Newham is a borough of London established in 1965 by the London Government Act 1963. It includes an area formerly administered by Essex County, counties of West Ham and East Ham, the authorities of which were both Abolished by the same Act.
The name Newham reflects its creation and incorporates the essentials of the old county name. Located in east London, Newham has a population of 387,576, the third highest of any London borough and making it the 17th most populous borough in England. The local government is Newham London Regional Council. It is located 5 miles east of the City of London, north of the River Thames, which the Lea River restricts to its west. Newham is one of six boroughs to host the 2012 Summer Olympics and hosts most of the Olympic Park, including London Stadium and the City of London Airport. Central counties include East Ham, West Ham, Stratford, Plaistow, Forest Gate, Beckton and Canning Town.
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