The incident, which has since proved to be a false alarm, occurred in the Harbour Exchange area of the Isle of Dogs, with local reports suggesting that a suspicious package had been identified by police.
An area around Harbour Exchange Square, home to the UK Financial Services Ombudsman, was reportedly cordoned off while police descended on the packages.
In a statement to the Daily Star, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said people had been evacuated from nearby buildings themselves as a precaution. It appears the scare was sparked by three briefcases left outside a Pret-A-Manger café.
Police have now stood down following the incident after determining there was no threat.
#projectservator assisted with a call to #harbourexchange @CanaryWharfGrp where 3 brief cases had been left outside @Pret. security called police and we decided to evacuate the area! Thank you for your co operation and assistance while we dealt with this matter! It all open again
— Tower Hamlets Police (@MPSTowerHam) August 28, 2018
It comes as eyewitnesses took to social media to post images of a high emergency services presence on the Isle of Dogs.
Whats happened mate?
— Gem Ibrahim (@gem_ibrahim) August 28, 2018
In some images a police bomb disposal unit can be seen travelling down a cobbled street near a Pret-A-Manger café.
A bit unnerving when a bomb disposal robot goes past my office in Harbour Exchange… pic.twitter.com/sDW6Um4Ys4
— Town Called Malice (@MickeyT_CPFC) August 28, 2018