Mr Daniel Morgorosi, a resident of the Island Gardens estates, celebrated his 100th birthday on Saturday 27 January.
He received his letter from the Queen and was presented with gifts and birthday cake by EastendHomes staff.
Mr Morgorosi was born in South Africa and moved to London in 1965. Since then he has always lived in Tower Hamlets, first in Bethnal Green, he then moved to Island Gardens in 1975, where he has lived ever since. He has not been to South Africa for some time and commented that it was a very different place when he left compared to now.
When asked the secret of long life, Mr Morgorosi said:
"I think it's good luck, staying active, interest in life and history, and eating lots of vegetables."
Since retiring and keen to keep his brain active, Daniel has taught himself French and is a keen follower of sports especially football (his favourite team are Arsenal) and tennis.
For one of his birthday gifts, EastendHomes staff presented Mr Morgorosi with a new widescreen TV so he can enjoy watching football on a big screen.
Alison Clarke, EastendHomes' Neighbourhood Housing Manager said:
"It is a real privilege to celebrate Mr Morgorosi's 100th birthday. He is such a great character and an inspiration to us all. He's never late, he walks everywhere and even insists on doing his own shopping. On behalf of everyone at EastendHomes and our local community at Island Gardens we wish him a very happy 100th birthday."