A woman has been found dead in an apartment in Bethnal Green.
The children's school informed the police after the woman failed to pick them up.
Police were called at 16:06hrs on Thursday, 24 March, to concerns for the welfare of a woman at a residential property in Globe Road, E2.
The 40-year-old woman was found with stab injuries. Despite the best efforts of the emergency service, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, according to a police statement on Friday.
While formal identification awaits, a murder investigation has been launched.
Detectives from the Met's Specialist Crime Command are treating the death as suspicious.
A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 26 March.
No arrests have been made, but a crime scene is likely to remain in place over the coming days as police examine the scene.
Officers are appealing to anyone with useful information to come forward.
Detective Chief Inspector Laurence Smith, leading the investigation, said: "A dedicated team of officers is working around the clock to trace the person responsible for this, and my thoughts are with this woman's family as they come to terms with their tragic loss.
"It is heart-breaking that yet another woman has been killed. All women and girls have the right to feel safe, at any time, day or night, in public or at home, and we will do everything we can to find those responsible for this.
"Tackling violence against women is one of the Met's top priorities. Police officers, including forensic specialists, remain at the scene. We will continue to carry out door-to-door enquiries, and local people will also see additional police in the area.
"We are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information, to contact us. No matter how insignificant you think your information might be, please don't hesitate to get in touch. It could be key to this investigation."©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.