A guide to living in Aldgate
Part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, taking in Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall, Aldgate is an area of East London fondly regarded as the gateway to the financial district of Canary Wharf. This has led to an influx of young professionals, encouraging higher levels of residential development.
There are a variety of local landmarks in the area including Bevis Marks Synagogue which happens to be the oldest in the UK. On the other end of the spectrum, modern architecture fanatics can marvel at the Gherkin, an insurance building resembling one of the UK’s favourite pickled vegetables.
The surrounding areas and Aldgate itself are fantastic for shopping. Aldgate High Street has a range of well-known eateries and traditional pubs. Meanwhile, just around the corner is the entrance to Brick Lane, where you can find a plethora of bohemian and vintage clothing shops..
“Purpose-built flats and converted warehouses are the perfect home for the many young professionals now living in E1”
There are two popular markets in the area. The first of which, Spitalfields, London’s oldest market is now a 7 day shopping destination with style, arts and traders markets. Conversely, Petticoat Lane Market is only open on a Sunday, but it is worth the wait. It is a world famous market and you really could find anything here.
Eating & Drinking
Hawksmoor is a Spitalfields steakhouse which has generated a lot of buzz over recent years. The publicity seems to be justified though as customers can treat themselves to some of the best meat dishes in East London from gourmet burgers to racks of ribs.
Rough Trade East on Brick Lane is a reminder of what record stores should be like. Complete with café and enough vinyl for a lifetime, you can look cool here watching an impromptu gig by one of East London’s grittiest bands, whilst nonchalantly sipping your latte..
Travelling to Aldgate
National Rail links to the rest of the country are available from Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street, whilst commuters are spoilt for choice with Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations.