Living in Aldgate
Once home to London’s slums, the East End of London and the City now retain a near mythical status as the home of Jack the Ripper and Pudding Lane the starting point the “Great Fire of London”. The area is steeped in history and in more recent times tales of murder and disaster have given way to stories of success as Shoreditch and the surrounding areas have taken up the mantle of London’s ever-changing arts and creative scenes and have played host to some world-leading exhibitions and design spaces.
Ever popular Shoreditch plays host to some of London’s most cutting edge eateries and with culinary delights to suit all budgets; Brick Lane continues to be a mecca for curry fans from all over the city. The area also plays host to one of London’s most famous entertainment scenes with the bars and clubs dotted along Rivington Street and Kingsland Road packed with locals and tourists enjoying the delights of one of London's hippest social hubs.
Finally if a few hours shopping and relaxing is more your style; Old Spitalfields Market, one of London’s oldest continually used markets (first opened in 1638) is a base for some of the world’s leading brands and boutique stores taking advantage of the stunning backdrop created by the markets beautiful buildings.
Did You Know:
- Aldgate takes its name from the gate built in 1052 as an entrance from the east into the City of London
- Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the Canterbury Tales lived in Aldgate between 1376 and 1386
- The East End of London was the location of the now infamous Whitechapel Murders, believed to involve Jack the Ripper in the late 1880s; with numerous walking tours discussing this and the areas other notorious villains
- Over the years East London has housed many famous and infamous names including, Damien Hirst, Russell Brand, William Shakespeare, Damon Albarn, Idris Elba and Alfred Hitchcock
- The City of London trades $2.7 trillion of Foreign Exchange turnover daily, which equates for 41% of global Foreign Exchange turnover
- 400,000 employees enter and work in the City of London daily
- The City is home to the oldest church in London, All Hallows built in 675
Architecture and property
Aldgate and the surrounding areas remain architecturally diverse, with large modern new builds, featuring premium leisure facilities sitting next to some of the areas listed warehouses and Victorian mansion blocks. Also hidden away in the City of London are some real jems nestling between the towering office blocks and finance houses.
Who lives there
The area is famous for its diversity and sees young professionals living alongside creatives, international students and families. Aldgate and the surrounding areas are also home to large Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani communities.
Where to eat: The City of London is full of great, easily accessible, world-class restaurants catering to the areas affluent professionals. Shoreditch and slightly further afield into Bethnal Green offer cutting edge culinary adventures at more reasonable prices.
Where to drink: The Shoreditch Triangle of Great Eastern Street, Curtain Road and Old Street are the beating heart of East London’s vibrant entertainment scene; every night of the week is busy and bustling with locals and tourists taking advantage of the bars and clubs dotted all along this strip.
Culture: As a cultural hub East London is world renowned. The Whitechapel Gallery has played host to the first UK exhibitions of a number of ground-breaking artists including Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo. The area also has plenty of musical pedigree with The Wilton Music Hall being the world’s oldest music venue. All this inspires the areas now incomparable arts and design scene, with Vogue recently voting East London as one of the world’s trendiest places.
Sports & Leisure: Love them or hate them West Ham United are the closest Premier League team and the area also offers a plethora of other sporting activities from rock-climbing to rowing and running to yoga all taking place outdoors and indoors at the areas multiple gyms.
Shopping: Old Spitalfields Market remains popular with tourists and locals; playing host to some of the world’s leading brands including Alexander McQueen and Belstaff, plus a host of local boutiques. For those looking to hit the stalls, Petticoat Lane and Brick Lane offer two of the city’s oldest and most famous street markets.
Parks & Green Spaces: Victoria Park and London Fields are two of the area’s most famous parks, offering cycle routes, walks, cafes, pubs and numerous seating areas for those looking to while away a sunny afternoon.
Underground (London only): The area is serviced by the following tube lines- District, Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitan, Central, Northern and DLR. Also as of 2018 Whitechapel will have a CrossRail stop
Overground: The area is serviced by the following overground lines- Great Northern, London Overground, C2C, Great Anglian and TfL Rail, connecting the east to the rest of London and beyond.
Bus routes: Aldgate and the surrounding areas are filled with bus routes linking the east with the rest of London.
Education: The area has 7 5* primary schools, along with 6 5* secondary schools. Aldgate is also the home of HULT International Business School, a campus of Coventry University, London Metropolitan, Queen Mary’s University and UEL.
Council & Tax Bands
Council: London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Council tax rates
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