Aldgate is a fantastic place to be located in The City of London.
Every now and then there’s a part of London that suddenly becomes “the” place and everyone wishes that they had known it while it was still finding its feet. Well, now is your chance with Aldgate, a fantastic part of the capital that we believe has great potential and it’s already starting to fulfil it.
Not only is our top tip to get out and explore Aldgate, but you’ve got the chance to stay there too. There is a wide selection of serviced apartments in Aldgate and SACO is building even more on Buckle Street to be opened soon. So what are you waiting for?
Aldgate is a historic part of The City, taking its name from the easternmost gate through the London Wall. At the northern end of the area, you’ll find John Cass’s School, where there is a plaque to denote where the London Wall once stood.
Today, the area continues to be a fascinating part of London, constantly changing and evolving. Some of the capital’s most iconic buildings can be found within Aldgate, including the unmistakable shape of 30 St Mary Axe, otherwise known as the Gherkin.
It’s not just the buildings that are groundbreaking in Aldgate either. It has a thriving arts scene and plenty of hip dining and drinking establishments, making it a great place to be located for your serviced apartment stay in The City.
The perfect mix of Shoreditch and The City
Aldgate sits at an interesting crossroads geographically, somewhere between Shoreditch and The City. Interestingly, this is where its vibe can also be found, letting it be serious and professional when necessary, but also achingly cool on cue.
Visit the Gherkin
At 180 metres tall, the Gherkin is a prominent landmark on the London skyline, but as its 40 storeys are prime office space, it’s not possible to go inside, apart from when rare public events are staged. It’s worth visiting the Gherkin to see the building up close, however, and sit on one of the stone benches inscribed with 20 lines of Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Arcadian Dream Garden.
Dine at Duck & Waffle
One skyscraper you can go inside, on the other hand, is Heron Tower, where you will find the highly acclaimed Duck and Waffle Restaurant on its 40th floor. It serves food 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the views are incomparable with anywhere else in the capital.
Jack the Ripper Tour
Meet outside exit four of Aldgate East Tube station at 7pm any night of the week and you will be transported back to Victorian England and the most notorious crime scene in London’s history. The unsolved mystery of Jack the Ripper continues to enthral people to this day and a two-hour tour of the key areas in the case makes for a fascinating evening. Tickets cost £10.
Incredible venues and events nearby
Being in Aldgate puts you close to some fantastic places and events. For example, Whitechapel Art Gallery is just a two-minute walk from Aldgate East Tube station. It has been going strong for more than a hundred years and its historic importance is reflected in its architecture. This free-to-visit gallery was among the first to bring the likes of Picasso and Pollock to East London and it continues to push boundaries to this day.
Brick Lane is just a 16-minute walk from Aldgate and every weekend holds its Sunday Up Market. Expect everything from clothes, jewellery, crafts and prints to food stalls showcasing cuisine from locations as far apart as Peru and Japan. A great way to spend a Sunday between 10am and 5pm.
When it comes to being linked up with the rest of London, Aldgate has a number of options. You can hop on the Underground at Aldgate East or Aldgate station and connect to the network via the Circle and Metropolitan lines. Alternatively, you can use the Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street mainline stations. If it’s the Docklands Light Railway you need, then Tower Gateway Station is your best bet.