Centuries ago Aldgate took its name from the fortified gate (now long demolished) that allowed people to come and go through London's city wall. Nowadays it is considered as the gateway to Canary Wharf's thriving financial district
As you would expect from an area sandwiched between two major financial zones, Aldgate attracts a wide range of businesses, including several major insurance companies. Despite its reputation as a business district, it has recently seen an increase in residential development to accommodate an influx of young professionals attracted by the city lifestyle. Their arrival, together with a recent regeneration project around St Botolph's Church, has injected new life into what was formerly regarded as a more traditional part of the city and provided exciting opportunities for property investment in London.
Schools in Aldgate include the English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School and the acclaimed Sir John Cass's Foundation CoE Primary School. Secondary students attend the Mulberry School for Girls or the Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Boys' School. Coventry University also has a London campus here.
When it comes to attractions in Aldgate, Norman Foster's iconic skyscraper number 30, St Mary Axe (also known as 'the Gherkin') is hard to miss. Tucked away down a side street, and much harder to spot, is Bevis Marks Synagogue - the oldest synagogue in the UK. On Aldgate High Street you'll find a great selection of well-known chain restaurants and traditional pubs, while Leadenhall food market, Petticoat Lane Market and Brick Lane Market - with its huge selection of boho shops and eateries - are all close by. Lovers of culture will enjoy visiting Whitechapel Art Gallery, famous for its ground-breaking contemporary art exhibitions.
Located in Zone 1, Aldgate transport links provide direct routes throughout the capital. Aldgate station is on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, while Aldgate East station is on the District and Hammersmith & City Lines. Residents can also choose from ten different bus routes that pass through the area.
If you're looking for a City apartment for sale or rent or a London property investment opportunity, Aldgate is an area that combines historic buildings with exciting new homes and improved public spaces.
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