Exploring the history of Aldgate | What to see and do in Aldgate, London

Located within the beating heart of the busy London city, Aldgate was once home to one of the gates in the former London Wall, and is now at the stem of England’s finance sector. Known to be one of the poshest areas of London, Aldgate is home to many business centres. With all that said, here is a list of things you can see and do in Aldgate. Here’s our top picks.

History

Aldgate derived its name from Aldgate high street which was home to the former gate in the London Wall. In the 18th century, Aldgate was at the epicentre of the sugar refining industry. The historic street pattern in central Aldgate was redeveloped in the 1970’s to form Aldgate Square. The border of the former London Wall runs along the western side of the Square.

Aldgate is now at the epicentre of the finance and business industry and hosts a range of lavish business and leisure complexes. With so much to do in and around the area, Aldgate is a great location for a hotel.

What to do in Aldgate 

  • Visit Heron Tower

Producing some of the most stunning views of the London landscape, Heron Tower is the third tallest building in London, and a remarkably designed skyscraper that adds a great deal of beauty to the London skyline. If you want to embark on a unique dining experience and see some blissful views of the capital, Heron Tower is worth the trip.

  • Take a look around Sky Garden 

Due to its unusual but unique shape, the Sky Garden is known as the walkie talkie. Famously known for being a huge glass dome, Sky Garden is another exquisitely structured skyscraper that has three floors of unique public gardens and exclusive social spaces, indoor and out. Sky garden also has an open-air terrace, fancy restaurants and a Sky Pod Bar.

  • Jack The Ripper Museum and tour

Did we mention that Aldgate is home to Whitechapel Road, infamously known for the 19th century Whitechapel murders which are believed to be associated with Jack the Ripper? Well, at this museum you can witness original artefacts from the actual crime scenes and explore more into the sinister series of crimes. There are also some spook-tacular Jack the Ripper trails to book in for in this area, but these are not for the faint hearted.

  • Explore the Tower of London

Founded by William the Conqueror in 1078, The Tower of London is one of London’s most iconic sites, and has served as a prison and a royal residence throughout its history. The White Tower, its walls, and other areas of the castle may all be explored by visitors. The tower is adjacent to the Tower Bridge, another important and popular attraction of the city.

  • Whitechapel Gallery

This public art gallery is one of the most immaculate and interesting galleries in the country. Showcasing a range of local and international art and portraits, the Whitechapel gallery is a must visit for those interested in art.

So if you plan on visiting the stunningly structured area of Aldgate, these are just five things you should consider doing.

 

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