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Aldgate

EC3

London

Hotels in Aldgate, London

EC3, London, United Kingdom

Aldgate

Hotels in Aldgate, London

Geoffrey Chaucher, the 14th century father of English literary bawdiness, lived directly above the eastern gate of London’s city centre in his day job as a customs official.

The Ale-Gate – nothing to do with booze; in old English it means ‘free gate’ as the only toll-free entry point of the city – was built by the Romans to let travellers from the east end through their London Wall, parts of which can still be seen in nearby Barbican. The gate’s now long gone, but Aldgate remains a major part of the City with a capital ‘C’: dominated by insurance institutions and Norman Foster’s attractive Gherkin skyscraper, Aldgate falls within the eastern edge of the Square Mile, the self-governed city-within-a-city and the richest financial district in the world.

Business and history aren’t the only reasons to visit Aldgate, though there’s plenty of the latter to keep the visitor entertained. Jack the Ripper struck in nearby Mitre Square, and the Hoop & Grapes pub (47 Aldgate High Street, 0207 481 4583) is the only 17th century timber-framed building left in the City of London – the rest were swept up in the Great Fire of London, which miraculously stopped yards from this alehouse’s door. Now, it’s a snug traditional joint with home-cooked food and some great stories to tell.

Aldgate East stands at the southern end of Brick Lane and Banglatown, equally renowned for drippingly cool nightlife, creative street markets and the best curries in town – soak up the exotic smells and atmosphere with an evening’s stroll here and you’re sure to be persuaded to dine by one of the many persistent, though friendly, restaurant touts.

Also nearby is the world-famous fashion and clothing market at Petticoat Lane. Petticoat Lane Market is one of Britain's oldest running markets and is best visited on a Sunday when there can be up to 1000 stalls.

The Circle and Metropolitan Underground lines serve Aldgate, and Aldgate East – a five minute walk away – is on the Hammersmith & City and District lines, both ten minutes from King’s Cross.

Interesting things
Rail Station
9 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AH
Street
St Botolph Street, London, EC3A
Commercial
200 Aldgate, London, E1 8EP
Street
London, EC3
Street
Vine Street, London, EC3N
Restaurants and bars
Aldgate Colony Wine Bar and Restaurant
Pub Food
48 Aldgate High St, London, EC3 N1AL
Number 49
Wine Bars
48-49 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AL
Kasturi
Indian
57 Aldgate High Street, London, EC3N 1AL
San Nazzaro
Italian
57 Aldgate High St, London, EC3 N1AL
Matabs Restaurant
Indian
76 Aldgate High St, London, EC3 N1BD

Around the Aldgate, London

Restaurants:

  • Aldgate Colony Wine Bar and Restaurant, Pub Food, 48 Aldgate High St, (0.0km)
  • Number 49, Wine Bars, 48-49 Aldgate High Street, (0.1km)
  • Kasturi, Indian, 57 Aldgate High Street, (0.1km)

Bars:

  • Fine Line, 124 Minories City London, (0.2km)
  • Slug & Lettuce, 9 Stoney Lane City London, (0.3km)
  • Market Bar & Restaurant, 1 - 2 Crutched Friars City London, (0.3km)

Shopping:

  • Nearest Department Store: Marks & Spencer, Liverpool Street, (0.7km)
  • Nearest Shopping Centre: Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, (0.5km)
  • Art Gallery: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 80-82 Whitechapel High Street, (0.3km)
  • Museum: The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University Old Castle Street, (0.3km)