Aldgate-the outer edge of the City of London
As the City of London grows, central areas are starting to expand outwards from Zone 1. Places that were once quiet suburbs are becoming busy areas for businesses, shopping districts, tourism and nightlife. One of the prime examples is Aldgate, which lies right on the edge of the city; it’s nearby Liverpool Street and Tower Hill, and is accessible on the Metropolitan and Circle and District Lines, as well as regular running Aldgate taxis.
Aldgate has its place in history as the outer edge of the City of London, because it was actually once a gateway through London Wall. Although the gate no longer remains here, there is a commemorative plaque on Sir John Cass’ School, which now stands in its place. The bustling, fast pace of the city centre has spilled over into Aldgate East and Whitechapel, and house prices are steadily on the increase to represent this. Many people who work in the city choose to live here for the easy commute; if it’s not within walking distance, taxis in Aldgate are available at short notice to complete any London journey.
One of the major advantages of living in Aldgate is the proximity to Brick Lane, otherwise known as ‘the curry mile’. There are around 100 Indian and Pakistani restaurants serving authentic dishes at bargain prices here, and people come from all over the city to sample these Eastern delights. At night and over the weekend, this street really comes to life; there are bright colours from neon lights, music from around the world being played out of bars and stereos, market stalls selling food and antiques.
The majority of activity during the week is businesses operating from office buildings in Aldgate, so there’s a surge of workers coming and going at lunch time and after 5pm. For this same reason, a lot of the shops and cafes close over the weekends; aside from Brick Lane itself, there are not any tourist attractions here that draw visitors. If you’re hoping to pop to the pharmacy or the dry cleaners, your best bet is to go during normal business hours.
The area has become a firm favourite amongst young people, particularly those interested in fashion, music, media and the arts; this is due to it being on the doorstep of Shoreditch - one of the most trendy up-and-coming places in London. It’s only a short ride in an Aldgate taxi to get to somewhere like Hoxton Square, where the night life is always dynamic. In an ever-expanding city, Aldgate is definitely on the up.
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