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Aldgate Area Guide


Characterised by impressive high rise buildings, such as the iconic 30 St Mary Axe (better known as the Gherkin), Aldgate is popular with young professionals working in the City and Docklands.

Shopping lovers will enjoy being in such close proximity to well-known London markets such as Spitalfields, Leadenhall and Petticoat Lane. And no description of Aldgate would be complete without noting its proximity to Brick Lane – home of Bangladeshi curry houses, trendy bars, boutique galleries, and both cutting edge and vintage fashion.


While many city workers can skip public transport and walk to work from Aldgate, for those travelling a little further away Aldgate is a commuter’s paradise with plenty of options to choose from.

Nearest Tube Stations

Aldgate: Metropolitan Line, Circle Line

Aldgate East: Hammersmith & City Line, District Line

Tower Hill:  District Line, Circle Line.

Aldgate residents are also walking distance away from Tower Gateway DLR and both Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street National Rail stations.

Dining & Entertainment

Aldgate is blessed with an exciting and vibrant dining scene. So much so, that it was difficult to narrow it down to our favourites.

Capital Heights team favourites:

Duck and Waffle

40th Floor, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY

Recommended for: great food with spectacular views

It’s 40th floor location provides unbeatable views over London, with an inventive menu that will keep your taste buds interested. Advance bookings are essential for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but it’s open 24 hours so if you’re up for a midnight feast you’re much more likely to walk in and get a great table.


78-79 Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 3DH

Recommended for: great steaks and knowledgable wait staff

Arguably the best steak in London, with five-star service that keeps us coming back for more. The Argentinian-influenced fare is a carnivore’s dream.

Number 49

49 Aldgate High St, London EC3N 1AL

Recommended for: a glass of wine on the terrace on a sunny day

Eclcectic interiors, great food, outdoor terrace

Proud Cabaret

No.1 Mark Lane (Corner of Dunster and Mark Lane), London EC3R 7AH 

Recommended for: a decadent evening of glitz and glamour

Proud Cabaret manages to provide a world class show while also delivering excellent food. Performances range from music, burlesque and dance to circus acts and acrobatics. Add in the incredibly attentive wait staff, and this place is perfect for a special night out.

Insider’s Tip:

The Aldgate Pump, a Grade II listed structure located at the junction of Fenchurch Street and Leadenhall Street, marks the official point at which the East End of London begins.


Primary Schools

  • Sir John Cass's Foundation Primary School
  • English Martyrs Roman Catholic Primary School
  • Canon Barnett Primary School
  • Christ Church CofE School

Secondary Schools

  • Al Ashraaf Secondary School
  • London Enterprise Academy
  • London East Academy
  • Ebrahim Academy
  • Madani Secondary Girls’ School
  • The Complete Works Independent School

Local Authority

Tower Hamlets

Latest Council Tax rates

You might also be interested in our other Tower Hamlets area guides:

Aldgate East

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