Aldgate is in the City of London but close to the border with the East End. In fact, its name is taken from a gate in the ancient wall which used to surround London. Like the name ‘London’ itself, the origin of Aldgate’s name has been somewhat lost in the mists of time. Apparently, it’s not simply ‘Old Gate’, but may have been the much more promising ‘Ale Gate’! Let’s explore some of the best places to Live in Aldgate.
Aldgate offers the best of both worlds
This area is known in the property development world as ‘City Fringe‘. It is a sliver of the eastern city of London which has recently seen significant residential development in an otherwise intensely office-centric district. Overall, this means that residents have the best of both worlds. Sensible city life on the one hand, and edgy East End life on the other. What’s not to like?
Best places to live in Aldgate
But where are the best places to live in Aldgate? The best way to find out is by asking the people who already live there, and we did exactly that! Every day, we speak to hundreds of locals across the capital. We ask what they think not only about their area but also about their specific homes. This is what they said.
According to the latest results available, the best place to live in Aldgate is City Quarter in E1. It sits on Hooper Street, which is less than a five-minute walk from Aldgate East Station and just seven-minutes from Fenchurch Street mainline station. It’s worth remembering though, that many people who live here will work in the City and will just want to walk to work. Most of the city is less than a half-hour walk from City Quarter. Berkeley Homes built City Quarter in 2008 over as 294 apartments spread over 27,000 square metres.
One particular thing that residents have told us they love about City Quarter is, unsurprisingly, the location. Homeowner Lisa Klepikova had the following to say about living here:
“The location is great it has surrounding train stations (aldgate east) a cinema, Sainsburys, bars, restaurants all within a 1-minute walk if that! the building is very modern with glass balconies and a light grey exterior.”
The second-highest rated development in Aldgate is Cityscape, E1 which is virtually right on top of Aldgate East tube station. Telford Homes developed the homes on this scheme in the fourth quarter of 2012 and comprises 128 flats. Residents enjoy 24hr concierge service, a private residents’ gymnasium, under-floor heating, secured bicycle storage, and optional basement parking. According to the residents we spoke to, one of the factors about the scheme they rated most highly was the design, which has so far scored very impressively.
In third place, The Relay Building, originally named One Commercial Street, is a Redrow Homes development. It comprises 217 studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments in a 23 storey building. The development is conveniently located above Aldgate East station, which is served by the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
3.97 (19 reviews)
3.97 (19 reviews)
In fourth, Altitude Point is a development by Barratt Homes in the heart of Square Mile, made up of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a selection of penthouses – all housed in a 27-storey tower. Close by are famous London hotspots like Brick Lane and Spitalfields, while transport links come courtesy of Liverpool Street, Aldgate and Aldgate East stations.
3.96 (23 reviews)
3.96 (23 reviews)
Rounding off the top five is Goodman’s Fields by Berkeley Homes. It’s a popular choice for the quality of its facilities. The scheme features a collection of 864 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments and studios in a 23-storey building. London Fenchurch Street is also within a short walking distance from the development with links into Central London.
Explore Aldgate and more
If you want to find out more about what it’s like to live in Aldgate and its surrounding areas, check out our dedicated area guides below.
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