Despite its modern desirability, East London has a fascinating history that is defined by the poverty and depravity of the Victorian era. The streets in this part of London were once the inspiration behind Charles Dickens’ novels. Although much of the Victorian East End has been demolished and replaced by modern buildings, numerous companies offer comprehensive tours of the rich history of the area. There are many attractions in the Aldgate area including:
- Whitechapel Art Gallery: Opened in 1901, this is one of the most impressive galleries in the United Kingdom, it captures the history of London’s East End. The gallery stands as a symbol of East London’s collective creative spirit and was the first in England to display the works of Pollock and Picasso.
- Heron Tower: This is the third tallest building in London, was completed in 2011 and contains some of the most spectacular views of London whilst offering various eating options. It is impossible to miss this building when walking through town.
- The Gherkin: Head to the structure while exploring the area, and head to the top level (40th floor) where you can enjoy a coffee with a 360 degree view of London.
Aldgate and the surrounding area contain some of modern London’s most iconic buildings. Due to Aldgate’s good connections to other parts of London, most iconic tourist destinations are a short distance away. Apartments in London’s Aldgate area are well placed to accommodate both corporate and leisure guests, but especially suited to corporate visitors due to the proximity to the financial heart of London.