There are various theories about where the name Aldgate came from. The earliest record of Aldgate has it listed as East Gate, which correlates with its location near the Roman Wall in the medieval period. Another interpretation of its current name is “Ale Gate”, which indicates that an ale-house might have been close.” It may also have derived from “All Gate”, which may have pointed to the area’s openness to all. However most scholars seem to agree that the most likely meaning of “Aldgate,” however, is “Old Gate,” which gives us an indication of Aldgate High Street’s antiquity, and its long history dating back to Roman times.
Throughout most of the area’s recorded history 13th–17th century, it was used for defensive functions and was only ever breached on two occasions. The first occurred during the Peasants Rebellion in the summer of 1381 when thousands of insurgents from the surrounding area, assisted by sympathisers entered the City through Aldgate. The second time a breach happened was in the summer of 1471 when troops led by Thomas Fauconberg forced open the gate. The gate was finally removed in 1761 but was temporarily re-erected at Bethnal Green.
Today Aldgate is city life epitomised, buzzing streets with so many things to do.
Aldgate is filled with so many things to do! The area is steeped in history with plenty of museums to go to and tours to go on. There are also loads of shops for the shopaholics and restaurants for those feeling peckish.
Jack the Ripper tour
Brick Lane Market
The market opens from 9am to 5pm on a Sunday, however the surrounding shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are open 7 days a week.
The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
Tower of London
Just a couple of minutes walk from Aldgate East Underground Station in Zone 1, you have London on your doorstep. You will be just to the east of ‘The City’, London’s famous financial district, moments away from Brick Lane, Spitalfields Market and a plethora of art galleries, restaurants and independent boutique shops. One of the most fun and sociable student residences, this is the ideal place to spend your time in London if you wish to meet and make friends with students from all over the world. There is Wi-Fi throughout the building, communal areas and a dedicated on-site management team to help settle you in and to keep you safe.