When I came out of the underground station in Aldgate, I was impressed by the skyscrapers. Aldgate East is a multicultural area, with a very Asian feel about it. There are many shops from around the world including Turkish, Indians and Arabian within a short walk of the residence. I think (culturally you would experience a lot here) people of these nationalities would feel very comfortable here, with plenty of familiar products to buy and food to eat.
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Close to The Whitechapel Gallery, you will find the entrance to Brick Lane. Brick Lane was a slum area of London and the scene the Jack the Ripper murders. At the beginning, there are only restaurants or small shops, which I personally found strange because I expected a cleaner and more attractive area. That’s because I saw the skyscrapers and well-dressed people by the tube station.
Brick Lane Market has several cafes and bars, which also provides a popular meeting point. There is also a vintage market open from Thursday to Sunday. In the streets you will find many vintage shops for shopping. I liked it because you have to search a little bit for the reason that they offer so many clothes. At the Old Spitalfields Market, there is a food market but also shops. Boxpark is a construction of shipping containers in which shops are located. The boxes look very cool, so I would go see them but sometimes they have high prices. From Brick Lane Market you will see a number of beautiful street art.
In Aldgate there is the Famous Coffee Shop with a large selection of coffee but also in the Cereal Killer Café which you should definitely try for breakfast. They offer a large selection of cereals I have ever seen everything from unicorn cereals to cornflakes. Maybe the most popular food shop in the area is the Bagel Bakery, it is open 24/7 and is very busy. You should definitely try a bagel. If you’re a cat lover and you’d like to enjoy coffee and cake in a different way, then you must go in Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. Important to note: This is a very popular location therefore it is essential to reserve a table online because it is often fully booked for the next 2 weeks. In my opinion, it’s so cute because it was such an unusual sight to see cats just relaxing in the window of a café.
Just a short walk from Aldgate is the Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The view of the River Thames and London is amazing but also very busy. I really liked it there because you can walk along the Thames or take a boat trip.
In summary, I liked the area but only from the Brick Lane market towards Shoreditch / Commercial Street. But because of the coffee shops and vintage shops. If you are in London I would definitely recommend visiting the area. I would give Aldgate a score of 3 out of 5.