The gateway from the City to the East End, Aldgate is an area with a lot of urban amenities. Aldgate is both very central and very well-connected, and the local area is a diverse mix of commercial, office, and living space. Some of London's most famous markets and attractions (including Brick Lane) are nearby, in addition to being within walking distance of the financial hub of the City. Although it's a very built-up area, Shoreditch Park is close by, and offers many sports facilities.
City professionals are drawn to this area because of the easy commute and local amenities. However, until very recently, Aldgate's postcode was the least lived-in postcode in London. Still, recent regeneration investment means that more and more mixed-use developments are available, and more people are moving in. Aldgate has the promise of developing a strong community.
There is little crime in the area, and the breakdown shows various types of theft make up the majority of what there is. There are few instances of violent crime.
Parking in this area is expensive and difficult. The vast majority of Aldgate residents do not own a car.
Aldgate offers a selection of bars and pubs, although many cater to the after work crowd rather than the late night crowd. However, Aldgate has excellent transport connections and is very near Shoreditch, which remains a top nightlife destination.
This is not particularly a family area. There are few children living in the area, and almost three-quarters of those living in the ward have never been married. The area also largely contains flats, rather than family homes.
There is very little green space in this area, and most accomodation is purpose-built and/or luxury flats. Shoreditch Park, Victoria Park, and London Fields are a short distance away.
The vast majority of Aldgate residents do not own a car, and that's no surprise - you could hardly be better connected anywhere else. Residents have access to rail services at Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street, Fenchurch Street, Moorgate, and Cannon Street. For the DLR, Tower Gateway, Shadwell, and Monument are nearby. For access to the Central, Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines, use Tower Hill, Monument, Aldgate, Aldgate East, and Liverpool Street.