Focus on: Aldgate
As part of our neighbourhood exploration series, we’re taking a look at the area around our Aldgate office…
If you’re looking for flexible workspace in a City of London location, you need look no further than our thriving offices at 150 Minories in Aldgate.
This flexible workspace offers a stunning new reception and coffee lounge, together with an auditorium and spacious coworking area. With an all-inclusive monthly package, with no deposit needed, fully stocked kitchens, cutting-edge security and beautiful break-out areas, these offices are great for growing businesses. Clients can also enjoy the benefit of an exclusive on-site gym, with free weekly personal training, to keep you and your business in great shape.
The vibrant surroundings of Aldgate offer excellent transport links and easy access to a full range of local eateries and the bustling Leadenhall market. It’s no wonder this centre won the prestigious ‘Business Centre of the Year 2015’ award from the Business Centre Association.
Gateway to the City
Aldgate started off as a gateway with two towers, offering access to the original City of London. It was home to many groups of people: the humble Augustinian priory of Holy Trinity Aldgate, created by King Henry I’s wife Matilda; a Jewish settlement in what was referred to as the Aldgate Ward; and to Geoffrey Chaucer who resided within the original Aldgate gatehouse when he was a customs official. The area is steeped in history, much of which can still be seen today.
The history and culture of Aldgate now revolves around finance; there are many famous financial buildings here, including the Lloyd’s Building and the London Metal Exchange. There’s culture too, with sculptures from the 1980s onwards dotted around for viewing.
Aldgate’s coffee spots
The financial district is probably run on coffee, so there are plenty of places to choose from. Highly recommended is Dulce Café, a classy independent coffee shop with a table outside to enjoy your coffee in the sun. The Aldgate Coffee House is a favourite of local workers looking for a caffeine boost from somewhere independent. If you’re raring to go, Black Sheep Coffee serves strong brews that’ll keep you going through the work day and beyond. Most convenient of all is the 150 Minories in-house coffee lounge, with barista served fresh coffee and a selection of delicious snacks and light meals.
Lunchtime market browsing
Aldgate is host to the bustling Spitalfields Market, famous for its quirky fashion finds and amazing street food. Check out The Duck Truck, Beijummy, Le Swine and more for savoury dishes that will make your mouth water, and visit Crosstown Doughnuts and Konditor for dessert – you won’t regret it.
Cocktail hour choice
There are cocktails galore if you know where to find them. For a themed night, visit Patch East, where every room has a different vibe. At The Alchemist Bevis Marks, cocktails come served with a side of science and plenty of dry ice. For a quirky yet classic cocktail experience, go to The Jewry Bar. Once a month a themed cocktail event is put on in the 150 Minories Lounge which is also kitted out with a full bar.
Dining out on delicious food
This area of the City boasts many wonderful places to go to dinner, including Halal, an Indian restaurant that has been open since before WWII; Lyle’s, a Michelin starred establishment; and many more.
A history fan favourite
As mentioned before, Geoffrey Chaucer himself used to live in the area, making it a place for bookworms to explore. However, it’s probably Aldgate’s association with the fascinating Jack the Ripper that makes it a history fan hotspot. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour after hours and travel back in time.
Drama, music and cinema
London’s oldest music hall, Wilton’s, is just around the corner, giving you plenty of options from theatre to music to dance extravaganzas. There’s also the Curzon Aldgate for a lush cinema experience.
If you fancy a Friday night to remember, you can explore the many pubs and bars in the area. The Hoop and Grapes is renowned for surviving the Great Fire of London, and it’s a great place to drink to this day. The Three Tuns is a traditional pub with all the trimmings and a great roof terrace to escape the city hustle.
Find out how your business can join this buzzing location in the centre of London’s financial City hub. With high-speed WiFi throughout, check out BE Offices’ Aldgate business centre for great value bright, airy and modern workspaces.
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