The City: A Visitor's Guide
Feb 25, 2019
Situated between the City and the East End, Tower Hill has become increasingly popular in recent years. This is thanks to its close proximity to the City, which makes it an ideal living area for professionals working in the Square Mile, where living space is hard to come by.
It is one of the oldest parts of London and has been settled since the bronze age. The character of the area reflects this, with ancient buildings mingling with the gleaming glass facades of newer buildings. There are also a number of historical landmarks in the area, most famously the Tower of London, from which the area takes its name.
The wide variety of attractions in the area, combined with its thriving cultural scene and impressive collection of markets and shops make Tower Hill a perfect living choice for City professionals looking for a place to live that isn’t too far from work.
With so many landmarks nearby, exploring the area is a great way to spend the evening. The Thames is nearby, and a leisurely stroll down the river is a superb way to take in the sights of London. Keep an eye out for the Shard, City Hall and HMS Belfast.
The area is also home to a wide variety of bars and restaurants. For a slice of Americana in the centre of London, Bodeans boasts ‘the best ribs this side of the Atlantic’. And it's not just the ribs. They serve a range of American comfort food, from chicken wings to burritos; all accompanied by live baseball, basketball and NFL of course! For a decidedly more European experience, you can visit The Wine Library, which offers (as you might expect) a wide selection of wines alongside high-quality food carefully sourced from across Britain and France. The bar and restaurant, located in a cellar, provide a sophisticated backdrop for your dining experience.
For a completely different type of evening, we recommend joining one of the many Jack the Ripper tours in the area. They’ll take you on an interesting journey through the murk and intrigue of Victorian London. Expert guides, theatrical performances and handheld projectors are all used to bring the history of the area to life (We promise it’s a lot safer now though!). Most tours run every night at 7:30 pm from either Tower Hill or Aldgate East tube stations so make sure you don’t miss out.
Tower Hill is filled with things to see and do on the weekend, from tourist attractions to markets to art galleries.
The most famous landmark in the area is the Tower of London, a striking fortress built in 1066 following the Norman conquests. It’s had a colourful and sometimes gruesome history, having been used as a palace, zoo, prison and even torture chamber! Now it’s a tourist attraction, and home of the Crown Jewels, an impressive site in their own right. For tickets and more information click here.
Just across the river is the HMS Belfast, a nine deck World War 2 ship. It fired some of the first shots at D-Day and has now been turned into a museum. You can explore all nine decks of the ship, learn what life was like for sailors in the war and even engage in a simulated battle. For tickets and further information, click here.
For bargain hunters, we highly recommend to Petticoat Lane market. This clothes market is one of the oldest markets in London, and continues to attract tourists and locals alike. With over 1,000 stalls to choose from, your sure to find a bargain or a unique find. It’s held on Middlesex Street from 9am to 3pm.
A short walk north of the area is Whitechapel Gallery, a contemporary gallery showcasing a collection intended to push boundaries and raise questions about the modern world. It’s premiered several world-famous artists, including Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, so this could be a chance to see the future stars of the art scene. The gallery is open all year round and is free to visit.
Tower Hill is well connected to the rest of London, and is served by a number of tube stations. Tower Hill station is the most central. It operates services on the Circle and District lines which run directly into the City, then central and west London. Aldgate and Aldgate East stations are on the Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, providing easy access to the west of London. For more information on tube services, see the TFL tube map.
Tower Gateway DLR station also provides easy access to Canary Wharf and, for those relocating from mainland Europe, London City Airport is a short car journey away.