Aldgate Restaurants: dining in historic Aldgate. Typical of London, Aldgate is steeped like strong Earl Gray in history. Aldgate used to be the easternmost entrance to the City of London, complete with 'welcome heads' on spikes and Geoffrey Chaucer living above the eponymous gate when he worked as a customs official. I’m sure he would have known about the best restaurants in Aldgate, but sadly Chaucer has taken his secrets regarding the best Aldgate restaurants of the 14th century to the grave. Moving on! Aldgate occupies the area defined by White Kennet Street to the north and the brilliantly named Crutched Friars to the south (Chaucer would have known the origin of that one, we’re sure), with Leadenhall and Fenchurch Street being the main thoroughfares through Aldgate and the City of London.