Until 2018 this was a traffic roundabout with St Botolph’s Aldgate sited in the middle. The area has now been brilliantly transformed into one of the City of London’s largest public spaces, Aldgate Square.
The two firms of architects responsible for this redevelopment were Gillespies and Make. Spouting water jets fascinate children and there is an area of grass with a range of seating plus a triangular pavilion with trees on the perimeter.
The square is now a popular spot for City workers, local residents and visitors. As part of the project the garden of the adjacent St Botolph’s church was enlarged to make a smaller enclosed garden.
Each year a Christmas tree is erected in Aldgate Square. The one shown is the 2021 installation.