About the Area
Moorgate is a region of the London district of City, which is one of the most important locations in the global finance sector. The Moorgate area is located around the junction of Moorgate Street and London Wall. The name Moorgate dates back to the 15th century, when the Romans constructed the "moor gate" as a postern in the London Wall. Today, although the wall has been long demolished, the name lives on in modern-day London as the moniker of both an important thoroughfare and an important transit stop. Aside from the Roman legacy, this region is also historically important for another reason: it was the birthplace of romantic poet John Keats, who was born in the Swan and Hoop Inn at 199 Moorgate in 1795.
Places Of Interest
Today, you will find contemporary office buildings of all sorts around Moorgate, as well as historic buildings like the Bank of England Building on Threadneedle Street. One of the newest office buildings in the area is Moor House, a 19-storey building that was built in 2005. This building is remarkable in terms of its unique design and glass exterior, and for the fact that it is wedged right in between two much older pre-existing structures. Across the road from this building is a campus of the London Metropolitan University, which houses the University's business school, as well as a library and other administrative facilities. Just east of there, you will find the Finsbury Circus gardens, which occupy a 5,000 square metre plot of land in the middle of the busy Finsbury Circus traffic circle. Then, just south of that, you will find the luxury Apex London Wall Hotel, a 4-star establishment on a peaceful side street which is removed from the noise of the city, but near enough to many of London's most popular attractions. Other local businesses of note in the area include restaurants like the Globe (pub fare) on Moorgate, as well as Mehak (Indian cuisine) and Pod (a coffee shop) on London Wall. There are also a number of major banks in the area such as Barclay's, Halifax, HSBC, and Lloyd's. Most of these banks can be found near the junction of Moorgate and Ropemaker Street.
The Moorgate area is accessible directly from Moorgate station, which serves both Underground and Overground lines. The Underground tube station is on the Circle, Metropolitan, Northern, and Hammersmith and City Lines, while the Overground train station is part of the National Rail service and connects travellers and commuters to Hertford and Letchworth. By bus, the station is accessible via routes 21, 43, 76, 100, 133, 141, 153, 205, 214, 271, N21, N76, and N133. Those hoping to access the area by car should be aware that daily charges apply as Moorgate is part of the London congestion zone. That being said, there are street parking spaces available throughout the area surrounding Moorgate station. The nearest car park, however, is on London Wall, near the junction with Aldersgate Street. Many who access the area, such as London Metropolitan University Students, will prefer to cycle using one of the Barclay's Cycle Hire bikes, which are available at docking stations throughout the area.