The City of London is the historic heart of the capital and, in its alternative guise as 'the Square Mile', remains one of the world's pre-eminent centres for trade and finance. Situated just at the edge of this district, Altitude offers a prime position to make the most of life in London, whether one's priority is work, study or simply having a convenient pied ? terre to enjoy the city's vibrant culture. 'The Aldgate location is an address to covet,' says Tim Gawthorn, associate director for residential development and investment with Jones Lang LaSalle. 'It is a unique place to live, surrounded by a fusion of the ancient and strikingly modern.' Illustrating the point, Gawthorn notes the City has never been just about business. It has always offered an eclectic choice of attractions ranging from traditional pubs like the Hoop and Grapes, which predates the Great Fire of 1666, to world-class restaurants, trendy wine bars and friendly local cafes. The neighbourhood also has a distinct creative and entrepreneurial scene. On the one hand, this is found in the nearby markets and street-side colour of destinations such as Brick Lane, Petticoat Lane and Old Spitalfields market. On the other, it is seen in more formal settings such as Whitechapel Art Gallery, the refurbished Truman Brewery, and the development of new waterside venues just a short walk away, alongside the River Thames. Excellent transport links mean getting to other parts of the city could not be more straightforward. From Altitude, it is just a few minutes to either Aldgate or Aldgate East underground station, and alternatives at Tower Hill and Tower Gateway are only a little further away. It is then possible to reach Canary Wharf in 13 minutes, Oxford Circus and the West End in around 20 minutes and Heathrow Airport in well under an hour. As a result, everything is within easy reach: Knightsbridge boutiques, Westfield Stratford City with its 300-plus brand-name stores and eateries, museums and galleries, cultural highlights, and a large selection of top colleges and universities. 'Living at Altitude will place you at the heart of everything London has to offer,' Gawthorn says. 'It is one of the world's most exciting cities and a fantastic place to live or study.