Situated by the City's east gate,
St Botolph Aldgate may date back to the 10th century.
The present plain brick building
was designed in 1744 by George Dance, and the galleried interior
is notable for the original but rather strange ceiling lined
with angels, created by John Francis Bentley.
The writer Daniel Defoe was married
at St Botolph Aldgate in 1683.
St Botolph Aldgate has a history
of campaigning on social issues, and this tradition has been
maintained, with the crypt used as a day centre for the homeless.