A little bit of history
Until late Victorian times Highgate was a distinct village outside London, on the main road to the north. Historically, the area bordered the Bishop of London's hunting estate, with the Bishops tollhouse sitting at the entrance to his land. Pubs sprung up nearby, and to this day you can get a pint in The Gatehouse. The centre of Highgate is still known as Highgate village and, with its collection of Georgian shops, pubs and restaurants, it retains a very village-y feel. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd wandered into the English countryside.
Need to know
The philosopher Karl Marx is buried in Highgate Cemetery. Highgate is divided between three boroughs, Camden, Islington and Haringey.
For fresh fruit, veggies and other treats head to Highgate Village Fruiterers, organic shop Forks & Corks or Alexandra Palace Farmers Market every Sunday. For excellent meat check out Highgate Butchers. Kit out your little ones at Notsobig on Highgate High Street. And find the perfect chair for that corner at WCD. We also have an excellent independent bookshop, Highgate Bookshop.
HIGHGATE'S EXCELLENT POSITION AND UNIQUE CHARACTER HAS ATTRACTED ARTISTS AND CREATIVE TYPES THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY, FROM DICKENS, TS ELIOT AND BETJEMAN, TO GEORGE MICHAEL, VICTORIA WOOD AND STING.