One of London's most picturesque Georgian villages famous for inspiring some of Charles Dickens' most famous works, its atmospheric Victorian cemetery, and being the quaint habitat for celebrities historical and present.
What to Expect
Highgate exists in a kind of splendid isolation and is ‘one of London’s best kept secrets’. Known for inspiring some of Charles Dickens' most famous works, strict planning laws maintain the character of this picturesque village. Everything remains as it was when world-renowned artists, dashing highwaymen, and political revolutionaries used to drink in its pubs, though the quaint cottages are now owned by today’s rich and famous.
See centuries-old Georgian homes once resided in by great artists, actors and musicians such as Charles Dickens, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, AE Housman, JB Priestley, Yehudi Menuhin and the Bloomsbury group's Roger Fry; and pubs once patronized by the likes of Lord Byron, William Hogarth, Karx Marx and members of the Monty Python. There's also the historical Lauderdale House; the great views from Waterlow Park; and of course Highgate's atmospheric Victorian cemetery, an inspiration to writers ranging from Bram Stoker to Neil Gaimon, the resting place of many an interesting personality, and fountain of many a quirky story.