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Highgate Village
Hampstead Heath
London, N6

Closest station: Archway

Opening times:
Monday – Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am-4pm

Highgate Village of Hampstead

Highgate Village in Hampstead Heath is considered one of the most striking scenes of nature in London and takes visitors decades back through history.

The village is in fact not a village anymore, but instead a collection of quaint shops and restaurants, a gothic cemetery, a red brick Victorian-style school, a historic wood and several ponds.

A gothic cemetery

High cedar trees, shrubbery and wild flowers ornament the historical cemetery of Highgate.

"With its old style catacombs covered with green nature, the cemetery has been an inspirational spot for gothic film makers," says Elizabeth Mary, 42, who organises daily-guided tours through the cemetery.

Anyone who wants to enjoy Highgate should not miss visiting the Victorian graveyard, which includes tombs of famous personalities like communist philosopher Karl Marx, novelist George Eliot and members from the Dickens family.

"This is a very pleasant place to live because of the taste of history," local resident James says. "You feel [it] when you go around the cemetery or visit the fine old Kenwood house which is undergoing renovation works now." 

Around Highgate

When you go around the village, you can enjoy a refreshing bath or just relax around one of the Highgate ponds. They provide visitors with a chance to connect with nature. 

In the distance, visitors can glimpse the skyline of London, making it extremely difficult to leave.

Highgate also attracts visitors to watch the National Running Championship, a nationwide event which takes place there every February.

Highgate Wood, a rare place of natural beauty, reminds me of what old London must have been like.

"I prefer walking here because I feel that this place takes me years and years into the past when all London used to be a wood," says David Evans, 56, who always wanders through the wood with his little black dog.

The network of narrow lanes and gnarly trees make the woods a favourite place to spend enjoyable times with family or friends.

"More or less, it is a relaxing and healthy natural place where one can run or walk with his pet in a relatively not spoiled environment," Mr Evans said.

The woods were declared an open space for the public in 1885, after a local campaign to stop renting it to developers who used them for commercial purposes.

Motasem Dalloul