London Through the Looking Glass: Discover Highgate

“If you’re ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day,

you can see right down to Leicester Square.” – Ray Davies, London Song

London from highgate

Home to The Kinks’ very own Ray Davies, as well as the late great George Michael, Highgate is one of North London’s most interesting spots.

Yes, as the above quote suggests, Highgate is London’s highest point. Not only this, but the steep street linking Archway and Highgate village is called Highgate Hill and was the route of the first ever cable car to be built in Europe. It operated between 1884 and 1909. It’s not there now, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless.

Now, if you’re looking to enjoy one of North London’s most famous areas, we have a little itinerary for you to make sure you get the most from your visit (just expect a little uphill hiking)…

The Woodman

Head right out of the tube station, and you’ll see a pleasant pub with sporting a countryside ale house facade. The interiors are plush, and the pub garden makes for some great people watching. Sit here and enjoy a tipple before getting those legs into gear.

Highgate Cemetery

Okay, going to a cemetery might seem a little morbid, but this is no ordinary cemetery. Highgate Cemetery is clad with jaw-dropping tombs and ancient structures, framed by emerald green vegetation, and it’s home to some pretty notable characters including Karl Marx, Michael Faraday, Douglas Adams and George Eliot.

The view from Parliament Hill

Walk around 15 minutes from the cemetery, and you’ll hit the Highgate entrance of the mighty Hampstead Heath – one of London’s most epic open spaces.

Continue straight uphill until you reach the summit and you’ll be standing on the top of Parliament Hill. The panoramic views from here show the City of London and its many surrounding landmarks in all their glory – and if you like to take a snap or two, you mustn’t miss out. Well worth the sore calf muscles.

The Flask

Bowl back over to Highgate Village, and you’ll be able to enjoy some hearty grub and a couple of well-earned pints at The Flask, Ray Davies’ local. This is without doubt one of London’s best public houses and whether you’re sitting out in the courtyard or in a snug, a session here with friends will not be forgotten in a hurry.

The Boogaloo

By now you’ll most likely be in the party mood, so head down the hill, cross Archway Road, turn right, and on the corner, you’ll find The Boogaloo: dancehall, live music venue, juke joint, and premier North London party spot.

A night here is like travelling back in time to the days of Mod or the throes of the Northern Soul movement, and sometimes you’ll spot a local celebrity or two. We know Jude Law comes here for a knees up from time to time.

The perfect way to round of an amazing time in Highgate.

Highgate is a place we cherish, much like we do most of London. We’re a bit of a local resource and if you have any questions about storage or any of the areas we cover, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we love a good chat.

 

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