The Hampstead Ponds or Highgate Ponds are three large freshwater swimming ponds — two designated single sex, and one for mixed bathing — fed by the River Fleet in Hampstead Heath.They were originally dug in the 17th and 18th centuries as reservoirs. A malarial marsh was drained by the Hampstead Water Company in 1777 to meet London's growing water...more
Waterlow Park is set on a hillside in Highgate boasting some of the best panoramic views over London and covers 20 acres. Within the Park is the historic Lauderdale House, which has a café, arts and exhibition centre, and formal terraced gardens. Waterlow Park has three ponds, tree lined walkways, mature shrub beds and herbaceous borders,...more
Highgate actually has two cemeteries. They both have entrances opposite each other on Swains Lane but only the East Cemetery is open to the public with daily openings .So the East Cemetery has an entry fee of £3.00 and you buy a ticket at the small portacabin building just inside the gate. Of course the most famous internee is Karl Marx but many...more
The photo below shows the view from Hillway on the gated Holly Lodge estate. Not only is it worth finding the estate for the view it is an interesting place to walk around and a little research in to this estate is quite rewarding. This is English suburbia at its best and very typical of a 1930s estate where it retains some character. As a...more
Turn right out of Archway station and between Magdala Road and McDonald Road (on Highgate Hill) is the Whittington Stone .This is supposed to mark the point where Dick Whittington, on his way out of London, heard the sound of Bow bells chiming 'turn again' and decided to return to the city. The present sculpted cat on the top of the stone was not...more
Cemetaries can come in many shapes. This is one of those where some gravestones are covered in grass and you feel almost as if in a meadow. The centrepiece of the whole place is Karl Marx' grave with a huge bust of him on which it says 'Workers of the world unite'. You will find people making their pilgrimage to it even today when you have to pay a...more
I have visited here a number of times but only for drinks and so cannot comment on the food but it does look very good. The café is open all day from breakfast until late and has seating inside and out - I did notice people were smoking recently in the outside section and this is illegal and should be stopped. The café is clean and well presented...more
This is a 1930s pub which has changed interior lately but in a very nice way. It is airy, but still gets crowded weekend nights when it can get quite noisy. We came on a quiet Easter Saturday and had a fabulous meal and great pints. As the pub is in the middle of wonderfully intellectual but expensive Highgate, the pub aims to please those two...more
Highgate is in zone 3 for ticketing and Archway is in zone 2/3. The stations are both on the Northern Line - the Northern Line is a complicated line for tourists because it has two destinations High Barnet and Edgware. If you are going to Highgate or Archway on the Underground you need to be on the High Barnet branch. If you are taking a Northern...more
The best way to travel to Highgate village is by bus - the walk from Highgate or Archway tube stations is up very steep streets and quite a long way (as I found out!) - there are not even any signs at Highgate station to direct you to the village.Take bus 210 - Golders Green to Finsbury Park / 143 Archway to Brent Cross / 214 Liverpool Street to...more
Highgate is quite an intellectual part of London, with lots of actors and actresses, authors and others living here. This also means that one thing to look out for are antiquarians. Old books is the thing to buy here. Just follow the High Street up the hill...
I was amazed at just how steep some of the streets in Highgate are. Do not take the tube to Highgate as I did - the streets up to the actual village are not only steep but the walk takes at least 12 minutes. Certainly if you have walking difficulties do not attempt this work. As someone who pushed someone (my late wife) in a wheelchair I would not even attempt to take a wheelchair up to the village from Highgate (or Archway) stations.
I have marked out the car registration plates to protect the car owners privacy - there is no graffiti problem in the village!