Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once moved here in an attempt to tackle his opium addiction – and it was also the supposed haunt of the ‘Highgate vampire’. Whether or not Samuel was able to fight his demons in the end – we don’t know for sure. But we can certainly see why he chose Highgate to try! Oh and just for the record… no vampire was ever found. Phew! Here’s everything you need to know about this beautiful part of North London…

What’s Highgate like?

Perched on top of a big hill and situated on one of London’s highest points, Highgate offers spectacular views across the city. Bordering the east side of Hampstead Heath, residents have access to wide open space and a sense of the countryside right on the doorstep.

Highgate is known for its serene, village-like qualities. It has its own green pond, a central square and is brimming with beautiful 18th century buildings. The architecturally appealing housing stock here attracts largely affluent professionals and city workers, who, for a hefty price tag are able to enjoy the tranquillity that Highgate offers, whilst also being afforded fast routes in to the city.

Highgate is a magnet also for creative individuals and A-listers who are drawn to the area for its modern art scene, period charm and culture. The Red Hedgehog holds regular classical concerts and theatrical performances and there’s fringe theatre at the Gatehouse and comedy/arts at Despard.

Shopping and Restaurants

Residents here are rightly pleased with the abundance of independent boutiques on the highstreet. The High Tea of Highgate, Highgate Bookshop and Highgate Pantry are among the local favourites. There are a range of fantastic shopping destinations in easy walking distance from the village for residents to take advantage of too.

Highgate has a notable selection of gastro-pubs. The Wrestlers, The Bull, The Flask, The Red Lion, The Angel Inn, The Dukes Head and The Spaniards Inn are all well worth a visit.

Highgate residents are spoilt for choice on the dining scene front. Pretty much every cuisine is available. Take a look at what’s on offer here.

Is Highgate good for families?

Families are especially attracted to Highgate for the private schools, including the coeducational Highgate School and Channing School for girls. However there are great schools in the state sector too, with options including St Aloysius’ CollegeSt Michael’s C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School and Highgate Primary School.

Get more information on schools in Highgate here.

Open space: 

Highgate is surrounded by green spaces. Not only does it have broad swathes of its own woodland, visitors and locals alike can enjoy Waterlow park, Queens Wood, Hampstead Heath and The Highgate Bowl.

Sights and attractions in Highgate

Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery, Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ.

This is the Capital’s most famous graveyard. Also classified as a nature reserve, Highgate Cemetery contains the graves of historical figures Karl Marx, George Eliot and John Singleton Copley. It’s one of the most beautiful resting places in the world.

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Highgate Contemporary Art Gallery

26 Highgate High Street, London N6 5JG.

Established in the mid-1950s, Highgate Contemporary Art is an independent art gallery representing British and International artists. The gallery showcases a diverse collection of work, from Modern British to contemporary abstract.

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Holly Village

Holly Village, Highgate, North London N6

 Holly Village is a unique group of cottages created by Angela Burdett-Coutts, one of the richest women in Victorian England, second only to Queen Victoria. This village within a village consists of eight Grade II* listed Victorian Gothic buildings built around a green, with four pairs of adjoining cottages.

Jackson’s Lane Art Centre

269A Archway Rd, Highgate, London N6 5AA

This multi-arts venue is located in a Grade II listed former Wesleyan Methodist church and has been a creative and cultural hub for North London for over fourty years.

See Jacksons Lane Art Centre venue details

How much does it cost?

Get the latest Highgate property market details here.


Highgate village is within the N6 postcode

Travel in Highgate

Tube: Highgate Tube station is on the Northern line and is around a ten minute walk from the village. Underground services from Highgate station in Zone 3 take just 20 minutes to Bank.

Buses: The area is well served by buses, with commuter buses running around the clock. Local bus routes include numbers 143 (to Brent Cross), 210 (to Finsbury Park), and the 603 (to Muswell Hill). Both buses 214 and 271 (to Moorgate) operate 24 hour services.

 Cycle: The city is around 30 minute cycle away.

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