North-east of Hampstead Heath, Highgate has long been a distinguished neighbourhood. It has been home to notables for centuries: Dickens had James Steerforth live there in 'David Copperfield'. There's also the famous Highgate Cemetery, where people like Karl Marx and Douglas Adams are buried.
If hanging around a cemetery (however beautiful) isn't exactly your cup of tea, there are several great restaurants, pubs and bars in the area as well. Boogaloo, for example, is a pub that hosts a market and themed DJ nights.
What are your favourite Highgate haunts? Let us know in the comments.
Bars and pubs near Highgate
Jacksons Lane is all about the experimental arts and its heritage speaks for itself. Matt Lucas and David Walliams performed their first ever double-act show here, and companies such as Complicite and Shared Experience have found a platform at the Highgate venue.
This 20-acre green space – neighbouring Highgate Cemetery – is one of the capital's hidden gems. Its three ponds make it a perfect place for wildlife-spotting.