Highgate area guide

Discover the best restaurants, pubs, parks and things to do in Highgate

They call the heart of Highgate ‘the village’ for a good reason. This impossibly pretty, olde-worlde neighbourhood has retained its village-y feel. There are atmospheric pubs like The Flask (which wouldn’t look amiss in a Cotswolds village), and a wealth of Georgian-style buildings – from jaw-dropping manor houses to romantic cottages. 

This part of London doesn’t have a heap of ‘sights’, although there is, of course, the magnificent, gothic Highgate Cemetery. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous place to wander on a Sunday afternoon and has not one, but three green spaces: Waterlow Park with its views towards central London; ancient Highgate Wood and not forgetting the mighty Hampstead Heath itself.

Highgate highlights

Hampstead Heath
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Hampstead Heath

North London’s vast and wild green space. 

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Highgate Cemetery
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Highgate Cemetery

The final resting place of some very famous Londoners. 

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5 out of 5 stars
Jacksons Lane
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Jacksons Lane

Local arts venue with an experimental edge.  

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5 out of 5 stars
Waterlow Park
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Waterlow Park

One of the capital’s hidden gems. 

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5 out of 5 stars

Pubs in Highgate

The Flask
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The Flask

Historic Highgate pub with a heated outdoor courtyard. 

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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The Gatehouse
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The Gatehouse

A roomy Highgate watering hole that reopened in March 2016. 

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The Duke’s Head
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The Duke’s Head

Craft beer behind the bar and monthly food residencies in the kitchen.

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5 out of 5 stars
Bull
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Bull

Another Highgate boozer that will transport you to the countryside. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Restaurants and cafés near Highgate

Ostuni Highgate
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Ostuni Highgate

A slick eaterie specialising in southern Italian cuisine.  

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4 out of 5 stars
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Red Lion & Sun
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Red Lion & Sun

A gastropub known for excellent Sunday roasts.

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4 out of 5 stars
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Pavilion Café
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Pavilion Café

Fantastic location on the edge of Highgate Wood. 

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
High Tea of Highgate
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High Tea of Highgate

A local tearoom with London-wide appeal.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Perfect weekend in Highgate

Dance: Boogaloo
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Dance: Boogaloo

North London crowds flock here for the themed DJ nights. 

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4 out of 5 stars
Swim: Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds
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Swim: Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds

Three beautiful wild swimming spots.

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5 out of 5 stars
See: Kenwood House
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See: Kenwood House

Neoclassical villa on the edge of Hampstead Heath.

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5 out of 5 stars
Shop: Greens of Highgate
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Shop: Greens of Highgate

Venue says: “Our new website has launched! Shop online for delicious fruit, veg, flowers and gifts. Use code 'Greens17' for 10% off your first order.”

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Love London Awards: this year’s winners

Pavilion Café
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Pavilion Café

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Walter Castellazzo Design
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Walter Castellazzo Design

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5 out of 5 stars
Waterlow Park
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Waterlow Park

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5 out of 5 stars
The Duke’s Head
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The Duke’s Head

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
See the full results of this year's Love London Awards

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Artway Emporium

Art & Antiques Emporium on Archway Road, just next door to Jackson's Lane, directly across the street from Highgate Station. You can find lots of hand crafted items, such as clothing, jewellery and artworks, also specially selected Vintage clothing, antiques and curiosities, kids toys and greeting cards. There is also an art gallery in the basement with various exhibitions and installations changing weekly/monthly. Highly recommended for Christmas shopping!

philip green

Great dog groomers and pet boutique on Highgate High street . The Boutique A new concept dog and cat boutique with the aim of sourcing and creating a well-designed stylish range with particular emphasis on handmade, natural, recycled & organic products. We also carry a range of dog walking accessories for humans including Carhartt, Pendleton, Love from Australia, LAARK Luxury Knitwear, Evercreatures and Le Chameau walking boots. The Groomers A state of the art environment, using the highest quality spa pet products, our advanced professional senior groomers are dedicated to making your pet's groom a gentle, relaxed and happy experience. Fees are charged dependent upon pet size and coat condition. We also offer a hand stripping service. At the time we schedule your first appointment you will be provided with an estimated spa groom service fee. For your convenience, as well as a full groom, we will also provide a wash and dry only service. Our groomers are happy to take bookings from 9am. Bookings taken on 020 8340 4030. Address 24 Highgate High Street, N6 5JG London, United Kingdom · Get directions Phone 0208 340 4030 Website http://www.hairofthedoglondon.com

Brigitte

For immediate release: On the 3rd of December Artway Gallery in Highgate hosts a special event for the art installation Svet Luni Serafin is loosely translated as 'Moon Lit Angel'. ( Free entry, voluntary contribution) Russian sculptor and doll maker Olga Lunina has the pleasure to announce her collaboration with up-cycled designers Brigitte Antal and Piotr Searfin under the name VICTORIA ROAD. The amazing hand sculpted dolls displayed with quirky up-cycled carpentry pieces and lighting create a combination of the worlds of Tim Burton and Jean Pierre Jeunet. VICTORIA ROAD relies on skilled handcraft to create pieces that have a sense of history but also meaning and purpose- a true testament to their craftsmanship and vision. The fascination with things that have soul is intrinsic to Olga Lunina's work. Her clay dolls are pure magic yet shockingly human. The exhibition is currently on at Artway Gallery (Free entry) and runs until the 9th of December, with a special open event on the 3rd of December, 11am - 5pm. For more information please contact info@victoriard.co.uk Artway Gallery www.artwaygallery.co.uk 273 Archway Road, N6 5AA VICTORIA ROAD www.victoriard.co.uk Olga Lunina www.olluna.ru