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.
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The Library Bar
The luxury Lanesborough hotel is as full of gems as it is history. It's flagship restaurant Celeste, for instance, is a stunning Michelin-starred joint with glittering chandeliers and gold French regency styled decor. The Library Bar doesn't skimp on glamour either. The dark wood, deep shades and leather wing-back armchairs ooze grandeur. Fans of Cognac will feel particularly at home here, as The Library Bar won an award for its selection of the brandy and has bottles dating back to 1770. Elsewhere cocktails abound and if you can't decide which one to choose they helpfully offer three miniatures for £25. Plus, no matter what night you're visiting, you're sure to find live music here. There's a resident pianist, who plays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm daily, followed by jazz, and at the weekend a DJ plays chill-out.
Venue says: “Join us as we celebrate 'The Year of the Single Malt' throughout 2018.”