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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Jacksons Lane
Theatre

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. 

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
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4 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
Bars and pubs

Bull

Another Highgate boozer that will transport you to the countryside. 

Time Out says
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. 

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
3 out of 5 stars
High Tea of Highgate
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High Tea of Highgate

A local tearoom with London-wide appeal.

Time Out says
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
Things to do

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

Independent florist and greengrocer run by Mr and Mrs Green. 

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5 out of 5 stars
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Love London Awards: this year’s winners

Pavilion Café
Restaurants

Pavilion Café

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
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
Attractions

Waterlow Park

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
The Duke’s Head
Bars and pubs

The Duke’s Head

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