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.
Pubs in Highgate
Restaurants and cafés near Highgate
Perfect weekend in Highgate
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This Pop Brixton fixture deals in Sicilian schiticchio (small plates) and pitittu (sharing platters), with the option to wash them all down with something from their all-Italian wine list. The schiticchio include home-made Sicilian focaccia with caciocavallo cheese and an onion and tomato sauce, bruschetta marmalate (with anchovies, ricotta and marmalade), arancina with Sicilian beef ragu and char-grilled octopus with lemon, olive oil and sea salt. Larger plates to share include caponata Siciliana and sarde a beccafico con profume di Sicilia – sardines with pine nuts, raisins, mint and blood orange. Desserts include a dark chocolate soufflé, tiramisu and sfingette - small Sicilian doughnuts with sugar and cinnamon, or ricotta and chocolate.