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
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Beit el Zaytoun
A vibrant Mediterranean restaurant in Harlesden that serves up Lebanese food and has a really cosy-looking snug at the back, en route to the riverside garden. If you go in the morning you can enjoy breakfast items like labneh, eggs and balilah (lemon and chickpeas), while later in the day you can get your hands on hot and cold mezze, salads, kebab platters, burgers and wraps. Cakes, crepes and ice cream is on offer for those with a sweet tooth.
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