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A day Nature trail Press paws Village green IN HIGHGATE History remembered Creative hub
Known for its abundance of green space, Highgate is a place to don your walking shoes. Explore Highgate Woods (cityoflondon.gov.uk), Waterlow Park and the edge of Hampstead Heath on Millfield Lane, accessible via Highgate West Hill. A sanctuary for various species of animals and plants, there will be plenty of flora and fauna to spot if you take any of these paths.
As an area of dog lovers, why not get your four-legged friend snapped by the awardwinning Suzi Darsa, The Highgate Dog Photographer (thehighgatedogphotographer. com)? Creating a selection of portrait styles and action shots, Suzi can capture what makes your pup uniquely wonderful.
A quintessentially London village, Highgate is home to a high street that is full of charming independent eateries and shops. A cornerstone in the area, Highgate Bookshop is filled with broad-ranging fiction and nonfiction titles. If feeling peckish at lunch, try
Chango Empanadas (chango.co.uk), or if after a heartier meal and a pint choose from the neighbourhood’s many historic pubs, such as The Gatehouse, The Angel, The Flask or The Red Lion & Sun.
A unique tourist attraction, Highgate Cemetery (highgatecemetery.org) on Swain’s Lane, is undoubtedly London’s most famous burial site. Drawing visitors from near and far, it is one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries. It’s the resting place of many notable writers, musicians and philosophers including Karl Marx, poet Christina Rossetti, and novelist George Eliot.
On South Grove, the Highgate Literary and Science Institution (hlsi. net) provides a space for exhibitions. From 29 September the Handmade in Highgate Designer Maker Fair will feature some of the best creators.