Highgate

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Coordinates: 51°34′18″N 0°08′41″W / 51.5716°N 0.1448°W / 51.5716; -0.1448

Highgate is an area of North London on the north-eastern corner of Hampstead Heath. Until late Victorian times it was a distinct village outside London, sitting astride the main road to the north.

It retains many green expanses including the eastern part of Hampstead Heath, three ancient woods,[1] Waterlow Park and the eastern-facing slopes known as Highgate bowl. At its centre is Highgate village, a collection of largely Georgian shops, pubs, restaurants and residential streets,[2] interspersed with diverse landmarks such as St Michael's Church and steeple, Highgate School (1565), the Gatehouse inn dating from 1670[3] and Berthold Lubetkin's 1930s Highpoint buildings. Highgate is also famous for its atmospheric Victorian cemetery in which is buried the communist philosopher Karl Marx.

The village sits atop a hill which provides views across London, climbing 375 feet (114 m) above sea level at its highest point.[4]

Highgate is one of the most expensive London suburbs in which to live.[5] It has an active conservation body, the Highgate Society, to protect its character.

The area is divided between three London boroughs: Haringey in the north, Camden in the south and west, and Islington in the south and east. The postal district is N6.


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