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The only other district that can lay claim to a share of the famous north London heath with Hampstead is Highgate. The two areas also share a local newspaper, exquisite architecture and a selection of celebrity residents. Like its neighbour Highgate as the name suggests sits aloof from the rest of London on the crest a hill that bears its name.

A distinguished neighbourhood, it has been home to artists and intellectuals ever since the seventeenth century. Dickens set his famous novel David Copperfield in Highgate and the eponymous cemetery is where you will find the graves of people like political philosopher Karl Marx and novelist Douglas Adams in all their eerie beauty. Such is the attractiveness of this spot that it is regularly used for film shoots as is the neighbouring Highgate Wood.

Highgate Village constitutes the inner historic core of the area and is an immensely desirable location when it comes to rental accommodation. Georgian townhouses, Victorian terraces and Art-Deco apartment blocks are all in immaculate condition and the village feel extends to the string of ancient yet well preserved pubs that are dotted along the top edge of the heath, each telling tales of stag hunts, highwaymen and wild poets.

Highgate is well served by bus routes and there is a Northern line tube station that bears its name a little way down the hill from the village. Trains from here can reach the City or the West End in fewer than 20 minutes.


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