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Highgate and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Highgate and surrounding areas

"Peeking out from behind the trees in Waterlow Park is an impressive view of London."

Mike Tracy

"From the ponds to the beautiful views, there is no better place to spend a sunny day than on Hampstead Heath."

Mike Tracy

"I love everything that Crouch End has to offer, from shops, to cafés, to cosy pubs..."

Vikki Broad

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Where do Highgate and surrounding areas locals go?

Kenwood House Park

Amazing views and scenery and home to a Henry Moore sculpture. It's the perfect place for a summer picnic.

W. Martyn

A real Muswell Hill institution, this tea and coffee retailer has been in business since 1897 selling their own brand products!


Not your typical O'Neill's with its setting in a converted church. It still has its original features and a lively atmosphere at the weekend.


I often visit this butchers if I'm having guests over for dinner. The quality of their meat is excellent and they're clearly very knowledgeable about what they do.


A very cosy and cute little café in Muswell Hill. They make very tasty salads and freshly baked homemade cakes that everyone will fall in love with. It's definitely a great place to go for brunch or just a nice cup of tea!

Planet Organic

The most amazing shop that stocks literally every organic food you can imagine, as well as a huge range of beauty, health and baby products. The store is always immaculate, there are loads of helpful staff around and best of all, there is a juice bar and coffee shop too.

Hot Pepper Jelly

This delightful café is great for coffee or lunch in the afternoon. It caters for vegetarians and vegans and serves gluten-free options too.

Bistro Laz

A rustic Mediterranean restaurant open from 7am! Grab breakfast in the morning and more traditional Middle-Eastern fare in the evening.


Quality Russian shop selling a wide array of products from authentic Russian meats, fish and cheese, to homemade cakes and pastries, which you can sit in and eat in their café. The ice-cream comes highly recommended.

Lyttelton Playing Fields

As well as plenty of space to walk the dog, there are six tennis courts that are all free to use on a turn up and play basis. In the summer, there is also a cricket pitch with a pavilion available for hire.


From firm favourites to more unusual tastes, this cheese shop is a foodies dream!

Feast on the Hill

From a full English breakfast to a ribeye steak in the evening, this restaurant keeps us locals smiling all through the day.

Highgate Bathing Ponds

Tucked away just off Millfield Lane, it is a lovely quiet place to go and relax and walk - and even better when it is sunny!


Amazing quality and cheap Mediterranean/Cypriot food. The lamb parcels and breakfasts are yummy!

Crouch End Broadway

With so much to do and see in Crouch End, there's no wonder why it's such a popular place to live....

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"The tradition of "Swearing on the Horns" originated in the pubs around Highgate and involved swearing under 'oath' the commitment to the merriment and debauchery that would ensue, followed by the kissing of a pair of animal horns or a pretty woman."

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Tots and Toddlers Group

Cholmeley Evangelical Church
Aimed at those aged 0-4 years, join us for free play, craft, singing and refreshments on a Wednesday and Thursday in term time between 9.30am and 11.30am. Parents, grandparents, au pairs, nannies, child minders... all are welcome. Website

Mallinson Sports Centre Holiday Courses

Highgate School
Private school facilities available to the public. School holiday courses include multi-activity, football, cricket, tennis and dance. The scheme will be closed on Good Friday and on the Bank Holiday. Website

Music-Rucksack Music Inc

Jackson's Lane
Come and enjoy a relaxed, guided musical session For children (0 - 4 years old), and their parents/carers; With small percussion instruments to experience and enjoy. Lots of singing, stomping, clapping, wriggling and just having a good time. Website

Movers, Shakers and Storymakers!

Lauderdale House
Drama for 5 to 8's. Bring your favourite stories to life and make up new ones through music, movement and drama. Website

Baby & Me Yoga with Lynn Murphy

Active Birth Centre
You will be amazed by the magic that takes place during these baby massage classes and how much babies love it. The art of baby massage will help you communicate with your baby through loving touch, and your touch will enhance your baby's health and well being, help to relieve issues such as colic, and encourage deeper sleep. £15 per class, £65 for a 5 week block Website

Pregnancy Yoga

Active Birth Centre
Classes are booked separately for Janet Balaskas or Lynn Murphy; Janet Balaskas: Tuesday 7:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday 12:30-14.30, book at 0208 3610124 or jb@activebirthcentre.com Lynn Murphy: Monday 10:00am - 12:00am, Wednesday 7:00pm - 9:00, book at 0207 2817059 or lm@activebirthcentre.com We recommend regular attendance throughout your pregnancy starting at any time after 13 weeks up until your estimated due date. Website

REO School of Dance

All Saints Church Hall
Ballet modern and jazz dance classes. Website
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