The lowdown: Highgate
With its elegant Georgian buildings, its pretty high street, its village green and views across London, Highgate still has the feel of an 18th century village. It even holds a village fair every year in June. Close to central London and on the Northern Line, Highgate is an area that inspires loyalty.
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Average property prices in Highgate
One-bedroom flat: £442,000
Two-bedroom flat: £624,000
Two-bedroom house: £729,000
Three-bedroom house: £1.2 million
Four-bedroom house: £1.68 million
Average rental prices in Highgate
One-bedroom flat: £1,379 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £1,809 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,058 a month
Three-bedroom house: £3,170 a month
Four-bedroom house: £4,387 a month
Highgate (co-ed, ages three to 18) and Channing (girls, ages four to 18) are the top two private schools. St Joseph’s RC primary school and and St Aloysius RC (boys, ages 11 to 18) are state catholic schools that are judged to be “outstanding” by Ofsted. There is a cluster of comprehensive schools on Highgate Road: see a full list of schools here.
Highgate has a pretty village centre with independent delicatessens, a butcher, a bookshop and a lovely tea shop, High Tea. WCD Furniture
sells designer furniture and home accessories. There are further independent shops on Archway Road. See our full list here
Highgate tube station is the Northern Line; although residents of the village often prefer to catch one of the numerous buses – 143,210 and 271, down Highgate Hill to Archway, also on the Northern Line.
Highgate Village is dominated by chain restaurants: Cote, Pizza Express, Café Rouge, Strada, Le Pain Quotidien and Zizzi. On Archway Road, Zelas is an organic and natural wine specialist. Cocoro is a branch of a small chain of Japanese restaurants and the Boogaloo is a music pub with a famous juke box. See our full list here.
Leisure and the arts
The Highgate Society runs a French Circle, life drawing and watercolour classes. The Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution puts on talks and lectures, has an art gallery and hosts the Highgate Film Society. Jacksons Lane is a leading multi-arts centre on Archway Road.
Highgate is surrounded by green open space and dog-walking is a favourite pastime. The 790 acres of Hampstead Heath are nearby with the Kenwood Ladies’ Bathing Pond and the Highgate Men’s Bathing Pond. Highgate Cemetery has some of the country’s best funerary architecture.