This final resting place of many celebrated Londoners is a beautiful spot. Divided into the East and West cemeteries, separated by Swains Lane, in leafy north London, Highgate Cemetery is an overgrown maze of ivy-cloaked Victorian tombs and time-shattered ruins. The East Cemetery is open daily 10am till 4pm, and from 11am on weekends, during the winter. It remains open until 5pm in the summer, and admission is just £4 for adults with kids going free. The West Cemetery, however, is only accessible via guided tour, which need to be booked in advance via the website or by phone. Come here if you're a movie buff – it's appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, and more recently the Diane Keaton vehicle Hampstead. Dead residents include writers George Eliot and Douglas Adams, '60s and '70s punk icon Malcolm McLaren, painter Patrick Caulfield and most famously Karl Marx – 2018 being the 200th anniversary of his death. Laid out in 1839, the foliage-shrouded West Cemetery, which is without question the most atmospheric part and well worth the tour, is filled with shady paths snaking past gloomy catacombs, grand pharaonic tombs and the graves of notables like poet Christina Rossetti, scientist Michael Faraday and poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. Last year saw writer Nicholas Mosley, actor Tim Piggott-Smith and perhaps most famously, pop legend George Michael also laid to rest here (the latter's grave is not accessible to the public).
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Highgate CemeteryA must-visit, historic and incredibly moving London landmark
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