Secret London: Highgate
Little Known Facts about Highgate
Highgate is the highest point in London. The Kinks' Ray Davies summed it up in London Song: “If you're ever up on Highgate Hill on a clear day, you can see right down to Leicester Square."
The steep street linking Archway and Highgate village is called Highgate Hill and was the route of the first ever cable car to be built in Europe. It operated between 1884 and 1909.
In recent years famous inhabitants of Highgate have included J. B. Priestley, Yehudi Menuhin (and later Sting who bought Menuhin's old house), Clive Owen, Geri Halliwell, Bob Hoskins, Ulrika Johnson and George Michael.
Highgate Cemetery is a fascinating area and the burial place of many influential people, including Karl Marx, Michael Faraday, Douglas Adams and George Eliot.
In 1817 the poet, aesthetic philosopher and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge came to live in the Highgate home of Dr Gillman in order to recover from his Opium addiction. Coleridge lived here for the rest of his life, becoming known as the ‘sage of Highgate’.