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London:Midweek Explorers visit Highgate

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Overview.  Highgate is one of London’s most affluent suburbs. It was once owned by the bishops of London, and in medieval times a road running north out of the city was built through the bishops’ hunting grounds. It was the toll gate in this high part of London that gave what was once an isolated village its name.

We will meet at The Woodman on 414 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5UA. Take the Northern Line tube (High Barnet branch) to Highgate and leave via the escalator at Exit 3. When you reach the street (Archway Road), turn right and walk a few metres, until you reach Muswell Hill Road where the Woodman is on the corner with Archway Road. As well as teas, coffees, etc. the Woodman has an extensive breakfast menu which some may enjoy, but please be ready for an 11:00am start!

Our Walk will take us along Southwood Lane, through Park Walk to North Hill, where we can admire Highpoint apartments, a well-known example of Modernist architecture. We will then step back into the past, admiring, as we pass, the main entrance of Highgate School where the Chapel served as the main place of workshop in the village until the 1820s. On our way, we will see many Blue Plaques to famous writers and poets - some examples, Charles Dickens, AE Housman, Samuel Coleridge - there are many more. Before enjoying the shops and exteriors in the High Street (including a wonderful book shop and flower shop/stall), we will visit Pond Square, the location of the original village green although the pond was drained as recently as 1844!

RPS 2019-2020 London Region Members’ Exhibition. We will finish at Lauderdale House, where the RPS London Members’ Exhibition will be on display. One picture each from 59 London Region Members demonstrating many styles and ideas will be on display for you to enjoy. This will be the end of our formal walk.

Lunch. The cafe at Lauderdale House serves very good food but it is quite small and you may decide that there is not room for us all, in which case will will take the short walk back to the Village where there are several restaurants and pubs for us to choose from such as ‘Cote’ or The Angel. To be decided on the day.

Optional Add On. After lunch, time-permitting, some may wish to continue with us through Waterlow Park to the nearby Highgate East Cemetery, where Karl Marx is famously buried, together with other names you will know such as Douglas Adams, George Eliot, Christina Rossetti. There is a £4 per person admission fee.

Getting Home. Lauderdale House is a short walk to Archway Station (or buses are available). Alternatively, you may wish to walk back via Highgate Village to Highgate station. As always buses are available at all good bus stops ….

Image (c) Roger Towell


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Roger Towell


Cancellation policy

This event is free but numbers are limited.  If you should book and place and then find that you can't come, please let us know so that someone else can have your place.


The Woodman, Highgate

414 Archway Road


N6 5UA