5.1.15

A place to die for...literally

Imagine yourself laying down in a beautiful garden, with all the time in the world, where some of your neighbours are famous artists, philosophers, writes and poets. Does such a place exist, you ask? It does, but alas, to live there you have to, well, stop living.
I am referring to Highgate Cemetery in North London. Established in 1839, it is the final resting place of, amongst others, Karl Marx, the historian Eric Hobsbawm, actor Corin Redgrave, philosopher Herbert Spencer, and writer Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. All these are buried in the East Cemetery, where visitors can wander around freely, whereas the West Cemetery may only be visited with a guided tour. The East Cemetary used to be free to visit a few years ago but they now charge an entrance fee of £4 which goes towards it´s maintenance. If you decide to travel by tube, I would recommend taking the Northern Line (otherwise known to locals as the misery line) to Highgate. Archway station is closer but I think the walk from Highgate tube, through Highgate Village and Waterlow Park is nicer.

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