At one of London’s loftiest elevations, Highgate’s leafy streets and village vibe are a breath of fresh air. But for a village, it’s well connected: it’s next to Hampstead Heath, but also just 20 minutes from Leicester Square by tube. Elegant Georgian homes are plentiful, and sit side-by-side with Victorian, Edwardian and newer places — including Highpoint, a 1930s Modernist development.
Insider tip: If you like your pubs historic and picturesque, The Flask is the place. The former haunt of Dick Turpin and popular with famous faces today, it has a beer garden for the summer and roaring fires in the winter.