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Highgate Cemetery (West)

Highgate Cemetery’s western burial ground opened in 1839 as the third of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries.

Set on the upper slopes of Highgate Hill, with views down to the city, the garden cemetery became a fashionable burial place for the wealthy. At its focus is the gothic Circle of Lebanon, a ring of twenty sunken vaults, leading off to the once roofed Egyptian Avenue and its grand entrance gateway.

The cemetery contains a long list of notable occupants including singer George Michael, writer Beryl Bainbridge, historian Peter Jackson, actress Jean Simmons and Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.

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