The Brit List: Summer of London – Places and Sights

Highgate Cemetery

Neighborhood of the dead. (Rune Hellestad, Corbis/APImages)

As they say, people are just dying to get in to Highgate Cemetery, which is an appropriate place to end our look at the places of London. At 37 acres, this final resting place/public park was opened in 1839 because small, inner-city graveyards attached to churches had become filled to capacity and many thought they were public health problems and disrespectful to the dead.

The end of Marxism? (Rune Hellestad/Corbis/APImages)

Karl Marx (above) is perhaps Highgate’s most notable resident, and perhaps its most controversial: his tomb has been the target of two bombings. Other notables in the neighborhood include: novelist George Eliot, actor Ralph Richardson, music producer Malcolm McLaren, actress Jean Simmons, author Douglas Adams and painter Lucian Freud.

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