Culture vultures staying in luxury London hotels have been urged to explore the capital’s unique history by taking in the sights, events and tours of Highgate Cemetery by city expert Pete Stean.
The blogger behind famed The Londoner website, highlighted the cemetery as a must-see destination, easily accessible for those in central London hotels.
“The resting place of both Victorian grandees and pop impresarios, I love Highgate Cemetery because of its peaceful setting and gently decaying monuments – the Circle of Lebanon and the Egyptian Avenue are particularly beautiful,” the writer told Time Out magazine.
Tourists taking in the impressive sights can attend a variety of talks and lectures by author and historian Lucinda Hawksley.
An expert in art and culture from the 19th and early 20th centuries, her books include Lizzie Siddal, 50 British Artists You Should Know and Katey The Life & Loves of Dickens’ Artist Daughter.
“She is also a delightful and engaging speaker whose wit and vivacity have attracted packed audiences around the world,” explained the site’s caretakers.
“Lucinda is the great, great, great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens and has grown up immersed in her family history. She is a Patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London and the Norwegian Pickwick Club!”
The author will deliver two special Dickens anniversary talks, taking place on February 11th and 13th respectively.
Tickets cost £10 each and include refreshments as well as food, with booking advised through the group’s website.
The venue is in a Grade-I listed chapel that was recently “beautifully refurbished”.
A popular destination, the caretakers offer guided tours of different sections of the cemetery passing many famous plots, such as Douglas Adams, George Elliot, Karl Marx and many more.
Literature lovers will have much to explore, from famed writers including Charles Dickens through to real-life people that inspired fictional characters, such as Adam Worth, a criminal and philanthropist thought to be the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes nemesis Moriarty.