Pay your respects to famous names throughout history and contemplate in the quiet at London's park-like cemeteries, complete with grand tombs and striking sculptures.
1. Highgate Cemetery
Walk among ivy-covered Victorian-era tombstones at Highgate Cemetery in north London. One of the city’s "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries, Highgate houses ornate tombs and mausoleums, especially along its grand Egyptian Avenue in the West Cemetery. A huge bronze bust marks the burial place of Karl Marx in the East Cemetery.
2. Brompton Cemetery
3. Kensal Green Cemetery
The first of London’s "Magnificent Seven" cemeteries, Kensal Green opened in 1833 and is based on Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. More than 250,000 people, including nobility and members of the Royal Family, have been laid to rest in Kensal Green. It’s also a nature conservation area with abundant birdlife and several regionally rare plants.
4. Abney Park Cemetery
5. West Norwood Cemetery
6. Nunhead Cemetery
Spot chirping birds and other wildlife around the graves at Nunhead Cemetery, a local nature reserve. Decorated mausoleums and headstones indicate the burial spots of Victorian-era inventors, engineers, actors, singers and musicians. Head to the viewpoint on the cemetery’s western side for a look at St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.
7. Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
8. Golders Green Crematorium
9. Willesden Jewish Cemetery
Take a tour of Willesden Jewish Cemetery, a historic 1873 burial ground with almost 30,000 graves in north-west London. Enjoy a guided walk of the grounds and learn about the cemetery's history in the interactive exhibit in its former administration building.
10. Islington and St Pancras Cemetery
Visit the plant-filled grounds of Islington and St Pancras Cemetery in north London, which contains more than 1,000 graves of those who died in World War I and World War II. The cemetery offers self-guided maps to learn about the Commonwealth servicemen and servicewomen buried here.
11. St Pancras Old Churchyard
Keep an eye out for well-known names in the burial ground of St Pancras Old Churchyard, one of the oldest cemeteries in central London. Famous people buried here include architect Sir John Soane and writer Mary Wollstonecraft. Rows of thin gravestones tightly encircle the Hardy Tree, one of the cemetery’s most famous landmarks.
12. Bunhill Fields
13. Crossbones Graveyard
Holding the remains of some 15,000 poor and working-class Londoners, Crossbones Graveyard remembers the "outcast dead" and the medieval sex workers who were not permitted a Christian burial. A monthly evening vigil pays tribute to those buried here, and visitors add messages, flowers and colourful ribbons to the cemetery’s gates.