is divided between three London boroughs: Haringey in the north, Camden in the south and west, and Islington in the south and east.
The postal district for Highgate is N6.
It is one of the more expensive suburbs to live in and has an active conservation society, The Highgate Society, to protect its character.
Hampstead Lane and Highgate Hill contain the red brick Victorian buildings of Highgate School and its adjacent Chapel of St Michael.
The school has played a paramount role in the life of the village and has existed on its site since its founding was permitted by letters from Queen Elizabeth I in 1565.
Highgate is noteworthy for its Cemetery and Georgian architecture.
It is also the location of Berthold Lubetkin's two Highpoint apartment buildings.
Historically it adjoined the Bishop of London's hunting estate.
The Bishop kept a toll-house where one of the main northward roads out of London entered his land.
A number of pubs sprang up along the route, one of which, the Gatehouse, commemorates the toll-house.
In later centuries Highgate was associated with the highwayman Dick Turpin.
Subsequently, Highgate was part of the Municipal Borough of Hornsey and the seat of that borough's governing body for many years.
Highgate Hill, the steep street linking Archway and Highgate village, was the route of the first cable car to be built in Europe. It operated between 1884 and 1909.