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Date Published 01 March 2016

Walking around Highgate, the notable age of the area becomes quickly apparent. Even by London standards, Highgate is particularly long established and untouched, sitting atop a hill that still today enjoys a commanding view over the city. Some of the earliest mentions of Highgate relate to its Public houses. The Flask & The Spaniards Inn are well known pubs with provenance, however others that have been lost or rebuilt over time also have ancient roots. A brewery is known to have stood on the site of The Angel Inn, Highgate High Street, by the end of the 15th century and the first pub in the village is thought to have been The Swan, as recorded in 1480. Just up the road, The Wrestlers, in North Road, was established in 1547, which suggests that it is Highgate's oldest pub still in business. Highgate's great number of watering holes could be down to its location, as it was the stopping point for sheep and cattle drovers bringing their stock from the north London meat markets. Although it is unlikely you will find a farmer stopping for a drink today, nevertheless Highgate's pubs still seem to be going strong.