Below is a little map we’ve put together of what we think are the best cemeteries in London! We’ve picked the cemeteries based on a few criteria, such as historical importance; famous names buried there; and beauty. The cemeteries are also located all around London, so if visiting London, or just want to spend a couple of days visiting them, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
1. Brompton Cemetery
Originally The West London and Westminster Cemetery, this first opened in 1836. It is one of the finest cemeteries in the country, not just London, and has over 35,000 monuments. It is a very peaceful haven and well worth a visit!
2. Abney Park Trust Cemetery
Another of the ‘magnificent seven’ garden cemeteries in London with free access for the public. You can go on guided walks or get involved in a variety of events throughout the year at the cemetery.
3. Golders Green Crematorium
One of the oldest in Britain and has association with funerals of many prominent figures over the years. With over 12 acres of grounds, two ponds, two cremation chapels, a chapel of remembrance and three columbariums, there is plenty to see here.
4. Highgate cemetery
Opened in 1839, it is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in London. Again, there is so much to see here, so take your time and plan it carefully. Highlights include the ‘Egyptian Avenue’, two chapels, a central bell tower and a Tudor Gothic building and the ‘Circle of Lebanon’.
5. Kensal Green Cemetery
This is “located in the heart of London”. Founded in 1833, this has 72 acres of grounds. Three chapels cater to all faiths and is inspired by another cemetery, Pere-Lachaises, which is in Paris. If you have the time to pop over to Paris, this is well worth a trip too.
6. Nunhead Cemetery
Located in Southwark, the cemetery is a wonderful and mysterious place. Under restoration at the moment, much of the cemetery remains largely overgrown. On the website, Nunhead Cemetery is described as a “nature reserve supporting a diverse range of both native and exotic plants…16 species of butterfly have been found within the cemetery”.
7. West Norwood Cemetery & Crematorium
With a focus on Gothic Style and culture, a Greek cemetery and a sustainable burial ethic, this cemetery and crematorium really stands out from others on this list! Individuals such as Mrs Beeton, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim and Otto Berens are buried here.
8. Putney Vale Cemetery
Next to Wimbledon Common and covering a vast 47 acres there is an awful lot to see here again. Two chapels and an extensive garden of remembrance are amongst the highlights.
9. Gunnersbury Cemetery
One of the smaller cemeteries on the list, but still packs a lot in. There are beautiful floral displays in the spring and summer, with lots of shrubberies. The most notable structure to see there is the black obelisk dedicated to the Polish victims of the Katyn massacre.
10. Tower Hamlets Cemetery
Another one of the magnificent seven cemeteries in London. It remains an historical park, but closed to new burials in 1966. Like Nunhead Cemetery, there is a thriving population of animal and plant species in the woodland.
If you think there are any others we have missed off that should be there, let us know below!
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Google Map: created by Dominic Chase