Truly Gothic

· A taste of one of London’s “Magnificent Seven” cemeteries ·

Cemeteries are kind of enchanting, aren’t they? Call me morbid, but I love a good stroll through an old cemetery. Reading names and dates, seeing the different ways families immortalized their kin; there’s something deeply fascinating about a wander around a graveyard, many of which are actually beautiful.

London has some beautiful cemeteries, and the top of the list is full of the “Magnificent Seven.” In the mid-1800s, London’s graveyards were becoming dangerously overcrowded, so an act of Parliament allowed private cemeteries to be established. From 1832 to 1841, the “Magnificent Seven” were established in all their Victorian Gothic glory.

Today, these working cemeteries are full of inspiration. Overrun with trees and other plants, headstones tilt and names have faded. At Highgate Cemetery, many are attracted by the grave of Karl Marx and other notable residents, but it’s also famed for its Insta-worthy aesthetic. Take a quick tour of the East Cemetery below.

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