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heritage talk 2

Highgate has more than its fair share of locations if you're looking for a pint, a bite to eat...or a historic ceremony involving antlers!

Originally a village outside of London, Highgate has long been a welcoming spot for travellers and visitors alike. Join us for this fascinating talk as we discover the history of some of its more interesting watering holes! 

Hear from Marc Haynes, author, on the history of the local pubs and hostelries and some of the more bizarre rituals such as the 'Swearing of the Horns', followed by Peter Barber explaining how a 1660s a shortage of small change forced the pubs to issue their own coins so people could buy a pint! Pamela Nolan and Cheryl Juckes from Friends of St Joseph's Parish Centre - which is tucked away behind the church - will tell us about club nights, beauty pageants and fashion designer launches...and how it lays claim to the ‘warmest welcome and cheapest pint in Highgate’. And we chat to Kate Fugallo, who ran the Lauderdale café with her husband Salvatore from 1985 to 2014, helping take the organisation from one century into another! As she says, ‘we didn’t realise when we pitched up in 1985 it would turn out to be a major part of our lives and that of our children'.