This wonderfully atmospheric maze of ivy-clad tombs and age-old urns is the final resting place of some of London’s most famous residents. The most popular is undoubtedly Karl Marx, who died in 1883, and now resides in the East Cemetery. Visitors to this part of the grounds are free to wander at their will, passing memorials to George Eliot and Douglas Adams among others. But for proper Victorian gloom, arrange a tour of the West Cemetery, which was erected in 1839 (remember to dress appropriately and arrive in good time). Wending past catacombs and pharaonic tombs, the trip takes in the stones of Christina Rossetti, and new incumbent Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian dissident who was poisoned at sushi chain Itsu.
Tel: 0208 340 1834
Entry Charges: Admission: East Cemetery, £3. Tours of West Cemetery, £7