A centre for social interaction and life-long learning in the heart of Highgate

For the latest at HLSI click on our February 24 Update

I hadn’t expected to enjoy my HLSI membership even more during lockdown.

Since its foundation in 1839, the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution has offered lectures, a lending library and archive. Today’s members also enjoy debates, a science group, opera circle, the Highgate Gallery, a film society, several reading groups and occasional concerts. We also offer a wide range of popular courses. Many HLSI activities are open to non-members, however members benefit from reduced rates for classes and activities.

At HLSI we believe that discussion, debate and life-long learning enrich lives, connect people and support community. Together, our staff and a large body of volunteers develop and support activities for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of Highgate and beyond.

How to find us
Highgate Village is well served with buses (nos 143, 210 and 263) which stop very near HLSI. Buses travel up Highgate Hill from Archway underground station, on the High Barnet branch of the Northern Line. To walk from Archway or Highgate underground stations, allow 12-15 minutes. Car parking is available in nearby streets and is free except for 10am-12 noon.
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The HLSI is registered under the Friendly Societies Act Registration No 51SA giving full charitable status.

Read about the serving officers of the HLSI here