Back to Top

Leverton & Sons Ltd

Leverton & Sons.jpg
212 Eversholt Street, London, London Borough of Camden NW1 1BD, United Kingdom
Golders Green - 624, Finchley Road NW11 7RR
Finchley Road NW11 7RR
Gospel Oak - 164, Malden Road NW5 4BS
Hampstead 181 Haverstock Hill NW3 4QS
149 Kentish Town Road NW1 8PD
1 Denmark Terrace, Fortis Green N2 9HG
210-214 Eversholt Street London England NW1 GB

The Leverton family has been arranging funerals for people in this part of London since 1789. Yes, they’re now into their eighth generation; they’re steeped in heritage, drenched in history. This makes them an attractive-seeming proposition. After all, a good old family business is exactly what most of us hope to find when we’re looking for a proper funeral director.

What you don’t want, though, is a barnacled, backwards-looking business existing in a dusty Dickensian time warp, the sort of place where everything is done as it always was. Heritage is good, obsolescence is bad.

Leverton’s, we are delighted to tell you, is not a firm that sits complacently on its laurels. It is not only progressive and dynamic, it is also, as you will see, excitingly innovative. Leverton’s may look back with satisfaction and pride on a distinguished past, but it looks to the future with purpose and energy. This is an intelligent, modern business. It needs to be. Demographics in London alter very quickly and an undertaker needs to be able to respond to and meet the diverse, ever-changing needs of all the different communities in their area.

Just in case you’ve picked up on the fact that Leverton’s has been chosen to do some extremely prestigious funerals (it has), do not, please, suppose that it is extremely expensive, that it’s the undertaker of choice for ‘them’ not ‘us’. Nothing could be further from the truth. Leverton’s looks after all the people in this part of London, whoever they are, whatever their needs. What’s more, they treat everyone exactly the same.

So if you’re on a budget, you won’t find them expensive. If you want to arrange a very simple funeral, or a direct cremation, they’re there for you. They are very open. They are one of far too few undertakers who post their prices on their website.

There are six branches. Headquarters is at Camden Town in a fine building in Eversholt Street. It’s a homely, friendly old place where you feel agreeably removed from the bustle of everyday life. You will meet your funeral director and make your arrangements in one of the rooms downstairs. You won’t go upstairs — but we did, because we insist on going everywhere and seeing everything. This is where all the funeral directors work amid historic portraits of Levertons. And it’s where Allan, the logistics maestro, organises the people and the cars, etc, for upcoming funerals.

The branches — at Muswell Hill, Gospel OakHampsteadGolders Green and Kentish Town — are smaller and looked after by just one person with whom you’ll arrange the funeral, and who will most probably conduct it on the day. Levertons do everything they can to ensure that one funeral director looks after you all the way from making the arrangement to being there on the day of the funeral — a big, big plus point.

Someone who has died is driven to the mortuary at Chalk Farm. There, they are looked after by Peter, Tony and their team, and made ready for their funeral. If you want to visit the person who has died, they will be driven from there to your branch. If you want to play your part in washing and dressing them, you can, by arrangement, go down to Chalk Farm and they will either help you or leave you to it — whatever you want. They’ll be delighted to see you and support in you in any way they can. And they make an excellent cup of tea.

The mortuary, for us, is the most important part of any funeral firm. It is the heart of the business, the place which embodies its values and ethos. We were very impressed by what we saw. It is bright, spotless, professionally equipped and staffed by the right sort of people. The only thing we didn’t much like was the rather old floor. They don’t, either, and they’re about to replace it.

We spent time talking to people who work here, especially Peter and Tony. You’ll probably never meet them, but what they do is incredibly important. And don’t they know it. Both of them are people of great heart who take their work extremely seriously. Standards of care are very high. They live round here, and every once in a while someone they know comes in to be looked after. Everyone is treated with kindness and respect — everybody is ‘one of us’. Peter and Tony are both rounded characters whose strong seriousness is harnessed to an excellent sense of humour. They are precisely the sort of people you would want them to be.

We visited all the branches and met all the managers. We liked them all very much and satisfied ourselves that they will give you all the time you need. Leverton’s is a good firm to work for, so they attract the best people.

Specific Gravity

If it’s a traditional funeral you want, they’ll do it very well and very smartly in the classic Victorian style. Though prestigious, Leverton’s are not as showy and flamboyant as some London funeral directors. If you would like something less formal they will willingly adjust to what you want.

What's Important?

Leverton’s is keen to tread lightly on the earth, and as testament to this commitment it is the owner of the country’s very first electric hearse. Clive Leverton invested a huge amount of time and money to work with Brahms Electric Vehicles designing and developing the Eco-Hearse, and many of Leverton’s families choose to use it and it’s accompanying passenger eco-car rather than have a traditional gas guzzling cortege.

Leverton’s is forward-looking in all sorts of other interesting ways, too. For example, it is the only funeral director’s offering highly specialised makeup for people who have died — only if you want it, of course. A former director of the company, Richard Putt, is a trustee of the Natural Death Centre, which campaigns for greener funerals, and he has left his imprint on Leverton’s approach to funerals in general.

Leverton’s is not innovative for the sake of it. They want to offer the widest range of choice they can allied to the highest-quality personal service. You are in charge: they’ll do what you ask, and they’ll do it to the best of their ability. 

What's Different?

Everyone here is down-to-earth — nice, normal, broadminded. Funeral directors can tend to be somewhat, well, pompous, but not here. There is a very agreeable modesty about all of them — it’s something of a hallmark — and this, of course, makes things so much easier for you.

Services
  • • Your first call will be answered during office hours, by a funeral director or an experienced member of staff – never a call centre.• Home Visits – They will happily come and see you at home to make arrangements if you would like that.

    • Embalming – They will discuss this with you. Embalming can make people who have died look more themselves, but if you don’t want it, just say so. They won’t pressure you.

    • Continuity of Care – It is almost certain that the person with whom you arrange the funeral, bar sickness or holiday, will lead the cortege on the day – there will be no stranger who’s taken over. If it can’t for some reason be that person, the funeral director who will be in charge on the day will introduce him/herself well in advance. If, when you call, the manager of the branch is away (possibly conducting a funeral), the person who is covering will make arrangements with you and either conduct the funeral or introduce you to the funeral director who will. The important point is that someone you know will be there for you on the day.

    • Family Participation – If you want to carry the coffin, they’ll show you how. This is something they encourage. If you’d like to come in and wash and dress the person who has died, they’ll be there for you. If you’d just like to come in do their hair and nails, that’s absolutely no problem. They believe in empowering you to do what you want and they’ll help you in any way they can.

    • Same sex person to wash and dress? – Yes, if you want. No problem. Just ask.

    • Ethnic Specialism – They are highly experienced in all funeral customs.

    • Local Celebrants – Excellent local celebrants to choose from if you do not want a religious minister.

    • Home arranged funerals – Will gladly work with you in any way you want if you wish to care for the person who has died at home: see the Do It All Yourself section of the Good Funeral Guide website.

    • Website – Comprehensive information well set out. All prices shown here. An unusually well-written website which reflects humanity and lack of pretension.

    • Client Support – They have an online book of remembrance which gives you the opportunity of collecting money for a chosen charity. If you want to be put in touch with a bereavement support group they will make that happen for you. After the funeral, call in anytime for a cuppa – they’ll always be pleased to see you.

    • Money matters – Competitively priced. If money is any sort of a problem, be completely upfront about it and they’ll be able to give you all the help they can.

    • Flowers – They can recommend good florists.
    • Masonry – They can recommend stonemasons who will make you a headstone.
    • Getting there – Hampstead: Tube: Belsize Park, premises right opposite. Buses168 46 C11. On-street parkingall round – meters. Muswell Hill: TubeEast Finchley, buses and minicabs outside or 10-min walk. Some free onstreet parking close to premises. Golders Green: TubeGolders Green, premises 150 meters away. Some on-street parking or use Sainsbury’s round the back, free for 1 hour. Lots of buses stop just outside. Kentish Town: TubeKentish Town + 10 mins walk (max). Limited pay-and-display parking. Good buses: C2 214 134.Gospel Oak: Best reached by bus or car. Onstreet parking (meters). Tube: nearest are Kentish Town and Chalk Farm – Belsize Park at a stretch.
Remarks

Down-to-earth, very decent people who will, with kindness, care and invisible expertise, help you create exactly the funeral you want. There aren’t many funeral directors who give their clients as much time as the Leverton’s team. Very nice people.

 

Any decisions you take on engaging the services of a funeral director should be based on your views and research. You should not rely solely upon the views and opinions offered by us.

Leverton & Sons.jpg 3 months ago
Showing 1 result
Poetic Endings.jpg
Louise Winter. Possibly one of the most creative and insightful people involved with funerals anywhere in the world, Louise first attended a funeral just six years ago, when her grandfather died. Since then, she has absorbed herself with the hitherto unknown world of undertaking, and what she has...
Poppy's Funerals.jpg
0.00 (2 reviews)
The Gatehouse, Lambeth Cemetery, Blackshaw Road, London SW17 0BY 12.11 km
Poppy Mardall and her colleagues Isabel, Kate, Rosanna and Philippa. Poppy, a fine-arts graduate, started the company after leaving her previous role as deputy director at Sotheby’s to work out how to do something with her life that was ‘meaningful and frontline’. Personal experience had led her ...
Compassionate Funerals.jpg
0.00 (4 reviews)
89a Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DG, United Kingdom 12.77 km
Hasina Zaman and Allistair Anderson. A former teacher, lecturer and artist, Hasina founded the company back in 2012 when she perceived a need for a completely different type of funeral service for the diverse community of East London where she had lived and worked for over 20 years. “We saw a lac...
O'Dwyer Funeral Directors.png
137, Little Ealing Lane, Ealing W5 4EJ 12.77 km
O’Dwyer Funeral Directors is a first generation business and proud of it. It belongs to Don O’Dwyer, and it is Don who will look after you and your family, and Don who will care for the person who has died. We visited the premises just two weeks after the doors opened for the first time, and a fe...
Rowland Brothers.jpg
297 – 303 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2HR, United Kingdom 15.9 km
44 High Street Purley CR8 2AA 21.74 km
32 Central Parade, New Addington CR0 0JD 25.66 km
9 The Parade, Old Coulsdon CR5 1EH 22.98 km
434 Limpsfield Road, Warlingham CR6 9LG 24.11 km
A selection of quite the nicest, most personable and knowledgeable people make up the staff of this highly respected funeral director company, and you will be looked after throughout your dealings with them by the staff at the branch you make contact with. Independently owned and run, Rowland Bro...
Andrew Johnson.jpg
156 Plumstead Common Road, Plumstead, London. SE18 2UL 16.1 km
Andrew Johnson. Andrew hasn’t always been a funeral director, but he’s felt drawn to being one ever since he worked for one when he was a teenager. He set up his business in 2011 when he left the Army. He has a Masters degree in forensic psychology. When he’s not working, Andrew is the proud and ...
A & J Morriss.JPG
343 Lower Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6RG, United Kingdom 17.5 km
15, The Broadway, Plough Lane, Croydon CR0 4QR 18.54 km
Part of the Rowland Brothers Group, A & J Morriss is an independent, family run business with all the attributes that brings. Funerals are supported by the Rowland Brothers fleet and staff, and back office administrative support frees the Morriss staff members to devote themselves to the fami...
Selsdon & District Funeral Service.jpg
204 Addington Road, Selsdon, Surrey CR2 8LD 21.72 km
Michael Wort and Gary Morriss are the two funeral directors here, supported by Sue who holds the fort when they are out of the branch. Both Michael and Gary hold the Diploma in Funeral Directing and the licence to practice issued by the British Institute of Funeral Directors, (Selsdon & Distr...
Colin Fisher Funeral Directors.jpg
109 Cotmandene Crescent, Orpington, near Bromley, Kent BR5 2RB 22.22 km
Now part of the Rowland Brothers Group, Colin Fisher Funeral Directors is an independent, family run business with all the attributes that brings. Funerals are supported by the Rowland Brothers fleet and staff, and back office administrative support frees Colin to devote himself to the families h...
Holmes & Family.jpg
0.00 (1 review)
197 Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2NS 0 km
Oliver and Toby Holmes. Sons of David Holmes (who founded the company and who attends 99% of funerals as a driver / bearer), Ollie and Toby are quite extraordinarily lovely young men. We met Toby only briefly, as he was busy with the business of the day, but spent quite some time with Ollie, the ...
Jane Bennett.jpg
Fern House, 120 High Street, Brentwood CM14 4AS 31.56 km
2 High Street, Billericay CM12 9BQ 39.91 km
Jane Bennett is the managing director and the inspirational heart of this award winning, well-known and highly respected funeral business. She has been at the helm of Bennetts since leaving a career in the City in 1988, and is the third generation of the Bennett family to serve the local communit...
Neville Funeral Service.JPG
75 Marlowes HP1 1LF 0 km
Neville’s may have been serving the people of Luton and Bedfordshire for nearly 140 years, but they are not standing still or taking anything for granted. Still family run, Neville Trust, led by the fifth generation, has overall control of the both the funeral business and their construction comp...
Chelmsford Star 2018.jpg
47 High Street, Ingatestone CM4 9DU 0 km
Co-op Funeral Directors is owned by your local co-operative society, Chelmsford Star, which was founded in in 1867. They’ve been doing funerals since 1936. Chelmsford Star Co-op is affiliated to the wider co-operative movement but remains proudly independent and self-governing. It is not a part o...
Town & Country Funeral Directors.jpg
155 Guilford Road, West End, Surrey GU24 9LS 41.18 km
Adrian Pink. Or occasionally his wife Amanda. Adrian became a funeral director by chance some 30 years ago in his hometown of Cambridge, and he has spent those three decades soaking up every aspect of funeral directing. He has worked for small co-operative funeral directors and large funeral dire...
Showing 1 - 20 of 67 results