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Forest Hill

Forest Hill has an attractive mix of local shops, a library, the pools, and the Horniman Museum (one of London’s best kept secrets).

Local events

Select a date from the calendar. 

Under-fives songs and stories Free Council

Forest Hill Library 21 October 10am to 10.30AM

Little Explorers

Dacres Wood 21 October 10am to 11am

Arts, crafts, storytelling, playing and exploring in the woods.


Horniman Museum and Garden 21 October 10.30AM to 5.30PM

The Horniman's family friendly exhibition Extremes offers budding explorers the chance to discover how animals and plants survive in extreme environments through games, experiments, films and stuffed animals.

Art & edible garden group Free

Young Lewisham Project 21 October 4pm to 6pm

After school group for young people 10-14 learning about growing fruit & veg and creating related art.

Iyengar yoga classes

St George's Church 21 October 7.30PM to 8.45PM

Iyengar yoga general classes.

Schools in the area:


Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London, originally part of the Great North Wood until the mid-19th century it was sparsely inhabited by charcoal burners and woodsmen. The opening of the Forest Hill Station in 1839 (originally called The Dartmouth Arms) gave the first boost to the development of the suburb. Until then the name 'Forest Hill' had been applied exclusively to fifteen or twenty houses in Honor Oak Road.

Collector and politician Frederick Horniman began his collection of artefacts as a public and it became one of the most popular attractions in south London. The current building was opened in 1901 amid a 16-acre park and is open to the public free of charge. Other buildings of architectural merit include the Forest Hill Library, Forest Hill Pools and the Capitol cinema now a J.D Wetherspoons pub.