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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

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St David Coffee House open evenings

St David Coffee House 1 July 8am to 1am

We are now open until 11pm serving wine, craft beer and food.

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Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children

St Georges church 1 July 7pm to 8.30PM

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children

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St David Coffee House open evenings

St David Coffee House 2 July 8am to 1am

We are now open until 11pm serving wine, craft beer and food.

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Horniman Farmers' Market Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 2 July 9am to 1pm

A locally sourced, locally sold farmers' market selling vegetables, meat, fish, bread, flowers, hot food and much more in the glorious Gardens.

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Festival in the Forest

Devonshire Road Nature Reserve 2 July 1pm to 10.30PM

Listen to the best jazz, folk, country rock, indie and blues on two stages in a hidden paradise, in the heart of Forest Hill.

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History

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.