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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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Under-fives songs and stories Free Council

Forest Hill Library 7 July 10am to 10.30AM

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Busy Bees Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 7 July 10.30AM to 12.30PM

Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs, and a whole lot of Horniman fun, all created with very young children and their carers in mind.

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Learn My Way IT support session Free Council

Forest Hill Library 8 July 9.30AM to 12.30PM

Free online course teaching you the basics of using computers and the internet.

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Busy Bees Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 8 July 10.30AM to 12.30PM

Activities change every week, with creative play, enchanting stories from around the world, simple art and craft, songs, and a whole lot of Horniman fun, all created with very young children and their carers in mind.

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Yoga for children

St George's Church 9 July 5.15PM to 6pm

Iyengar yoga for children

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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.