Lewisham Council - Forest Hill
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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 6 May 8am to 1am

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


Learn My Way IT support session Free Council

Forest Hill Library 6 May 9.30AM to 12.30PM

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


Cook and the Kangaroo Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 6 May  12 noon to 1pm

See the first European painting of an Australian animal, ‘'The Kongouro from New Holland' by the artist George Stubbs, alongside the Horniman’s taxidermy mount of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo.


Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children

St Georges church 6 May 7pm to 8.30PM

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children


Dawn Chorus Walk

Horniman Museum and Gardens 7 May 5am to 7am

Join expert ornithologist David Darrell-Lambert for an early morning tour of the Horniman Gardens and learn to identify the many bird songs that make up the dawn chorus as part of International Dawn Chorus day.


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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.