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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. 

Diving skills course Council

Forest Hill Pools 3 August 9am to 9.30AM

Participants must be able to swim 25 metres to take part.


Stage 3 swimming lessons Council

Forest Hill Pools 3 August 10am to 10.30AM

During the week-long course participants will improve strokes, swimming up to 10 metres on the front and the back.


Stages 1 and 2 swimming lessons Council

Forest Hill Pools 3 August 10.30AM to 11am

For non-swimmers and those new to swimming, who will learn the basics skills and develop water confidence.


Lively Minds - Keep Fit Free

Forest Hill Library 3 August 10.30AM to 12 noon

Social Group for Over 55s


A World of Summers Stories at the Horniman Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 3 August 11am to 1pm

Drop in and lose yourself in a wonderful tale or two.


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.