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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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Prehistoric Garden Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 29 August 7.15AM to 7.20PM

A display of 'living fossils' - plants that have been around since prehistoric times, featuring a dinosaur sculpture.

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Stage 4 swim school

Forest Hill Pools 29 August 10am to 10.30AM

One week intensive swimming crash course

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Family Art Fun: Summer Holidays Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 29 August 11am to 2.30PM

Join free and fabulous Horniman craft activities this summer holiday inspired by our Brazilian Summer events, our temporary exhibition Dinosaurs: Monster Families and our beautiful gardens. Different sessions daily. Refer to website for full details

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Whatever youth theatre for those at risk of mental health problems

Horniman Museum and Gardens 29 August 4.30PM to 6.30PM

8–14 year olds at risk of developing mental health issues are invited to a supportive free drama programme.

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Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children

St Georges church 29 August 7pm to 8.30PM

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and 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.

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