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 28 May 8am to 1am

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


Horniman Farmers' Market Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 28 May 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.


Councillors' surgery Free

Forest Hill Library 28 May 11am to 12.30PM

Councillors' surgery


Cook and the Kangaroo Free

Horniman Museum and Gardens 28 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.


Dacres Wood Open Day Free

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve 28 May 1pm to 4pm

Open Days at Local Nature reserve, with activities changing with the season


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.