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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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The Great Animal Orchestra Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 1 August 10.30AM to 5.30PM

Explore nature's music and hear the fascinating sounds of animals, birds and insects from around the world.

Extremes

Horniman Museum and Garden 1 August 10.30AM to 5.30PM

The Horniman's family friendly exhibition Extremes offers budding explorers the chance to discover how animals and plants survive in extreme environments through games, experiments, films and stuffed animals.

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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.

News

Two mums from Forest Hill win Lewisham Business Award

Two mums from Forest Hill, who co-founded Claudi & Fin frozen yogurt lollies, have won a Mayor of Lewisham Business Award.

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