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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 29 May 8am to 1am

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

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Learn My Way IT support session Free Council

Forest Hill Library 29 May 9.30AM to 12.30PM

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

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Family Art Fun Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 29 May 11am to 2.45PM

Free and fabulous craft activities inspired by springtime and our family exhibition Plantastic.

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Up the Garden Path with Miss Horniman Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 29 May 11.30AM to 3pm

Discover the stories and secrets of the Horniman Gardens with Miss Horniman on this storytelling tour.

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Discovery for All Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 29 May 2pm to 3.30PM

Come and visit our Hands On Base and explore its thousands of real objects from around the world.

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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.