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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Under-fives songs and stories Free Council

Forest Hill Library 9 February 10am to 10.30AM

Join library staff in our Under 5s storytime and rhymes


Scott Wiseman Performing Arts classes

Forest Hill Pools 9 February 6pm to 8.45PM

Local performing arts school offering dance, singing, and drama classes.


Reading Group - “Life After Life” by Kate Atkinson

Forest Hill Library 9 February 6.30PM to 7.30PM

Monthly Reading Group


Life Drawing Classes

South East London Art Rooms 9 February 7pm to 9pm

LIFE DRAWING CLASSES in Forest Hill with award winning artist Karolina Glusiec


Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children

St Georges church 9 February 7pm to 8.30PM

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children


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.