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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

Solo art show by Gary Hogben

Doopo Doopo  23 December 11am to 6pm

A gun for your mouth and a bullet with your name on it is a solo art show by artist Gary Hogben.

Select a date from the calendar. 

Kurt Jackson: River Free

Horniman Museum and Garden 23 December - all day

A unique chance to see a selection of paintings and sculpture from British artist Kurt Jackson's different river projects from the last three decades, including pictures of the Thames, the Dart, the Severn and the Tamar.


Under-fives songs and stories Free Council

Forest Hill Library 23 December 10am to 10.30AM


Badger spotting at Forest Hill Free Council

Forest Hill Library 23 December 10am to 4pm

Forest Hill library welcomes a taxidermy badger from the Horniman Museum and Garden collection.


Little Explorers

Dacres Wood 23 December 10am to 11.30AM

Arts, crafts, story telling, playing and exploring for under 5s. Aimed at engaging children in nature, our sessions take place in the woods, though we have a heated classroom we use in bad weather.


Art & edible garden group Free

Young Lewisham Project 23 December 4pm to 6pm

After school group for young people 10-14 learning about growing fruit & veg and creating related art.


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.