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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 27 January 10am to 10.30AM


Badger spotting at Forest Hill Free Council

Forest Hill Library 27 January 10am to 4pm

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


Art & edible garden group Free

Young Lewisham Project 27 January 4pm to 6pm

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


Iyengar yoga classes

St George's Church 27 January 7.30PM to 8.45PM

Iyengar yoga general classes.


Learn My Way IT Support Session Free Council

Forest Hill Library 28 January 9.30AM to 11.30AM

Supported Learning Sessions for Basic IT users


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.