Lewisham Council - Forest Hill


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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Whatever youth theatre for those at risk of mental health problems

Horniman Museum and Gardens 22 January 4.30PM to 2.30PM

8–14 year olds at risk of developing mental health issues are invited to a supportive free drama programme.


Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children - yoga in Forest Hill

St George's Church 22 January 7.30PM to 9pm

Iyengar yoga classes and workshops for adults and children.


Tuesday rhyme time with Molly Free

Forest Hill Community Library 23 January 10am to 10.45AM

Come and join us in the children's library with Molly who will be singing and playing the guitar.


Carers Coffee Morning! Free

 23 January 10.30AM to 12.30PM

Would you like to get out of the house and meet other carers in similar situations to your own? Would you like an opportunity to get information and support? This support group is open to all carers of any age or caring responsibility in Lewisham.


Tai chi classes

Stanstead Lodge Seniors Club 23 January 1pm to 2pm

Practise the art of meditation in movement and calm the waters of the mind.


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.