Forest Hill


Approximately 6 miles from central London, Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London with spectacular views towards central London and the North Downs. Like most surburbs it developed as an area following the opening of Forest Hill station in 1839. It became a popular retreat for the wealthy including the collector and politician Frederick Horniman whose collection of artefacts is now housed in the musem named after the man himself. The museum was opened to the public in 1901 and is surrounded by16 acres of parkland.

"Canvas and Cream for brunch then off to the Horniman - a perfect Saturday afternoon in Forest Hill."

Jonathan Hill

Going Out

There’s no shortage of places to go for drink and an evening meal Take your pick: the impressive Dartmouth Arms, the uber-chic Sylvan Post or Canvass and Cream to name but a few. For good quality coffee, a snack and a soothing environment, head to St David coffee shop.
And to work off those excess pounds there’s Forest Hill Pools and leisure centre.


A large Sainsbury’s caters for most of your food shopping needs. The Butchery provides free-range, dry aged meat sourced from small farmers who care about all things meaty. If you have a sweet tooth or just want to evoke memories of childhood then Sugar Mountain – a retro sweet shop that also serves ice-cream – is the place to go.
For ski-lovers, you’ll find most things you need in Finches Ski & Sports shop along Perry Vale. It specialises in all things snow-related from clothing to equipment hire.


The Hormiman is an anthropological museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens. There’s an aquarium, a permanent gallery dedicated to African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art, and a collection of around 1,600 musical instruments. The museum provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail and weekend workshops. The gardens around the museum are a great place for a Sunday afternoon stroll.

Transport Links

Forest Hill station
Mainline services: 11mins to London Bridge
London Overground: Services to Highbury and Islington and south to Croydon.
London Overground:


They include:

Primary Schools
Fairlawn Primary School
Horniman Primary School
Eliot Bank

Secondary Schools
Forest Hill School
Sydenham School
Crofton Park School

Please click on the link below for all the latest Ofsted reports.

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