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Forest Hill

A family-friendly locale benefitting from significant investment

"Forest Hill's elevation ensures outstanding views towards the centre of the capital!"

Jennifer Purchase

"Everything that you need; a gym and supermarkets by the station, villages bakers, lovely pubs and beautiful parks..."

Michael Schult

"The independent shops and cafes and charming period properties make East Dulwich the perfect place to set up home."

Michael Schult

What is your favourite place?

Where do Forest Hill locals go?

Le Querce

The finest Italian restaurant I have ever been to, with a varied and fresh menu that caters for everyone from meat eaters to vegans and all in between without seeming to try! I book for anniversaries, birthdays, visits from friends - any excuse to attend the best restaurant I know of. It may not look particularly salubrious, but it is child-friendly by day and romantically candle-lit by night. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

Horniman Museum and Gardens

A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.

Mayow Park

With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.

Cherry & Ice

A café serving delicious ice creams and milkshakes with the friendliest staff - they're so lovely and helpful and always make me feel welcome.

Brown & Green Cafe

This charming cafe sells delicious cakes and fried breakfasts. It's a great spot to visit on a lazy Sunday afternoon or after a jog around Mayow Park!

The Shop Revolution Marketplace

The Shop Revolution Marketplace host lots of unique events like poetry and craft nights, with all the items they sell produced by independent designers and jewellery makers. This picture was taken at a Miss Victoria's Floral Emporium flower arranging workshop.

Jam Circus

A quirky pub that serves good food. It's also child friendly during the day.

The Gantry

This delightful restaurant and bar is cosy inside during the winter, yet there's an amazing garden for the summer months.

East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café

This small cinema serves everything from cakes to meals, cocktails to coffee and screens small independent films alongside Hollywood blockbusters. There are even reclining seats and 'love seats' if that's what you'd prefer...

Le Chardon

Proper French food, an interesting 1880s Grade II listed interior and a piece of local history, as it used to be a David Greig shop. Put your handbag on the marble shelves and try the lobster, bouillabaisse or coq au vin and wash it down with a fabulous wine choice. I always have a good meal here.

Yama Momo

Situated in the heart of East Dulwich on Lordship Lane, if you like Japanese food, you have to try Yama Momo. Great atmosphere, food and drinks!


Arguably the best kebab on Lordship Lane! It's hard to break the habit of going every day for lunch...

The Bishop

A superb way to spend your evening, this newly refurbished pub in the heart of East Dulwich is the perfect place for celebrating with a cheeky champagne or two.

Brockley Market

Award-winning, bustling market selling seasonal produce and delicious street food.

Canavan's Peckham Pool Club

Where every good night ends...Peckham's pool club open 24/7!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Catford, East Dulwich, Nunhead, Peckham Rye, Sydenham, Lewisham, Upper Sydenham, Dulwich, New Cross and Hither Green

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Why do you find Forest Hill a great place to live?


"Loads of indie cafes and shops, great pubs, and a fab little museum and park!"

December 2014


"Quite, leafy, good traffic connection and not too expensive."

December 2014


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"In 1602 Elizabeth I picnicked with Sir Richard Bulkeley by an oak tree at the summit of a tree in Lewisham. It became known as the Oak of Honor, which is where the name Honor Oak derives from."

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Child-friendly activities near Forest Hill

Little Acorns

It is a wonderful opportunity for children to play together and caregivers to have some fellowship. This is not a drop off. Caregivers are expected to remain with their children. The children do remain the responsibility of the caregiver. The Little Acorns group is run by volunteers and we ask for a weekly donation of £1.50 per child to cover costs. If you are bringing more than one child (up to a maximum of three) the charge is £1.50 for the first child and then 50p for each Website

A World of Stories at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Everyone loves a good story, and we have got some of the best storytellers in London to whisk you to faraway places and different times with fun and interactive sessions. Their stories, inspired by our exhibitions, festivals and nature bring the Museum's varied collections to life. So, join us in our Hands On Base for these enjoyable oral storytelling sessions to see why so many people across the world love listening to stories. Website

J'S Dance Factory

Forest Hill Methodist Centre
J's Dance Factory is a fast moving and exciting place for your child to learn to dance and grow in confidence. It is an IDTA school and offer your child the opportunity to take dance exams from as young as three which can lead up towards to teaching qualification when they turn 17. They do shows in various venues, participate in local roadshows and charity events. 9.30-10.00 Ballet (3-5 years) 10.00-10.30 Street Dance (3-5 years) 10.30-11.30 Street Dance (6-8 years) 11.30-12.30 Ballet and Tap (6+) 12.30-13.20 Street Dance (Intermediate/Advance) 13.20-14.10 Contemporary Dance (6+) Website

Boppin' Bunnies

St. Saviours Scout Hall,
Exciting music classes for under 5s, led by professional musicians. Running across the South East, for families nurseries and schools! Bookings: Per term = £6.50/class | Per half term = £7/class | Drop-in = £8 subject to availability Website

Little Bubbles - Forest Hil

Forest Hill Methodist Church
Little Bubbles are exciting weekly activity classes for all children aged 12 months - 4 years old. Your child can come along and enjoy the physical fun of moving freely to funky tunes whilst expressing themselves in a warm, encouraging & happy environment! Full term: £72 Half term: £36 Full term (sibling): £36 Half term (sibling): £18 Website

Little Bubbles - Honor Oak

The Honor Oak
Little Bubbles are exciting weekly activity classes for all children aged 12 months - 4 years old. Your child can come along and enjoy the physical fun of moving freely to funky tunes whilst expressing themselves in a warm, encouraging & happy environment! Full term: £72 Half term: £36 Full term (sibling): £36 Half term (sibling): £18 Website

Art Markers at The Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum
Have fun with different art techniques to create something fabulous to take home inspired by the Horniman's collections or seasonal celebrations. Website
  1. About Forest Hill

    Forest Hill is a district of south London, located in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is situated between Dulwich and Sydenham. The area has enjoyed extensive investment since plans to extend the East London Line to Forest Hill were unveiled in 2004. Like many London suburbs, Forest Hill was only sparsely populated until the mid-19th century. The name Forest Hill came from 'the forest with a big hill', which was coined by a developer in the 1790s, and referred to the remaining area of Forest on Sydenham Hill which was originally part of the Great North Wood. Forest Hill has a large residential population and the area is becoming increasingly desirable as a peaceful, leafy suburb with good transport links into the centre of town.

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