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Babur

Babur

Incredible Indian cuisine (and cocktails!) Hailed by Hardens, and impressive enough to rival anything in central London.

Babur

Babur

Incredible Indian cuisine (and cocktails!) Hailed by Hardens, and impressive enough to rival anything in central London.

The Signal Pub

The Signal Pub

They are really invested in the community and host a wonderful night called Featured in Fifteen which is an amazing night curated bi-monthly.

Matoom

Matoom

The best Thai restaurant with always fresh produce, taste buds will be working overtime as each mouthful gives you more to think about. A truly unique experience!!!

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens

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

Le Querce

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!

Brown & Green Cafe

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

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.

Cherry & Ice

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.

Mayow Park

Mayow Park

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

Jam Circus

Jam Circus

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

Catford Constitutional Club

Catford Constitutional Club

Very quirky, wonderful atmosphere, food and drink. Puts a completely different slant on Shabby Chic

The Gantry

The Gantry

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

Good Thymes Supper Club

Good Thymes Supper Club

A monthly supper club inside someone's home in Ladywell, where local people come to meet and taste some good home-cooked food. Every month there's a different theme.

Le Délice

Le Délice

Excellent cakes and coffee

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

"All-round entertainer Spike Milligan lived in the Honor Oak Park area on Gabriel Street and Riseldine Road when he moved from India in the 1930s."

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...

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Michael Schult

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

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Child-friendly activities near Forest Hill

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 - 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

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

Little Acorns

ST AUGUSTINE
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

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

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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