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
Where do Forest Hill locals go?
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!
Submitted by Tina
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!!!
Submitted by Stuart
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.
Submitted by Sarah-Jane
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.
Submitted by Daisy
Horniman Museum and Gardens
A quirky, free, family-friendly museum and gardens.
Submitted by Stephen
With a bowling green, play area and cricket pitches, Mayow Park is a great place to chill out at the weekend.
Submitted by Joe
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!
Submitted by Joe
A quirky pub that serves good food. It's also child friendly during the day.
Submitted by Stephen
This delightful restaurant and bar is cosy inside during the winter, yet there's an amazing garden for the summer months.
Submitted by Sarah
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.
Submitted by Sharon
Lovely food, wine and cocktails in a gorgeous French bistro housed in a converted pub in the heart of Nunhead.
Submitted by Hannah
The Beer Shop
Lovely little craft beer micro pub with great music, staff and beer!
Submitted by Hannah
Telegraph Hill Park
The park with a view! Enjoy a picnic with a landscape of the most beautiful city line. #TelegraphHillPark
Submitted by Salva
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...
Submitted by Fredericka
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!"
"Quite, leafy, good traffic connection and not too expensive."
What do you like about Forest Hill?
Did you know?
"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 AcornsST 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
Art Markers at The Horniman MuseumThe 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
Little Bubbles - Honor OakThe 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
Boppin' BunniesSt. 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
J'S Dance FactoryForest 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
A World of Stories at The Horniman MuseumThe 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
Discovery for All at The Horniman MuseumThe Horniman Museum
How sharp are shark's teeth? How do you wear a sari? Have you ever played a West African thumb piano, balanced a gourd on your head or stroked a badger? Drop in to explore our Hands On Base and its thousands of real objects from around the world. Our team of Explainers will help you discover these fascinating objects and make connections between them. This session is for everyone and you don't need to be a child or visiting with children to enjoy it - come and find out for yourself. 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.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- East Dulwich
- Peckham Rye
- Upper Sydenham
- New Cross
- Hither Green
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