London Borough of Lewisham

Forest Hill is in the London Borough of Lewisham and is bordered by Dulwich, Brockley, Peckham, Sydenham, and Catford. Many people are attracted to the area due to the Horniman Museum and Gardens, from which you can get a great view of central London. Forest Hill High Street has a selection of trendy shops, national banks, and supermarkets.


Did you know?
  • The oldest swimming pool in London, built in 1884, can be found on Darmouth Road in Forest Hill.
  • The name ‘Forest Hill’ was originally just ‘The Forest’ as woodland once covered the whole area.
  • Local architect Alexander Hennell designed the Forest Hill Library in 1901 in the Arts and Crafts style.


Look out for

The Horniman Museum – This museum is one of the most interesting buildings in Forest Hill. The house was built by Frederick Horniman, in order to allow him to store and display his collection of natural history objects and artifacts. In 1901, Horniman donated the building to the public, which led to the museum being set up.



The Signal Pub – A pub which serves food revolving around an open fire cooking

Canvas and Cream – A cosy cafe set within an art gallery and artists studios

The Teapot – Bakery and cafe serving homemade cakes and pastries

BOnA – Pizzeria specialising in Neapolitan sourdough pizza

Babur – Popular gourmet Indian restaurant



Honor Oak Pub – A recently renovated pub with a programme of events including comedy nights, pub quiz, dance classes, and guest DJs

Dartmouth Arms – A homely gastropub with vintage interior design

Sylvan Post – A real ale pub located in an old post office, which retains much of its original features such as an open vault



Properties in Forest Hill are mostly period, including some stunning Victorian and Edwardian facades. However, there are dashes of retro architecture with a few art deco style buildings. Sought after areas include Honor Oak and Forest Hill Conservation area.



London Overground direct routes to London Victoria and London Bridge

Forest Hill Station to London Victoria in 42 minutes

Forest Hill Station to Shoreditch High Street in 22 minutes

Forest Hill Station to London Bridge in 20 minutes


Other Transport

There are many bus routes to take you into Dulwich, Peckham, Crystal Palace, Catford, and Central London.


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