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The local area guide to living in Forest Hill

Forest Hill is situated in the Borough of Lewisham, in south east London. Notable areas nearby include Sydenham and Dulwich. Forest Hill takes its name from the Great North Wood, which used to dominate the area, although hardly any of it remains today. Prior to the 19th century, Forest Hill was thinly inhabited, with the area only starting to grow in population once the Forest Hill railway station was opened, which coincided with various other developments at the time.

The architecture in Forest Hill is varied, with many structures dating back to the 19th and 20th centuries. It was around this time that the Crystal Palace was moved from Hyde Park to Sydenham in order to facilitate the construction of new properties.

The Horniman Museum was opened in Forest Hill in 1901 and was designed by Charles Harrison Townsend. The museum focuses on natural history, anthropology and musical instruments and boasts more than 350,000 different objects.

Information about the local residents

The average age of people in Forest Hill is 35, with the median age being 34. Those in full-time employment are largely between the ages of 25 and 54. Roughly 28% of people employed here are professional, 19.3% are associate professional and technical and 11.4% are business, media and public service professionals.

Around 66% of the people who reside in Forest Hill were born in England, while this is followed by a 2.3% contingency of those born in Jamaica, and 2.2% in Nigeria. Nearly 50% identify themselves as Christian, while a significant 32% do not have a religion. The second highest religion represented here is the Muslim faith, at 5.3%. English speakers account for 85.3% of the population, followed by 1.7% of Polish speakers and 1.5% French.

Nearby schools

There are nine state-funded primary schools in the area, with Fairlawn Primary School and St William of York Catholic Primary School having 'Outstanding' ratings by Ofsted.

For secondary education, there is the Sydenham Girls School, with a significant amount of students enrolled at 1,434. For boys, Forest Hill School has a similar amount of students in attendance, with both schools receiving 'Good' ratings from Ofsted.

Getting around

Although there is no Underground service in Forest Hill, there is a railway station that services London Bridge, London Victoria, Caterham and the East London line.

There are a number of bus services that operate in Forest Hill, including the 122 that goes from Crystal Palace to Plumstead, the 176 that goes from Penge to Tottenham Court Road, and the 185 that runs from Lewisham to Victoria.

For those who drive, the A205 South Circular Road connects to Forest Hill and allows access to Central London.

Local shops

There are a number of local shops in the area for all groceries and necessities, including Sainsbury's, Costcutter, Tesco, Budgens and a Co-Operative. There are a number of pubs in Forest Hill, such as Blythe Hill Tavern, which received the accolade of best pub in south east London in 2011 and 2012 by the Campaign for Real Ale. There is also a large JD Wetherspoons for incredibly reasonably priced drinks and food. The Railway Telegraph is another reputable pub, located on Stanstead Road, and offers a beer garden with regular live entertainment.

There are a number of parks and open spaces in Forest Hill, such as the Horniman Gardens, where you will also find the Horniman Museum. The Dulwich & Sydenham Hill Golf Club is also a short distance away, which is also adjacent to the Streatham & Marlborough Cricket Club, so you can be sure to find somewhere to go and something to do in this lovely quiet suburb.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.