Local area guide

Living in Forest Hill

Thinking about moving to Forest Hill? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools are like, transport connections and so much more.

Your guide to moving to Forest Hill

Why Forest Hill is a good place to live

High on a hill top, Forest Hill offers stunning views of central London, with plenty of green spaces to enjoy them from.

Home to the Horniman Museum, a splendid arts and crafts-style building created in 1901, Forest Hill is a lovely south London neighbourhood with plenty of great restaurants and pubs.

The area is well-connected to central London via the London Overground and National Rail services, and Charing Cross can be reached in 19 minutes from here.

With numerous excellent restaurants catering to all tastes, a vibrant social scene and family-friendly events, life in Forest Hill provides a perfect blend of city life and suburban comfort.

What's Forest Hill famous for?

Forest Hill is famous for its unique attractions like Mayow Park, a green expanse with a lovely cafe and community garden.

The area is also known for its quirky, family-friendly museum - the Horniman Museum, set in lush gardens.

Another distinguishing feature of Forest Hill is the Shop Revolution Marketplace, a hub for creative events like poetry evenings and craft nights.

Things to do in Forest Hill

Forest Hill is home to a diverse range of family-friendly restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Mayow Park or take a stroll through the 18th century Cox's Walk, featuring 3 acres of gardens and parks with 200 species of plants.

Dacres Wood Nature Reserve sits between Forest Hill and Sydenham train stations, occupying 2.5 hectares of land that was once part of a massive Victorian garden.

Or for hardier ramblers, the Green Chain walk, connecting 50 miles of green spaces across London, runs through here.

With a collection of excellent shops and great eateries, Forest Hill is a lovely pocket of south London that attracts young professionals and families alike.

Properties currently for sale in Forest Hill

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Transport in Forest Hill

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Local connections

Forest Hill
National Rail
0 miles / 0.0 km
Sydenham (London)
National Rail
0.8 miles / 1.3 km
Honor Oak Park
National Rail
0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Sydenham Hill
National Rail
1.2 miles / 1.9 km
National Rail
1.2 miles / 1.9 km
Catford Bridge
National Rail
1.3 miles / 2.1 km

Schools in Forest Hill

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Forest Hill.

Education in Forest Hill

St George's CofE Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Perrymount Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Eliot Bank Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Horniman Primary School
Ages: 5 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2023)
Sydenham School
Ages: 11 - 18 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)

Local pubs in Forest Hill

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  • All Inn One

    London SE23

    With easy links into Central London, but far enough out of town to feel like a real locals’ pub, the All Inn One enjoys the best of both worlds.

  • Railway Telegraph

    London SE23

    Pub and dining room. New gastronomic destination in Forest Hill.

  • Honor Oak

    London SE23

    We are South London's new dining experience, located in Forest Hill. Let's engage!