Forest Hill

Forest Hill is a popular residential area located in the borough of Lewisham, with a swift commute into the City. It has become one of London’s new up and coming places to reside. With the Overground being extended, it has given Forest Hill something unique, allowing an easier mode of transport in and out of town, with journeys to Canary Wharf taking just 20 minutes.

Forest Hill is decorated with period homes, some of which were built by a local developer Ted Christmas. In Perry Vale, the ‘Christmas’ houses are much sought after. He was known for his high-quality work in Sydenham and Forest Hill, with many of the Victorian/Georgian homes which are now being divided into flats. With this part of Forest Hill holding great history and beautiful architectural buildings, it was great news when Lewisham Council decided to include Perry Vale & the Christmas estate to their list of conservation areas, protecting the high levels of original elements. A great catch is Havelock Walk, with lovely converted industrial mews houses, which are relatively expensive. The area also offers you blocks of attractive Art Deco flats in Taymount Rise which are located on private property.

Interesting facts about Forest Hill

The name ‘Forest Hill’ came about in the 1970s by a developer, who thought it was fitting because it matched the features of the area.

The Taymount Grange modernist flats were designed by George Bertram Carter are stylised in Art Deco, something which embodies Forest Hill.

Forest Hill Society was established in 2006 and aim to protect open spaces and promote high standards of planning for the area.

Attractions in Forest Hill

The area is spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor space; it really lives up to the name Forest Hill with several parks, gardens and two nature reserves. Forest Hill is well known for its world class museum, butterfly house, animal walk, aquarium, world gallery and so much more.

Forest Hill offers a grade II listed museum known as the Horniman Museum. Over the years, this world class museum has created an energetic vibrance within the area.  This encouraged galleries to open up in the area, and local artists to start to showcase their work to the public.

Horniman Market takes place every Sunday between 10am and 3pm in the beautiful gardens of the Horniman. This delivers stunning views across the skyline of London. Horniman Market offers fresh fruit and veg, chocolates, cakes and other food and drinks, making it easy to spend the whole day there.

Parents and kids enjoy visiting Forest Hill Library, which hosts various events such as rhythm time & baby bounce, book club and lively minds (an event for those aged fifty and over). Forest Hill Pools went through a renovation that helped change the venue into a Fusion leisure centre, with two swimming pools and a café with a spectator viewing area. This is great for those looking for a way to keep active and in shape. For more information, please visit Forest Hill Pools.

Sainsbury’s supermarket is located on London Road, giving you access to everyday essentials. The Butchery is also on the same road and is very popular amongst the locals due to the quality meat on offer.

Major developments in Forest Hill

Bellway is launching The Old Schoolhouse on Mayow Road; the development offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments with balconies or terraces. This is great for professionals commuting to London and also for young families due to the great schools close by in the area. For more information, please visit Bellway.

Education in Forest Hill

There is an extensive range of schools in Forest Hill. Popular schools include Fairlwan, Dalmain, St Francesca Cabrini and the outstanding Kilmorie Primary School, as well as Stillness Junior School which is located on Brockley Rise. For secondary schools, choices include Forest Hill School for boys and Sydenham School for girls. For more information about the performance of the schools in the area, please visit

Places of worship in Forest Hill

Forest Hill Methodist Church and Centre located on Normanton Street is a massive part of the community holding events, workshop and parties for children. St George Church, Church of Saint William of York and Perry Rise Baptist Church are also some of the popular churches existing within the neighbourhood. 

Photos of Forest Hill

Who is this area good for?

Source the Area think this area is a particularly good fit for families, commuters and first time buyers.

Partner estate agent in Forest Hill

For help finding property in Forest Hill, please visit Strickland & Co.

Average property prices in Forest Hill

Average detached property

Average semi-detached property

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Average flat/maisonette property

These property prices are shared with Honor Oak, since they use the same postcode



Forest Hill

National Rail

Forest Hill – 20 mins to London Bridge


122 to Plumstead/Crystal Palace

176 to Penge/Tottenham Court Road

N63 to Crystal Palace/Kings Cross


The South Circular Road (A205) rights straight through the heart of Forest Hill, with easy connections to the Blackwall Tunnel and M25

Best roads in Forest Hill

Havelock Walk, Church Rise, Benson Road, Duncombe Hill, Taymount Rise, Netherby Road, Wood Vale, Canonbie Road

Crime in Forest Hill

Forest Hill is looked after by the Metropolitan Police service, who are doing a great job reducing crime in the area. The three most commonly reported crimes in the area are harassment, theft from vehicle and violence. Forest Hill crime rate is relatively lower than the average for the borough, there are 7 crimes a month per 1,000 residents. For more information and crime prevention advice, please visit Met Police.

Nearby towns



Honor Oak