The extension of the Overground has opened access to Canary Wharf – just 20 minutes away. Regular trains also run to Victoria and London Bridge. The South Circular runs through Forest Hill and provides good road links and the buses connect with the rest of south London, with some central routes as well.
What’s the vibe?
Up and coming Forest Hill, always popular with families with its acres of green space, is now becoming a hot spot for City workers. The area’s burgeoning arts scene has resulted in exciting new art galleries, with local artists exhibiting regularly. There’s a strong community ethos.
Lovers of the outdoors are spoilt for choice. One Tree Hill gives spectacular views across London, Mayew Park is close by and nature lovers will want to head for the nature reserves in Dacres Wood and Devonshire Road.
For primary education, Eliot Bank and Fairlawn, or for secondary education, Forest Hill School for boys and Sydenham School for girls are popular choices. There are several good independent schools, such as LIFE School (Learn In a Friendly Environment), which provides support for students at risk of being excluded from mainstream education.
Every school child in Forest Hill and beyond will spend at least a day at the wonderful Horniman Museum. Packed with stuffed animals, musical instruments and puppets among many other weird and wonderful finds, the museum is an absorbing place you’ll want to revisit. The formal and natural gardens are a day out in themselves with their wildflower meadows and sunken gardens.