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Forest Hill Information


Approximately 6 miles from central London, Forest Hill is one of the highest hills in London with spectacular views towards central London and the North Downs. Like most surburbs it developed as an area following the opening of Forest Hill station in 1839. It became a popular retreat for the wealthy, including the collector and politician Frederick Horniman. By the 1880s his collection of artefacts had grown large enough to fill his home at Surrey House which he opened to the public in 1890. The current building was opened to the public in 1901 amid a 16-acre park, and is open to the public free of charge.

The area is home to 150 or so small, mostly independently owned businesses. There is also a Sainsbury’s in the centre of town

Property types

The area comprises a range of property types, including converted period flats, new build properties, 3 bedroom 1920s and 1930s houses and larger Victorian and Edwardian properties. In the Perry Vale area a number of houses were built by renowned builder E.C Christmas who set up his business in Dartmouth Rd in around 1890. He gave his houses names, of which the first letters spelt out ‘Ted Christmas’ and ‘Laura’, his wife. His houses are known for their distinctive and unique design touches.


Forest Hill station

Mainline services: 11mins to London Bridge London Overground: Services to Highbury and Islington and south to Croydon

Southeastern: South Eastern Railway

London Overground: tfl


Primary Schools
Stillness Primary School
Fairlawn Primary School
Dalmain Primary School
Horniman Primary School
William of York Primary School

Secondary Schools
Forest Hill School
Sydenham School
Crofton Park School

Please click on the link below for all the latest Ofsted reports.