Forest Hill

Described by The Independent as “one of London’s greenest and most tranquil suburbs”, Forest Hill is fast becoming a favourite among property investors. The area has benefited greatly from improved transport links due to the East London line extension, and for estate agents, Forest Hill SE23 has seen a steady influx of young families and professionals all hoping to capitalise on some of the capital’s most affordable homes. This up-and-coming area has great potential – and with plans to further extend transport links to the City, now is a great time to consider Forest Hill.

Honor Oak Park forms part of the same suburb, and has its own mailine rail station utilising the same Overground service and its a stop nearer to London.

Where is Forest Hill?

Forest Hill is a district of South London, located in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is situated between Dulwich and Brockley to the north, and Sydenham and Catford to the south.

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Transport info

Regular buses:
Routes to Dulwich, Tottenham Court Road and Victoria
Forest Hill overground station:
Links to Clapham, Euston and Shoreditch
Forest Hill railway station:
26 minutes to Highbury & Islington; 14 minutes to London Bridge

Best local finds

Best culture:
Horniman Museum
Best pub:
All Inn One
Best restaurant:
Babur Restaurant
Best Park:
Horniman Gardens
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More about Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park SE23...

As the name suggests “Forest Hill” sits at a high vantage point with breathtaking views of the City – and wherever you are in this leafy suburb, you’ll see tree-lined streets affording stunning vistas without the hefty price tag. According to local estate agents, Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park offer a good mix of housing: Victorian villas, art deco apartment blocks, beautifully renovated mews houses and more. Still relatively affordable even in comparison to its neighbour Dulwich, Forest Hill offers a less-city-more-countryside-village feel with its quaint passageways, private roads and quiet backstreets.

Forest Hill has an abundance of parks, gardens, wooded areas and nature reserves, and there’s even an allotment scheme for residents. Both One Tree Hill in Honor Oak Park and Blythe Hill fields in Honor Oak are great locales for walkers, and budding photographers. The Grade II Listed Horniman Museum and Gardens, which was gifted to the local people by wealthy tea-trader Frederick Horniman in 1901, offers 16 acres of gardens, an aquarium, a natural history museum, and a world-famous collection of musical instruments. For a bit of relaxation head to Forest Hill Pools – which have just had a multimillion-pound refurbishment and extension to include a new health and fitness suite.

Culture In Forest Hill and Honor Oak Park...

As boasted by residents and estate agents, Forest Hill has character, soul and spirit. It’s the kind of place where you’ll know your neighbours and people will smile and say hello in the street. It’s this genuine community feel, along with some great schools in Honor Oak Park with “Outstanding” Ofsted ratings such as Stillness and the popular St William of York Catholic school, which are attracting young families.

Similarly, the bohemian, culturally diverse local population, coupled with great transport links to the City, is attracting young professionals and a creative, artistic crowd. Havelock Walk is the heart of the creative community, and artists from across London flock there to work and open their studios and gallery spaces to the public.

What to do in Forest Hill and Honor Oak...

Forest Hill’s once rundown town centre is really starting to flourish again with the establishment of new cafes, delis, boutiques and galleries as well as a conveniently located supermarket. Funky haberdashery, Stag and Bow, offers handmade crafts, furniture and jewellery, while Montage, a vintage-inspired shop, serves up cups of tea while you browse the gallery and listen to Forties jazz. Nathan and Ruth of The Butchery on London Road are set to feature in the new Raymond Blanc series; their meat shop focuses on providing, tasty, native-breed, free-range meat sourced from small farmers .

Similarly Honor Oak Park, fondly known as HOP to residents has seen a series of improvements to the local main retail street, Honor Oak Park. A Sainsbury's local has just opened, co-coinciding with a complete refit for popular Try Tapas, now known as Donde, and looking a whole lot better for the refurbishment. Babur improved a few years back now looking more like a central London restuarant with great food to match and local Sardian restuarant Le Querce is as popular as ever. HOP now even has its own award winning deli in Hills and Parke who supply lots of lovely local produce.

Forest Hill is also a real treat for foodies – with restaurants and gastro-pubs serving up cuisine such as Chinese, Indian, Italian, Nepalese, Spanish and Thai. Once a month, there’s a food fair held outside Forest Hill Station. Try The Ghurkha’s Flavour, a popular Indian and Nepalese restaurant, for rare speciality dishes made with authentically sourced Nepalese spices.

Nightlife in Forest Hill is good with a mix of trendy bars and traditional pubs. The Hob Pub is famous for its stand-up comedy nights with the likes of local-boy Micky Flanagan performing. For something a bit different try the Sylvan Post, a converted former Sixties Post Office complete with upcycled Royal Mail furniture, décor, and souvenirs. They have an excellent selection of wine, kegs and five hand-pull pumps to choose from. And as with so many of the bars and restaurants in Forest Hill, it’s kids and dogs friendly.

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