Excellent transport links, park and woodland, good facilities
Village on the hill
Forest Hill is home to the celebrated Horniman Museum. Despite a leaning toward anthropological and cultural collections, the museum is also home to a newly opened (July 2006) aquarium and one of the most varied collections of taxidermy in the northern hemisphere. It also houses one of the finest collection of musical instruments in the British Isles. Contained within its accompanying gardens is an animal enclosure, flower gardens, and a Grade II listed early 20th century greenhouse. Views from the gardens stretch out over central and north London.
The Hob Public House, opposite Forest Hill station, is a live music and comedy venue. Home to the E.D. Comedy Club, it has attracted acts such as Bill Bailey, Phil Jupitus, Daniel Kitson and Mark Lamarr. The Dartmouth Arms was named in 2007 by The Times newspaper as "one of London's very finest gastropubs".
Forest Hill Library was built in 1901 to an Arts and Crafts design by local architect Alexander Hennell. It is one of over 500 Grade II listed buildings in Lewisham Borough. It was refurbished in 2008
Honor Oak Park
So close to centre (London Bridge 10 minutes) yet loads of green space. Very friendly, arty and still community vibe.
Small but perfectly formed, Honor Oak Park is definitely an up-and-coming south east London suburb. Lots of green spaces, good train links and a high street that's getting better every month - it's perfect for families and professionals seeking a refuge from central London.