The busy A205 South Circular Road cuts through the heart of Forest Hill, but the lack of a compact town centre doesn’t take anything away from the charms of this family-friendly neighbourhood. Take your pick between Dartmouth Road, London Road, Devonshire Road and Perry Vale for an intriguing array of cafés, delis, antique and lifestyle shops along with snapshots of Forest Hill back in time - including the Grade II-listed, community-run public library and the modern-meets-Victorian Forest Hill Pools leisure centre.
Brilliant bursts of street art betray the existence of a creative local community that flourishes among the area’s numerous parks and coveted Victorian properties - the latter going for a little higher than in many other south-east London neighbourhoods.
Check out why Forest Hill is worth the price tag, and the uphill battle to reach SE23’s most scenic spots, below!
- The Croydon Canal used to pass through Forest Hill. However it had a troubled history up until it closed in 1836, including congestion due to the high number of locks, murders and drownings.
- Forest Hill Pools opened in 1885, although the original building had to be demolished and replaced by a modern leisure centre. The original Victorian structure still welcomes visitors at the entrance.
- Modern-day Forest Hill has many hidden gems - and a healthy dose of vintage. You’ll find the only art dealers in the country who specialise in Communist-era Polish posters here.