Here in one of the highest spots in south London you’ll find an irresistible combination of independent shops and cafés, gastropubs galore, and possibly the world’s biggest walrus.
Leafy as it is, Forest Hill’s most famous mammal isn’t roaming loose in the area’s many parks and playgrounds. Instead he’s a much-loved local resident and one of the star attractions atthe Horniman Museum – a cherished local gem which boasts gorgeous gardens, a weekly farmer’s market and a vast collection of Victorian taxidermy among its many and varied delights.
There’s a thriving arty scene in this well-connected patch of SE23 too, thanks to the studios in Havelock Walk (just by Sainsbury’s) and restaurant/gallery Canvas & Cream, where you can admire art while enjoying homemade cake by day or a delicious meal – and cocktails – by night.
With the local state schools all impressing Ofsted’s inspectors, and a range of independents close by, it’s easy to see why Forest Hill is a hit with families. And its speedy links into central London and Canary Wharf make it equally popular with commuters seeking a quick journey home.