Sugar Mountain

Shopping , Chocolate and sweets Forest Hill
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Sugar Mountain
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These days no self-respecting south London ‘hood can be without a retro sweetshop-cum-ice-cream-parlour. East Dulwich has Hope and Greenwood; Herne Hill has Gerty’s Gumballs; and Forest Hill has Sugar Mountain, which does the old-fashioned thing topped with a big squirt of kitsch.

The talking point is the trio of themed booths: the retro games booth (Ker-Plunk, Mousetrap, Bionic Woman); the ‘80s pop-culture booth (Smash Hits annual, Bros 7-inches, Jason Donovan cassette, Charles and Di tumbler); and the space race booth (Neil Armstrong’s signature, photos of astronauts, globes). The ice-cream itself comes from North London’s Marine Ices (£1.60 for a one-scoop cone and an extra £1 per additional scoop). The flavour spectrum stretches from bubble gum (which doesn’t taste as brash as it sounds) to white chocolate or pistachio.

Customise in a sundae glass with sauces or toppings, with a traditional Ben Shaws pop on the side. A great after-school treat for kids, or sugar-based nostalgia fix for adults.


Venue name: Sugar Mountain
Address: 57A Dartmouth Rd
SE23 3HN
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Tue-Thur; 10am-8pm Fri, Sat; 10am-4pm Sun
Transport: Forest Hill rail
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Neets F

Want to feel like a kid in a sweet shop? This is a must for all gob stopping, space dust popping, sherbet sucking kids of all ages

Ester S

I love sugar mountain! The sweets and Ice cream is delicious, the owner is one of the sweetest people on the planet and the decor is lovely. Nothing beats this shop!

John H

Such a retro treat, satisfying many sweet hungers, but also a valuable community hub and instrumental in providing a voice for real change in the neighbourhood. Visit and step back in time but also be part of the future.

Kate A

This sweet shop has such a good ambience and the shop owner is so warm and welcoming to every single one of her customers. It has such an amazing selection of all my childhood favourites but I just cannot resist buying some of the meerkat sweets whenever I step inside. I can't wait to try the mega sours as I've heard so many people in the shop asking for them. I have yet to find anything unique like this in the surrounding area, the choice of sweets and the experience is incredible. I have yet to try the ice-cream which appears to be extremely popular with the locals.

Chris B

Not only is this a great little sweet shop in its own right, the owner, Pauline is involved in many great community organisations and projects including the Forest Hill Community Library, Forest Hill Fashion Week, Forum, Forest Hill Traders Association and more.

Ros A

Happened to stumble past this adorable sweet and ice cream shop when walking in Forest Hill a few weeks back. The retro decor is gorgeous, although the seating areas seemed a bit null and void to me (perhaps they get used more in the Summer when people are eating ice cream rather than sweets). Spectacularly delicious lollipops in this place, and lovely to have the sweeties in jars. The lady who ran it was chatty too. Great little spot for a sweet maniac like myself. Recommend also the toffee bon bons. 

Sareta P

If you ever dreamt of being in a magical sweet shop when you were a kid then get down to Sugar Mountain! It's not just sweets though, but games and ice cream. There's often local events happening in, or near, the shop and proprietor Pauline will always let you know what's happening in the area. Another gem in south east London!

Lucy  Barton

Sugar Mountain is a wonderful addition to the thriving indepent businesses growing in Forest Hill. Upon entering the shop your overwhelmed with nostalgic sweet choices. My children adore "sweetie day" which for them happily coincides with pocket money day. But the special glue of sugar mountain is the owner Pauline, who knows everyone's favourite sweet, which makes each child (and adult) feel special - what a wonderful talent, what a wonderful shop.

Rebecca Brindle

Sugar Mountain is our local sweetshop and it's great for kids and adults alike. The shop is full of goodies that take me back to my childhood, whilst my son is blinded by the vast selection of great sweets. What makes this place even more special is the lovely lady who owns and runs it. Pauline is a force of life, extremely welcoming and caring and completely involved in the local community.

bryan Kelly

This is the best sweet shop in south east London taking us back to our childhood and what makes it outstanding is Pauline the owner who creates her own special welcome and warmth ,an absolute treasure on Dartmouth road in forest hill *****