Forest Hill benefits not only from direct Overground links to Shoreditch and Dalston, but also from its proximity to Sydenham, Lordship Lane and achingly trendy Peckham. However, it's also way more than just a transport hub in a good location. Like nearby Brockley, the area is popular with artists and actors. Then there's also those defecting from East London in search of the capital's next hot location, which could very well be Dartmouth Road, the half-mile stretch linking Forest Hill proper to the fringes of neighbouring Sydenham.
Still, it's managed to retain its genteel heart. Families benefit from one of London’s most eccentric and child-friendly museums, the Horniman (its gardens have some of the best views across London and a bijou farmers' market), and a fairly recently refurbished swimming pool and leisure centre.
Neighbouring Honor Oak – named after a tree in the nearby woods – is overall quieter, but it too has seen a smattering of restaurants and independent shops cropping up.
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Things to do in Forest Hill and Honor Oak
Bars and pubs in Forest Hill and Honor Oak
The Herne has one of the largest, loveliest and most child-friendly beer gardens in south London, and consequently any mildly clement day will see it packed with local families. Inside, the bar ticks all the ‘fantasy pub’ boxes: real ale, decent wine list, posh crisps, wood panelling, leather sofas, real fire, discreet TV (big events get shown in the garden barn), loyal regulars, live music, a pub quiz… you name it. The Herne closed for a major refurbishment in 2013, and one thing that got refurbed along with it is the food. All the major bases of pub grub are covered – but there are also streaks of flair uch as broccoli tempura and Oxford Blue brûlée with toasted sourdough. Food highlight of the week for many customers is the hugely popular Sunday roast, a selection of five including fishcakes, all extravagantly garnish with spuds and veg. Brunch food isn't a huge range but it includes some very hearty cooking. The wine list is succinct and fairly priced, but the star on the bar is the changing selection of well-kep cask ales.
Restaurants in Forest Hill and Honor Oak
Hotels near Forest Hill and Honor Oak
Crystal Palace B&B
Crystal Palace B&B is located in zone 3 in London, 600 metres from Crystal Palace Park. Free WiFi is provided and free private parking is available on site.The suite of rooms includes a private lounge with a sofa, table and chairs, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. There is a private roof terrace with views of London and the property's garden. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer.Central London is 7 miles from Crystal Palace B&B. Crystal Palace and its restaurants, shops and bars is 2 minutes' walk from the property. Gatwick Airport is 22 miles from the property.
Best Western London Peckham Hotel
Best Western London Peckham Hotel offers modern accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. Buses stop outside the hotel and reach central London in 20 minutes.Refurbished in 2016, all colourful rooms are en suite and offer a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer.The hotel offers a 24-hour reception, and has a garden.A 10-minute train journey from nearby Peckham Rye Station will take you to London Bridge Station. Oval cricket ground is 2 miles from Best Western London Peckham Hotel, and guests can visit Greenwich National Maritime Museum within 35 minutes via public transport.
The Lilac Door
Located in London, The Lilac Door is a family-run bed and breakfast located 1 km from Dulwich Picture Gallery and 2.6 km from Crystal Palace Park. The property is set 5 km from Battersea.All units in the bed and breakfast are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are complete with a private bathroom equipped with free toiletries, while certain rooms will provide you with a seating area. Chocolates, water and a tea/coffee tray are provided.A Vegetarian, Gluten-free or Full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast area.Cycling is among the activities that guests can enjoy near The Lilac Door.Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey can be reached in less than 15 minutes by train from the property. London City Airport is 12 km away.