London Area Guides
Forest Hill Area Guide
Our area guide to Forest Hill gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include SE23
The area is made up of families from lower to middle income groups, with some larger properties which attract professional people.<br /> <br /> There is a reasonable number of bars and restaurants around the centre of Forest Hill and the area does have its share of culture with the Horniman Museum in London Road
Property Types & Architecture
The area is made up of mainly victorian terraced house along with a number of attractive blocks of flats in Eliot Bank. The SE23 area does also have a number of council housing estates.
Shopping & Entertainment
The SE23 area is not noted for its shopping facilities. The main area is situated around Devonshire Road going south from Forest Hill stations and along London Road.
There are a few bars and restaurants where London Road meets Devonshire Road.
Parks & Commons
Horniman Gardens is a very well maintained attractive open space.
Who lives here?
The area mainly houses families, though it is becoming increasingly attractive to young professional couples and singles.
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Schools in Forest Hill & Exam Results
Schools in Forest Hill fall under the Lewisham Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Forest Hill by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Forest Hill
Forest Hill Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Forest Hill area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Forest Hill Local Authorities
Forest Hill is represented by Lewisham Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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