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Forest Hill is a busy station in south London, serving London Overground, Thameslink and Southern services into the capital. Opened in 1839, it was originally named Dartmouth Arms, after a nearby pub (still there today). The station became Forest Hill in 1846, and the name change gave the area a much-needed pinch of glamour. The relocation of the Crystal Palace from Hyde Park to nearby Sydenham raised its profile yet again, and further residential development followed - by the end of the mid-20th century, Forest Hill had become the popular London suburb it is today. Forest Hill's most famous son is the tea merchant Frederick Horniman. An avid, globetrotting collector, he hoarded everything from musical instruments to rare examples of taxidermy - the Horniman Museum, set in award-winning gardens, houses his collection today, and is a ten-minute walk from the station. On the way you'll pass Forest Hill's array of charming independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

Station details & facilities

The main entrance is on Devonshire Road, and leads into the concourse and onto platform 1 (towards central London). There is a ticket desk on the concourse, and ticket machines outside the station. Exit this side for shops and the Horniman. The other entrance, off Perry Vale, has a ticket machine and leads to platform 1 (for southbound trains). A subway connects the two entrances, and there is a footbridge with lift access over the two platforms.

Departures and arrivals from Forest Hill

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Forest Hill station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground06:481On time
to Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground07:03On time
to Crystal PalaceLondon Overground07:152On time
to Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground07:19On time
to Crystal PalaceLondon Overground07:242On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Crystal PalaceLondon Overground06:481On time
from Crystal PalaceLondon Overground07:03On time
from Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground07:152On time
from Crystal PalaceLondon Overground07:19On time
from Highbury & IslingtonLondon Overground07:242On time
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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