The Low-down

Horniman Museum and Gardens: "Honest John" Horniman pocketed a fortune in packet tea, which enabled his son Frederick to travel the world collecting the huge range of artefacts which eventually ended up in the museum founded by the family, including more than 1,500 instruments in the music room and an aquarium. Entrance is free. 0181-699 1872

Council Tax: Southwark charges pounds 524 for Band A, Lewisham pounds 455; Band H is pounds 1,573 and pounds 1,366 respectively.

Psst! Wanna Buy a Rembrandt? The Dulwich Picture Gallery on College Road is next to Dulwich College. The Horniman hosts concerts, theatrical productions, arts and crafts workshops, horticulture events, nature walks and many others.

No Pain, No Gain: The area boasts plenty of playing fields with running tracks, golf courses, tennis courts, jogging paths, and a swimming pool in Forest Hill.

One Tree Hill's Three Claims to Fame: Boadicea allegedly killed herself near One Tree Hill in AD62, Queen Elizabeth I supposedly dined under the old tree on the Hill in 1602, and Dick Turpin reputedly used it as a lookout. Hit by lightning in the 1880s, the eponymous oak croaked.

Talking About Frogs: Plough Lane Pond, London Wildlife Trust's smallest reserve, is a haven for amphibians.

Schools: Dog Kennel Hill, Goodrich, and Dulwich Village CE primary and Dulwich Hamlet secondary.

Estate Agents: Bushells (0181-299 1722); Winkworth (0181-299 2722).

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