Sitting prettily on the south-west edge of Greater London, Sutton is a hilly borough with plenty of parks and gardens and a celebrated sense of community.
Its main town (also called Sutton) is a vibrant and bustling commercial area and one of the most popular shopping areas in London. Sutton is considered to be one of the safest boroughs of London, plus it also has one of the highest literacy levels of school students in England.
You'll find many beautiful examples of architecture in Sutton with over 150 listed buildings. It also has 89 parks, totalling over 1,500 acres of green space. The borough has undertaken various environmental projects including sustainable housing and community farms.
Clean air and green space, high-achieving schools, a strong sense of community, safe streets and beautiful architecture – is there anything Sutton doesn’t have?
On a Map
Sutton is located within the London Borough of Sutton.
History of Sutton
There is archaeological evidence of habitation in the area dating back ten thousand years and there are extensive roman ruins located throughout the borough. Sutton is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and is described as having two acres of meadow and two churches. During Victorian times, its connection by rail to central London saw it undergo significant expansion and the continual development of London saw Sutton become part of the 20th century suburban growth of the city.
Located in on the south-western boarder of Greater London, it may appear to be far from the centre of the city. However, there are direct trains to London Victoria, London Bridge and St Pancras International, the fastest train to Victoria taking just 25 minutes.
Cost of living
Like most areas of London, housing prices in Sutton are on the increase. Most housing are Victorian terraces and are a popular option for families and young professionals.
in 2015, the average rental price for a home in Sutton was £1,300 per month.
Restaurants and Bars in Sutton
Popular with the locals, this little coffee shop serves fresh paninis, a delicious range of cakes and, most importantly, an excellent cup of coffee. Located on High Street in Sutton, its central location means it's a popular joint.
Address: 188 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1NR
Phone: 0208 643 5946
This little gem of a pub may be small but it offers a big range of home-cooked food and plenty of lively entertainment. Their ale selection is extensive so you’re guaranteed a great pint. There is an outdoor seating area for when the summer sun decides to visit.
Address: 13 Greyhound Road, Sutton, SM1 4BY
Phone: 0208 643 2574
Serving an exciting range of cocktails (check their 2-4-1 deals), the Treasury bar is the perfect venue for a night out with friends. Sports fans – you can watch those important games on their plasma televisions screens while sampling some of their seriously good ales.
Address: 59-61 High St, Sutton, SM1 1DT
Phone: 0208 770 7337
Add some French class to your night out in Sutton with some French gastronomy at Brasserie Vacherin. Serving quality French dishes such cassoulet, soufflé and boeuf bourguignon, you’ll think you’ve crossed the channel. Try their seafood platters for two – available Friday and Saturday only, close your eyes and you’ll feel like you’re on the coast of Brittany.
Address: 12 High Street, Sutton, SM1 1HN
Phone: 020 8722 0180
Touted as being one of the best Chinese restaurants in Sutton, Heens offers quality food using fresh Asian ingredients. No gluggy sauces here – their range of vegetarian options is particularly good and their staff are welcoming and friendly.
Address: 14-16 Mulgrave Road, Sutton, SM2 6LE
Phone: 0208 643 1221
Things to do in Sutton
With global warming becoming an ever-increasing problem, it is exciting to see housing developments that are making an effort to create sustainable living options. BedZED is the UK’s first large-scale sustainable community that combines housing, offices, community spaces and a school in an ecologically sustainable way. This development is worth checking out and may offer some insight into how you can lessen your own carbon footprint. They run tours on the last Thursday of every month.
Address: Bioregional BedZED Centre, 24 Helios Road, Wallington, SM6 7BZ
Morden Hall Park is a National Trust property prized for its agricultural and industrial histories. It is one of few remaining examples of the industrial buildings that used to line the river Wandle. You can see a watermill from the Snuff mill, as well as wander through the 125 acres of parkland to see old farm buildings, wildlife and impressive rose gardens.
The park is free to enter so bring a picnic for a lovely Sunday afternoon out.
Address: Morden Hall Road, Morden, London, SM4 5JD
Phone: 020 8545 6850
Located in Sutton town centre, Manor Park offers a daily escape from city life with beautiful gardens, unique statues and water features. There is a small eco-friendly café built entirely out of straw bales and sustainable materials, and it was the first building in London to be constructed in this method. The park is also the home of the Sutton War memorial.
Named after Sir Harry Secombe who used to live in Sutton, the Secombe Theatre is housed in an red-brick former Christian Science building and is well known for it’s ‘dominating’ appearance. Due to a potential closure, the theatre has recently been taken over by the Sutton Theatre Trust in order to help it continue to run.
Performances range from modern works to older, more established plays and the theatre seats almost 400 people.
To see what shows are coming up at Secombe Theatre, visit the Sutton Theatre Trust website.
Address: 42 Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 2SS
Phone: 020 8770 6990
Do you dream of running through fields of lavender, the wind in your hair, the sun on your face? Well your dreams can come true in the borough of Sutton at Carshalton Lavender fields. This not-for-profit community project has an annual harvest of its three acres of lavender every July and you can volunteer to help out. For a minimal cost, you can take home bunches of floral lavender.
Address: Carshalton Beeches, SM5 4NQ
Phone: 07948 174907
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