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“Well done - excellent way to spend a few hours”
Review of Sutton House

Sutton House
Ranked #479 of 1,679 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 20 February 2014

Michael K what is wrong with you. Spent great morning dressing up in Tudor clothes in dining room laid out with a feast. Listened to Shakespere's sonnets. Played with toys from times gone by and learnt so many facts like why PG tips are so called and why people talk about having 3 square meals. As well as unpicking the history of one home as it developed over the 500 years and understanding the people who lived there. Well done National trust- friendly staff as well who chatted happily to us.

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Reviewed 23 January 2014

If you have already seen the major London attractions and have time to spare, this building is definitely worth a visit. I became interested in this place since I read an article about its restoration in "IN Britain" magazine many years ago. This Tudor house was built by Ralph Sedlier, Secretary of State to Henry VIII. This man lived with Thomas Cromwell at the age of 14, and he later carried out some missions for the dissolution of the monasteries for him. Ralph also married a relative of Cromwell. The main living room is very impressive with its carved fireplace and oak linenfold panelling. Since the home had few visitors while I was there, I could really enjoy the atmosphere. I also found the staff very helpful and friendly.

2  Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

If your community centre turned out to be a Tudor building, that would be a delightful surprise. But if the National Trust property you've crossed London to see turns out to be a community centre that happens to be housed in a Tudor building, that's something of a disappointment. I am surprised other reviewers are so enthusiastic about this building. It was Rafe Sadler's home for 11 years, and must have been stunning when he built it. But it has been through so many hands in the meantime, with so many changes, that it is completely lacking in any Tudor atmosphere. One room has some linenfold panelling, but apparently even that isn't original to the property. It has belonged to various private owners, but has more recently been a school, trades union office and parish institute. The National Trust has made no effort to restore it to its Tudor originality, so we get a Victorian room, and Georgian room and so forth. Every expense has been spared, unlike the spectacular English Heritage work at Danson Park and Kenwood. The community centre effect was compounded during our visit by its being filled with church hall tables for a craft fair. The only comparable disappointment I have had was at Eastbury. No, I tell a lie; the Red House at Bexley is almost as underwhelming.

3  Thank Michael K
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Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Surprisingly busy on a weekend, located on the Hackney/Homerton border. Ideal to spend a few hours on a rainy day. Good public transport links. Sadly the local Chesham Arms pub around the corner has now closed to be converted into posh flats :-(

2  Thank Martin P
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

To think that this Tudor house has survived at all in the city of London, is extraordinary. You can while away an hour or so here and then hop on the bus and see interesting Hackney and enjoy a good cheap healthy Turkish lunch at the BBQ Express near the Empire Theatre. This place is well worth the journey. However, one wonders how the Trust allowed squatters to inhabit the place for many years during their custodianship in the 1980's. We asked the question but got shrugs of the shoulder and " oh well, that's part of it's history' we suppose" response. It may sound innocent enough, but we DO know what damage, squatters do in these instances, what with burning precious timbers etc to keep warm in the winter , defecation and graffiti etc. . No, methinks they should have been evicted. You may agree ?

2  Thank Badbones
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