I happened to be in Hackney and have an hour or so to spare so brought my Father here not having been for several years. Sutton House is a Tudor building that retains many original features. The best way to approach it is through the pleasant churchyard opposite Hackney Central Station - about a 5 minute walk.
The house itself is one of the smaller NT properties. I left my Father in the café as some of the staircases are old and dangerous. The main attractions are one original Tudor window, lots of Tudor bricks, wooden panelling and wooden decorative carving. There is a guide to buy but I found enough information in each of the rooms to make the visit worthwhile.
I rushed the visit to get back to my Father and took about 15 minutes however even if I had plenty of time 30 minutes would have been sufficient.
The café is not as extensive as most NT cafes and is ok for a coffee or cold drink but they only had one cake on display so I would suggest finding somewhere near Hackney Central station if you are planning to eat.
I could not say that it would be worth making a long journey to come here specially so I would suggest combing in with a visit to other museums in the East End of London - perhaps the museum in Walthamstow village - a bus ride away -or possibly the Geffrye museum in Shoreditch or the Foundling Museum or Museum of Childhood.....
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