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“A surprisingly remarkable find near downtown Hackney...”
Review of Sutton House

Sutton House
Reviewed July 23, 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 ?

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

This house is definitely worth taking the time to venture off the "normal" touristy beaten track, particularly if you are a fan of Hilary Mantel's "Wolf Hall" and "Bringing Up The Bodies" as it was originally built by Ralph Sadler (Sadlier), who features largely in these two historical novels. This house is National Trust so a fee is payable but it is well worth joining the National Trust as visiting a few homes or properties means it pays for itself.

It is beautifully maintained, and if like me, you are fortunate enough to visit when it is quiet then you can wander at leisure and appreciate the history of the house. Do allow yourself time to enjoy the cafe/secondhand bookshop - I enjoyed a generous Ploughmans Platter with 3 choices of cheese, a little pork pie and chutney, rocket salad, gherkins, tiny pickled onions, fresh granary bread and a bottle of delicious organic lemonade for a fraction of the price I would have paid in the West End and the gentleman who served me was really friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed February 18, 2012

I agree with earlier reviewers, this house is well worth seeing, particularly the rooms with their original 16th century features. You get a useful pamphlet when you buy your ticket, the person at reception gives you a good potted history, and there are explanations of what you're seeing in the various rooms. If you're using public transport, check the exact location on a street map and take bus 38 to Hackney Baths stop - it's a short walk down from there.

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Reviewed February 8, 2012

I have never been to this beautiful tudor/georgian property before, its a real gem & just minutes from Hackney Central overground.
The house is just lovely to look around with a quirky cafe & gift shop. I didn't have my children with me this time, but I intend to go back for some of their Family events -which are held at the end of each month.

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

If you are not familiar with the roads of East London you may find that Sutton House is difficult to find when travelling by car. National Trust members will have directions in their handbook but, nevertheless, I found the road journey from Hampstead to be a bit of a nightmare.

On the upside, however, there is plentiful parking in the vicinity and the house itself is well worth seeing. It is a most beautifully well preserved Tudor House with a fascinating history set in a historically interesting area.

The facilities are first rate. Children are well provided for and the whole site has a feeling of "community" about it. The cafeteria sells lovely food and (on the occasion of my visit) was staffed by the friendliest and most helpful NT volunteers I have ever met.

My advice to anyone who wants to see Sutton House would be to get there using public transport if at all possible. If you are trying to get there by car do not give up in despair and leave without seeing it. If you persevere you will have a warm welcome in a house that you will enjoy seeing.

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