Living in Sutton
Considering a move to Sutton? The Cubitt & West team is here to answer your questions about life in Sutton. As the most successful independent estate agent in the South-East, we are the most reliable source of information about homes, transport links, schools and amenities in the area.
Have a property to sell in Sutton?
If you are looking to sell in Sutton, we are here to help. Get in touch with our local Sutton branch, or simply fill out a short form to arrange a free valuation of your home.Book a free valuation
What Is Life Like In Sutton?
The London borough of Sutton is just 12 miles southwest of central London. A leafy suburb, the town of Sutton itself is nestled within the M25 that encircles London. It has a distinguished suburban appeal, seated on the lower slopes of the North Downs but still within an hour’s reach of Oxford Street. The name Sutton refers to both the London Borough and the town at its centre.
You can use Sutton as your link to an affordable London life, or you can embrace the beautiful parks and countryside that are within easy reach of the town. With 607 hectares of green space and 16 parks, Sutton is one of London’s greenest boroughs. It is a fantastic location for those who thrive in close proximity to the countryside but require the convenience of the City. Sutton is also one of the top three safest boroughs in London, with the total crime rate having reduced by 31% over the last eight years.
Sutton has been the subject of recent rejuvenation efforts to its high street; new property developments and an influx of high street brands have made the town a very desirable place to live. South Sutton in particular is the preferred choice for prospective buyers.
History Of Sutton
Sutton first appeared as ‘Sudtone’ in 675 A.D, when a piece of land was granted to the Abbot of Chertsey. Sudtone was used purely as a source of revenue for the Abbey, and as such had no religious function. The name Sudtone derives from South Ton, meaning south farm. Sutton was mentioned again in the Domesday Book in 1086 A.D.
Sutton was part of Surrey until 1965 when it was absorbed into Greater London. Sutton is often inaccurately described as being in Surrey, which coupled with the fact there is a much smaller Sutton in Surrey, is problematic for the postal system.
The oldest shop in Sutton is Pearson Cycles, which was established in the 1890s by Harry Pearson – blacksmith turned bicycle builder and mechanic. Five generations of Pearson’s have since continued to operate this shop, which holds the Guinness World Record for oldest bike shop in the world.
Days Out In Sutton
Residents seeking the typical commuter town would be well suited to Sutton, as it provides access to both rural and city amenities. There is a fantastic choice of things to do within 30 minutes’ reach of the town; its three train stations provide quick and convenient access into London and other nearby towns.
Sutton was recently granted £50 million as part of ongoing work to renovate the High Street and surrounding public areas. This represents the huge effort that has been poured into making Sutton an incredible retail destination. You can find wonderful restaurants, patisseries, cafés, gastropubs, clubs and bars. All Bar One, a national bar chain, was conceived in Sutton at its current location before spreading across the UK.
For a trip slightly out of left-field, check out the Green Wall located along the High Street – designed to improve air quality and biodiversity in the evolving town. This vertical garden is in bloom all year round and provides a nature-filled respite from shopping and eating.
Things To Do In Sutton
It was at the Red Lion (now named the Winning Post) that the Rolling Stones were first spotted by music manager Giorgio Gomelsky, who signed the band and led the way to their success. Sutton has retained this sense of cultural significance with The Secombe – a 396-seat proscenium arch theatre. This lively space hosts touring groups, comedians, and musicians. You can also find cabaret, burlesque and new theatre work, as well as private events hosted at the back of the Secombe in a separate venue.
Sutton has enough variety to keep you busy throughout the year, with the sporting clubs and activities that you would expect from a London borough. For fitness-lovers, there is a wide range of venues to choose from across Sutton, Cheam and Carshalton. Alternatively, get your fitness fix outdoors in one of Sutton’s many green spaces including Manor Park, just a couple of minutes from the High Street.
Sutton United Football Club, Sutton Athletics Club and Sutton & Epsom Rugby and Football Club will keep any budding football or rugby stars busy with a range of teams and opportunities to play for any ages.
There are also children’s clubs including gymnastics centre, youth fitness and dance classes for children aged 3 to 16 years and Sutton Tennis Academy, which offers tennis lessons.
Schools In Sutton
Sutton has many excellent educational facilities.
- Robin Hood Infants School
Primary schools include:
- Avenue Primary Academy
- Devonshire Primary School
- Devonshire Hill Primary School
- Homefield Preparatory School
- Manor Park Primary School
- Westbourne Primary School
- Robin Hood Junior School
Secondary schools include:
- Glenthorne High School
- Greenshaw High School
- Overton Grange School
- Sutton Grammar School (boys only)
- Sutton High School (girls only)
Transport In Sutton
Sutton is well connected to a range of transport links.
Sutton has three train stations: Sutton, West Sutton and Sutton Common. Sutton Station is only 25 minutes from Victoria Station.
Buses and coaches
Sutton is well connected to other London boroughs via buses run by Transport for London.
Gatwick Airport is the closest international airport, only 18 miles away and easily reached by train or car. Heathrow Airport is the second closest, at 28 miles.
Sutton is on the A232, which has an almost direct connection to the M25. It takes around 45 minutes to drive to Vauxhall station and 26 minutes to Wimbledon.