Seven reasons to love Sutton
Sutton is the perfect escape from city life, while still being close to the action. The south-London town is characterised by parks and green spaces, lending a village feel amongst all the city amenities. We think Sutton is a great place to live for those wanting the convenience of London, but not to be stuck with the pollution, noise and bustle of the centre.
Here are seven of the reasons why we love Sutton – and we think you will too!
1. It’s really safe
Sutton is the third safest borough in London, and crime is currently lower than it has been for a decade, according to the Council’s website.
2. Green space
There are 1,500 acres of green space in the borough, including the beautiful Nonsuch Park. It’s the last surviving part of the Little Park of Nonsuch, a deer hunting park established by King Henry VIII, and it surrounded the stunning Nonsuch Palace. While the Palace was destroyed in the 1680s, there’s still Nonsuch Mansion, a Grade II listed historic house, to explore.
In the summer months, you can enjoy Mayfield Lavender: a huge lavender field where you can immerse yourself in the fragrant scent and vibrant colours of the flowers.
Sutton is a great place to live if you’re into jogging, hiking, or have a dog to walk – you’re spoilt for choice for parks and open spaces to enjoy.
3. You can indulge in some retail therapy
Sutton’s town centre is home to a wide variety of shops – you’ll find everything you expect in a town of this size. There’s loads of high street stores such as Debenhams, Next, Primark, TK Maxx, Holland & Barrett, Boots and Waterstones, plus luxury hairdressers Rush, and amenities like opticians, high street banks, Carphone Warehouse – and Starbucks!
With everything you need in town, you won’t need to brave the crowds of Oxford Street to get on the latest fashion trends.
4. There are loads of great restaurants and bars
Aside from the normal chain eateries like Nando’s, Pizza Express and Zizzi, there are also lots of brilliant independent places to try.
A unique dining experience, all the meals at The Clink are prepared and cooked by prisoners at HMP High Down who are working towards their City & Guilds NVQs in Food & Beverage Service, Professional Cookery and Food Hygiene. The food is of a high quality: lunch dishes include cherry glazed duck breast served with shaved broccoli, wilted spinach and broccoli cream; herb-crusted hake with gnocchi and wild mushroom and tarragon consommé; plus a vegan salt baked and puréed celeriac, with grilled baby leeks, hazelnuts, date and truffle reduction. It’s a great way to help with the rehabilitation of prisoners, and treat yourself to a really delicious meal!
5. The transport links are convenient
No dealing with the stuffy Central line here: all services at Sutton are operated by Southern Railway and Thameslink. There are around 8 trains per hour to London Victoria off-peak, plus two per hour to London Bridge, and services to Wimbledon, Blackfriars, Epsom, St Albans, and more. Getting around won’t be an issue – and you get to be on nice, airy National Rail trains.
6. Sutton was home to the Roly Poly Goalie
The local football club, Sutton United, is known for the Roly Poly Goalie Wayne Shaw, who shot to fame after eating a pie on the subs bench during a 2017 FA Cup game against Arsenal. He earned his nickname for being a 23-stone goalkeeper, and was regularly subjected to chants of “who ate all the pies?” during matches – so much so that Sun Bets offered odds of 8/1 on him eating a pie during the game. Lo and behold, he did, just to wind the Arsenal fans up – but the FA swiftly launched an investigation into whether he broke the rules on betting and he resigned from Sutton United.
But it’s been brilliant for Shaw, who said on Twitter “#Piegate the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
7. You can live in new, luxury apartments with Greystar
No. 16 Sutton are a collection of premium one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, which are pet friendly, a two-minute walk from the station and surrounded by loads of green space.
They’re hosted by Build to Rent property managers Greystar, so there are no individual landlords to deal with. You can live comfortably in the knowledge that every aspect of your living experience is handled in-house.
Alongside the impressively styled, designer furnished apartments are residents’ lounges, private gardens, a 24-hour concierge service and private parking, so living is nothing but convenient. The apartments are soaked in natural light, and have a private balcony for you to enjoy. The kitchens are fitted to the highest specification with Bosch appliances, and the bedrooms are cosy but spacious with pure wool carpets, and most have built-in wardrobes.
Check out their website to find out more!
Exclusive No. 16 Sutton Viewings with ideal flatmate & Greystar
On Wednesday 18th September, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, we are partnering with Greystar to give you exclusive access to the beautiful No.16 Sutton apartments, and the opportunity to find a flatmate to share with!
There will be complimentary food and drink, plus a game of Flatmate Bingo to get conversation flowing between your potential neighbours. Greystar will be there to explain the benefits of the Build to Rent scheme and why No.16 is the perfect place for flatsharers!
Secure your place at this exclusive event here.