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Sutton is a popular suburb just 10 miles from central London and a regular feature in the top five safest boroughs in the capital. Here, you will find plenty of green space, excellent local schools and a thriving shopping scene. In this guide, we’re looking at what you can expect from moving to Sutton, from house prices to the cost of living and more.

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A brief history of Sutton

In the 1700s, Sutton developed into a popular spot for coaching inns due to its location on the London to Brighton turnpike. And by the mid-19th century, it began to grow thanks to a direct rail connection to central London. Sutton became part of Greater London in 1965. 

Where is Sutton

Sutton is a town in the London borough of Sutton in South London. You’ll find it on the lower slopes of the North Downs, around 10 miles southwest of Charing Cross. It’s also just 45 miles to the popular seaside town of Brighton.

Moving to Sutton

Sutton has been the focus of plenty of regeneration throughout the years. As a result, you will find many new-build houses and apartments mixed in with traditional and period homes. Sutton also has 150 listed buildings, some of which are residential houses.

Buying in Sutton

Because BaThe average sold price in Sutton is £511,041, which is considerably higher than the UK national average of £329,547. Expect to pay an average of £1m for a detached home, £478,077 for a terraced house and £287,902 for an apartment.

There’s a varied selection of estate and letting agents in Sutton, with chain and independent options available to help you find a home.

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Renting in Sutton

One-bedroom homes rent for an average of £1,175 per month in Sutton, with two-bedroom properties fetching in the region of £1,750 per month. For larger homes, expect to pay an average of £2,190 per month.

Cost of living

If you’re moving to Sutton, you can expect to pay similar prices to the UK national average for everyday living. A meal for one person is around £15, while a cappuccino and a pint of milk cost about £2.95 and £1.20p respectively. 

Utility bills are similar to the national average (UK average £155) in Sutton, at around £160 per month for electricity, heating, cooling, water and waste disposal. Expect to pay around £35 per month for broadband.

Lavender Field, London Sutton

Living in Sutton

Open spaces

Sutton impresses when it comes to green space, with 89 parks spread across 1,500 acres. Oaks Park is a favourite and has a golf course, café and sports centre, while Beddington Park has a Grade I listed manor house and a tranquil lake.

Transport links

There’s no underground in Sutton, which might come as a disappointment to some. But the town is well served by other transport options, including a train station featuring services Clapham Junction and Victoria in a little over 30 minutes. Drivers will benefit from its proximity to the M25, which is just a few miles away.


The town centre is served by two shopping malls: the Saint Nicolas Centre and the Times Square Shopping Centre, where you’ll find favourites. There’s also a smattering of high-street shops, both chain and independent.


An eclectic offering of restaurants can be found in Sutton, including national chains like Zizzi and Nando’s. If you’re after something more independent, try a simple yet smart trattoria with a classic menu of pizza and pasta.


Sutton has a few bars where you can enjoy a drink or two. Nearby Kingston-upon-Thames has popular spots, such as Incognito, a fashionable venue serving up a range of cocktails.

Art & culture

Wander Sutton and discover small cultural quirks. There’s more than enough history to discover in the town, from the 150 listed buildings to museums like Honeywood Museum, which features Edwardian-period details and exhibits on the house.

Things to do

Spend some time at Mayfield Lavender Farm with its gorgeous lavender fields dating back to the 1700s. Or wander Sutton High Street, popping in and out of local shops and toppings by the patisseries, cafes and bars. 

What’s not to like?

Even though Sutton is officially part of London, it feels more like the type of town you find outside of the capital. Whether that’s good or bad depends on your fondness for London living.

Who lives there?

Sutton has a population of more than 204,000 and a median age of 38.

Typical broadband speeds

The average broadband speed is 108mbps in Sutton, which is much higher than the UK national average of 67mbps.

Crime rates

The overall crime rate in Sutton averages around 62 crimes per 1,000 people.

Moving to Sutton

Move iQ’s property report provides an in-depth analysis of specific properties as well as details about the local area of Sutton. If you’re thinking of moving, make sure you get one first!

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Last Updated: June 14th, 2022

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