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Tudor house surviving in the heart of a thriving East London community
Built in 1535 by prominent courtier of Henry VIII, Sir Ralph Sadleir, Sutton House retains much of the atmosphere of a Tudor home despite some alterations by later occupants, including a succession of merchants, Huguenot silkweavers, and squatters. Discover oak-panelled rooms, original carved fireplaces and a charming courtyard.
The often hidden stories of the women who have made Sutton House what it is today are being revealed. From the first woman of the house to some of the women who are part of Sutton House today.
Mary Beale was the 1st professional female English painter. Artists Good Wives and Warriors were inspired by Mary's portraits in our Great Chamber to create new portraits behind the panelling of 500 of women's history. Over 8 months the untold stories will be revealed across four historic rooms. You can see the artists at work in the historic rooms and return to see their final pieces. Throughout December there will be an exhibition in our contemporary art gallery to celebrate the project.
Dust off your eyepatch and send that letter to Daddy, as London's premier curators of camp, The Amy Grimehouse, celebrate the Screen Queen of Mean herself, Miss Bette Davis.
An evening of high camp. Sutton House will be transformed into Hudson Mansion for the evening, so make sure you get that stage makeup on and head down early. Once you gain entrance to the sister's lair, you can down a couple of 'Bumpy Night' cocktails, and slur your way round this decrepit old mansion. Have a go on the Joan dartboard, glitter your own eyepatch, even star in a scene from All About Eve. Post-film club night to shake your taffeta to.
Saturday 18 April from 7pm until late. Tickets £18 in advance.