London Xmas Markets – 3

The previous 2 Christmas Markets in the series are outdoor markets. This one is held in Sutton House, in the London Borough of Hackney. You can combine it as a day trip from London, this week-end, by seeing other local sites mentioned below or having other shopping venues worth the train ride.

Sutton House, a medieval Tudor home, was built in 1535. When you attend this Christmas Market, you’ll have the quintessential Xmas atmosphere of times gone by, which is hard to find elsewhere.

But, the Xmas Fair is only for December 5th and 6th, 2009 — this week-end. So plan for it!

This Tudor mansion is a fantastic old brick building in Hackney, a borough of East London. Sutton House’s oak-paneled rooms are a wonderful place to host a craft fair and get in the Christmas mood. Some festive music will abound while the kids will be entertained by Santa and his helpers and also with the special activities arranged for children.

The history of Sutton House is unique, and it is the oldest residential home in all of East London. The royal connections of this rare, red-brick Tudor manor house reach back to Henry VIII. His Principal Secretary of State, Sir Ralph Sadler, built Sutton House in the 1530s. Sadler was also a judge at the trial of Mary, Queen of Scots in the reign of Elizabeth I. As an emerging “power player” at court, undoubtedly many momentous decisions relating to the monarchy and its progression were forged within its rooms.

Despite subsequent alterations to the exterior – in a Georgian style – and to the interior, the house still boasts original carved Tudor fireplaces and some rare wall paintings from the Jacobean era. It now functioning as an arts and education center.

A 4 minute walk from Sutton House will combine Sunday services with this shopping expedition. Services are regularly held at St John-at-Hackney where a church has stood since 1275 CE. The present church building, however, dates back to 1797. The church was originally dedicated to St. Augustine of Hippo. In 1660, it was rededicated to St. John the Baptist. Be sure to see the iconic St. Augustine’s Tower while at the church. It’s the oldest building in the Borough. It’s working clock is estimated to be late 16th century.

Go to Hackney Central station by train and leave the train station heading north, up Mare Street and right to Lower Clapton Road (for services) or along the park to your right (for Sutton House by most direct route). Marks & Spencers department store is at 352 Mare Street, so there’s another shopping and food choice.

After services, head south on Urswick Road, to just before the railroad track, to find Sutton House.

For another chance for bargains, walk 4 minutes from Marks & Spencers to visit the Burberry Outlet Store. From Sutton House, the Burberry Outlet store is almost directly across the rail line from Sutton House. Ask locals for specific directions or Mapquest.com it.

What’s Burberry? The brand is from Burberry’s of Bond street, one of Britain’s prestigious stores. You can get about 1/3 off at the outlet for classic jackets, blazers and trousers, purses, wallets, and of course, their signature trench coats a la James Bond! They have other men’s, women’s and children’s offerings in the classic Burberry check pattern.

Be warned, there are no changing rooms, so know your size before you get to the Burberry outlet. Use the Silverlink as the easiest way to get there with Hackney Central as the closest station, about a 5 – 7 minute walk, just as for Sutton House.

Sutton House
2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London E9 6JQ
Phone: 020 8986 2264
Fair Date: 5th & 6th December 2009
Time: Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
Pricing: £1.50, National Trust Members FREE
Normal Sutton House Admission:
February 1st to December 21st:
Thursday to Sunday 12.30pm – 4.30pm only.

Train Tickets:
£2.80 (Adult), £0.70 (Child), £6.30 (Family), £2.40 (Groups)
| £2.90 (Adults), £0.80 (Children), £6.60 (Family), £2.70 (Groups)

Burberry Outlet Store
29-53 Chatham Place, E9 6LP
Telephone: 0208 328 4287
Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 18:00, Sunday 10:00 – 17:00

St. Johns-at-Hackney Church
Lower Clapton Road at Urswick Road, E5 0PD
Telephone: 020 7613 9525

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