April 2020

A message from the London Borough of Sutton 

Local Community Hub

If anyone is concerned about a neighbour, friend, family etc. receiving support at this time, they can share this link, or (with permission) register them with the Community hub for food deliveries. (Alternatively, call 0208 770 5000 and dial extension 6).

Find out more about Sutton’s response to the current situation
by visiting the LB Sutton’s website.
If you like reading, ebooks are available through libraries.

NEWS  20th March 2020
Please note that due to the coronavirus situation,
all Friends activities are suspended until further notice.

Whitehall Historic House and other Sutton Historic Houses are now closed.

The Friends hope you all keep ‘hale and healthy’

Whitehall Historic House  – June 2018

Re-opened to the public 16th June 2018
after a 2-year  refurbishment and repair project



Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Whitehall has being given a new lease of life, vital repairs have been completed and designer, Philip Simpson, has designed themes for each room and the exhibitions and displays that will be used to tell the story of Whitehall..

During normal opening hours there are activities for children including dressing-up clothes and traditional toys. The house is also available for children’s or family parties.
For further information please Telephone 020 8770 5670

Whitehall is currently looking for volunteers. Our volunteers have a vital role to play by providing a warm welcome to customers, delivering memorable, enjoyable tours and offering excellent customer service to our visitors.
For more information about volunteering, please click here

If you would enjoy welcoming visitors, stewarding, guiding or helping in the tea room and would like to learn about the history of Whitehall we would love to hear from you. Please contact us by using the details above, or visit us during opening hours to talk to one of the staff.

Whitehall,  built around 1500, is a historic timber framed Tudor house museum situated in a conservation area, amidst delightful weather-boarded cottages in Cheam Village, it is a shining example of a joint community project, for whilst the building is owned, maintained and managed by the London Borough of Sutton, through the Museum and Heritage Division, it opens to the public with the help of The Friends of Whitehall, a voluntary organisation which makes a  financial contribution towards the cost of the House and has funded numerous purchases within the House as well as supplying willing hands for stewarding, baking cakes, serving teas and maintaining the gardens. over the years

Whitehall has joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme and has received a Gold award after dramatically reducing its carbon footprint. Just by switching to LED lighting, it has reduced emissions from five tonnes to less than one tonne. It has also worked with EcoLocal and the Ecology Centre to run a series of workshops including sustainable history lessons with schools, green wreath making with adults, recycled craft workshops and a day on ‘how to green your garden’.

The house was transformed into a green haven following two grants from Renaissance London, as part of the Regional Green Museum Programme. The award was presented at the Green Tourism Awards in London in March 2011.

Pop- Up Whitehall

Pop Up Whitehall

While Whitehall has been closed,  the Pop-Up Whitehall has been  a new way to experience Whitehall and learn about heritage while the building was closed refurbishment. It served two main purposes: To maintain and develop new relationships with existing and new groups in the community and to act as a central tool in Whitehall’s on-going community outreach and engagement.

Whitehall is now open

This site was last updated on June 2019

We have been pleased to welcome 396,105 visitors since 21st May 2007.