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was to be­come the norm on Sur­rey’s roads and hills. These days, you can book Pear­son Cy­cles to build your dream ma­chine, get your cur­rent bike fixed or just stock up on the lat­est trendy threads so you look the part on club rides. All the gear and all the ideas. On the hunt for the per­fect Christ­mas present? Not a prob­lem. At the heart of mod­ern Sut­ton, you’ll find re­tail de­vel­op­ments, St Ni­cholas and Times Square. You’ll find most of the High Street brands you’d ex­pect to find in a town this size here – so it’s spot on for a on­estop Christ­mas shop. Look out for in­de­pen­dents like War­ren­ders Jewellers, Barnes & Fad­den home fur­nish­ings and Sut­ton Mu­sic Cen­tre too. Pre­fer to es­cape the rush to the tills? Well there’s al­ways the state-of-the-art 10screen Em­pire cin­ema, which can also be found at St Ni­cholas. This artists’ com­mu­nity is based in old sta­bles once part of the es­tate of the Earl of Derby (of the world-fa­mous horse race in Ep­som). Now oc­cu­pied by a group of vis­ual artists, whose prac­tice in­cludes paint­ing, sculp­ture, stained glass, print­mak­ing and pup­petry, they hold open week­ends ev­ery sum­mer and take part in the Car­shal­ton Artists Open Stu­dios. The Sut­ton Coun­try­side Walk and Oaks Park Na­ture Trail are also found in the park, while sec­tion 6 of the Lon­don Loop walk­ing trail passes through.

Web: stnic­ssut­ton.co.uk and timessquareshop­ping.co.uk The Old Sta­bles, Croy­don Lane SM7 3BA. Web: oaks­fin­eart. co.uk NEXT MONTH: Wok­ing

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