Lazy Sundays

How to make the most of your day of rest



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After a long, hard week, you deserve a lazy Sunday, but that doesn't have to mean wasting the day in front of the TV. Get out and take in some culture, or at least let the experts cook you a roast.

A lazy Sunday in Hackney

Columbia Road Flower Market

Early birds are welcome to the pick of the crop at Columbia Road flower market, which gets going at the crack of dawn and winds down mid-afternoon. Even if you're not in the market for the flora, though, the stalls look incredible, and there are loads of independent shops and galleries to investigate along the way.

  1. Columbia Road, E2 7RG
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The Marksman

  • Rated as: 3/5

Great name for a pub; great bit of architecture; great Sunday roast. The newly trendy Marksman is a cosy haven just a short walk from Columbia Road flower market.

  1. 254 Hackney Rd , E2 7SJ
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Rich Mix

Whatever your energy level at this stage in the day, Rich Mix is likely to have some entertainment that will suit it. Events range from photography exhibitions to contemporary dance, with plenty of music and cinema in between.

  1. 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6LA
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A lazy Sunday in Greenwich

Greenwich Park

This 183-acre green space was once a hunting ground for Henry VIII, but now provides a somewhat safer haven for deer, foxes and more than 70 species of bird. Trek to the top of the hill and you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view across to Canary Wharf and beyond.

  1. Park Row, SE10 8XJ
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Cutty Sark

Recently reopened after extensive restoration, the world's last surviving tea clipper is ready once more for you to climb aboard. She's been raised three metres above her dry dock so that you can admire her elegant lines from all angles.

  1. King William Walk, SE10 9HT
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Old Brewery

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

If a day by the river has given you a thirst, the Old Brewery's bar is on hand to offer refreshment. Next to the Naval College, and five minutes from the Cutty Sark, it has a large outdoor seating area. The on-site Meantime microbrewery provides a great range of unusual artisan beers, and the kitchen dishes up excellent Modern British food.

  1. Pepys Building, (Old Royal Naval College), SE10 9LM
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A lazy Sunday in Battersea

Battersea Park Children's Zoo

A small, charming zoo run by a family who also run wildlife parks in Derbyshire and an otter and owl sanctuary in the New Forest. Living alongside the usual rabbits, goats, sheep and chickens are more exotic (some endangered) species such as meerkats, lemurs, Asian short-clawed otters, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, monkeys, emus, tortoises and talking mynah birds.

  1. Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
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Battersea Car Boot Sale

This popular market doesn't open until midday, so you won't have to be dragged there still clutching your duvet. Prices reflect the quality of the merchandise on offer, but there are still plenty of bargains to be rummaged for.

  1. Battersea Park School, Battersea Park Road, SW11 5AP
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Lost Angel

  • Rated as: 4/5

This lovely pub is perfect for taking a load off after your wanders, with entertainment and a dining area to refuel in. The frontage reads 'Bar, Restaurant, Boozer', more a sign of true versatility than of an incipient identity crisis. There's also a nice little garden.

  1. 339 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LF
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Users say


Spectacularly, all of the 'lazy sunday in hackney' options are in Tower Hamlets. I know Hackney's trendy, but there's a limit!