Things to do in London on a Sunday
Forget about your day of rest with our tips for what to do this Sunday in London
Finish your weekend in style with our guide to the best entertainment, events and places to go in London this Sunday, featuring an array of fantastic ideas that show the city at its best on this day of rest.
Controversial New York stand-up comic Lewis Schaffer has been doing his 'Free Until Famous' show for four years now (despite claiming 18 on his website), but either he's hit the big time or just needs a bit a dosh, because this new run of shows are a tenner a pop. For your money, Schaffer will school the audience on his idea of England, which may be ignorant and ramshackle, but it'll no doubt be a little bit brilliant.
The annual Apsley House festival related to the famous battle takes place through the whole of June, with an impressive range of events spanning the month. In the first weekend (June 1-2), family events include a fun-sounding vegetable-based re-enactment of the battle. The festival culminates with a looks at the anniversary of the Battle of Vitoria 1813, which led to the eventual victory of the Peninsular War (June 29-30).
Expect rock-and-roll dodgems, antique rides and amusements, vintage fair organs and slot arcades, steam gallopers and steam yachts at this returning event. The 1950s-style fair has a friendly, family atmosphere, with beautifully restored rides, and appropriately retro foodie treats.
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This year Kew’s summer festival highlights the extraordinary diversity of edible plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The centrepiece – ‘Tutti Frutti’ – is the work of architectural foodsmiths Bompas & Parr. The pair have come up with another of their trademark bonkers concepts: a giant ‘fruit salad’ boating lake complete with a floating pineapple island. Tickets are available from the kiosk by the pond and all the boats have been designed to look like slices of papaya, melon, durian or pear. The Global Garden, on the Great Lawn opposite Kew Palace, features more than 90 edible plants from around the globe – including grape vines and pomegranate and olive trees – along with stories about their origins and cultural heritage.
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Over the past 12 years, James Priestley and Giles Smith have created one of the most enduring and engaging London parties with secretsundaze, and to celebrate 12 years of house, techno and disco mayhem – which have seen an enviable catalogue of dance talent help them party hard – the boys have lined up a glistening series of spring and summer events. We know where we'll be spending our summer.
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