Things to do in London this Sunday

Forget about your day of rest with our tips for what to do this Sunday in London

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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.

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Notting Hill Carnival

  • Free

Since Notting Hill Carnival debuted in 1964, the event has undoubtedly grown and morphed, attracting ever more revellers with its spectacle of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands as well as a series of soundsystems for alfresco dancing. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade together with Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken and fried plantain. 

  1. Notting Hill Chepstow Rd, Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove, W11 1HT
  2. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Aug 25
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Sail Awake Sunday: A Morning Gloryville Boat Party

  • Critics choice

Feeling blotchy, pale and bloated after too many late nights and spontaneous visits to the kebab shop? What you need is a bright-and-early Sunday cruise with the almost terrifyingly peppy Morning Gloryville crew. They’re London’s experts on ‘conscious clubbing’, putting on dance sessions at 6.30am for early risers wanting to ‘rave their way into the day’ with a natural endorphin rush. Smoothies take the place of booze, and coffee is the only stimulant on offer. Full steam ahead for wholesome nautical fun!

  1. Tower Millennium Pier near Traitor's Gate Tower Of London, EC3N 4DT
  2. Sun Aug 24
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Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain

  • Free

As part of this exhibition of quirky objects produced in the Soviet Union, kids aged five to nine can find out about life in the USSR from the gallery's curators and take part in drawing activities and treasure hunts (Saturdays 10.30am-1pm). The show features 50 items produced between the 1950s and the 1980s that will be catnip to retro design fans: pleasingly boxy TV sets, a pyramind-shaped milk carton, weird plastic dolls and large-scale models of cars and military vehicles. 

  1. GRAD: Gallery For Russian Arts And Design Little Portland Street, W1W 7JB
  2. Tue Aug 19 - Sun Aug 24
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Secretsundaze 2014

  • Critics choice

Over the past 13 years, James Priestley and Giles Smith have created one of the most enduring and engaging London parties with Secretsundaze, bringing in some of the finest house, disco and techno selectors from around the globe to create some absolutely stellar events, attracting those who like to party hard. As ever the boys have lined up a fine series of events for 2014, so go right ahead and joing in the fun/carnage.

  1. Village Underground 54 Holywell Lane, EC2A 3PQ
  2. Sun Aug 24 - Mon Aug 25
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The Diary of a Nobody

  • Rated as: 3/5

In the ’90s everyone laughed at Bridget Jones’s; Anne Frank’s still makes us gasp in horror today, but in Victorian London the diary that everyone read was that of the ridiculous Mr Pooter. Pooter, the fictional character at the heart of brothers George and Weedon Grossmith’s 1892 book ‘The Diary of a Nobody’ is a painfully pretentious middle-class bank clerk, whose day-to-day goings are 90 percent trivial, ten percent glorious chaos.

  1. King's Head Theatre 115 Upper St, N1 1QN
  2. Sun Aug 24
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Nadia
Nadia

I like these ideas there very fun things to iv been on other webs and they give you rubbish plans unlike this website there very very interesrting so ill give a 4 star

Lilly
Lilly

Looking for London Business Travel List for Dining , Museum Visits and Things to Do this Season With the right entertainment and dining guide, on-the-go business travelers to London can explore the city between meetings and after the business day ends. If you have a morning free before you head off to your meetings, you should enjoy an authentic English breakfast at The Wolseley. It offers an award-winning full English breakfast starting as early as 7 am for early risers (or those not yet adjusted to London time). The breakfast menu features a viennoiserie basket, the famous The English (eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushrooms), and lighter fare like grapefruit or granola. Reservations are recommended as this event is very popular amongst the business set during the week. Then you can soak up the city by going to some of the most controversial and intriguing contemporary British art at the Saatchi Gallery. Located in a 70,000 square-foot space in Chelsea, exhibitions of sculpture, painting, photography, video and installations keep the eye and mind engaged. After that, you can stop by Buckingham Palace and try and see the queen! To make sure you’re ready for your eventful morning in London, why not indulge yourself to a relaxing spa day at your hotel after your flight? It can erase those bleary eyes and disoriented state of being from jumping through time zones. Jet Lag is one of the most common problems business men and women experience. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel near Hyde Park features a luxurious spa offering hydrotherapy, color therapy and an opportunity to create a custom spa experience. There’s also Urban Retreat (for the ladies) and The Refinery (for gentlemen) at Harrod’s .Harrod’s also provides a menu of services as a quick jump-start for the hard-working businessperson. Once you’ve relaxed your mind, body, and soul, there’s nothing better than a rich meal to top it off. London is home to some of the finest and luxurious restaurants you can find. West End restaurants in London to enjoy dinner at include The Ivy London, Thames Barrier and dinner by Heston Blumenthal. The Fat Duck, the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park location of Din-ner are all restaurants from acclaimed 3 Star Michelin Chef which are packed with foodies who come for degustation of ofal and classic British country fare prepared with modern gastronomic technique. Are you looking for things to do in London? Visit Carnet, my favorite travel guide!

Sofia
Sofia

Loved the disco roast recommendation, but after taking the trip across town with a group of mates yesterday we got to The East Village and were told that they no longer does Sunday Roasts!!!!

Ali
Ali

PS my favorite Sunday haunt is Church Street in Stoke Newington - Turkish coffee, fresh juices, mediterranean breakfasts and vintage clothes. Also an old school DVD rental shop with the discs arranged by director, not 'category', for that afternoon veg out.

Ali
Ali

Nice to see that TFL are finally doing the free bike hire scheme, but you have to wonder how long those bikes will last on the streets in a city where one is stolen approx every 4 seconds.... This might have to be crossed off the Sunday to do list fairly rapidly. Must say I agree with Laura too. I found the Hangover Cure one particularly poor. Have the writers ever had a raging hangover or are they chained to their desks? Because every Londoner knows that Camden's hordes of tourists and pounding music are the worst place you could be on a Sunday morning....

Simon
Simon

I have to say I totally agree with Laura. Having said that.. it does pose another problem. I have many "hidden" gems I like to visit in London, from parties to shows, breakfast to midnight snacks...Timeout has picked up on these on occasion and within weeks if not days they kill any atmosphere there was in said destination and make it impossible to get a seat without booking weeks in advance.. The reviews for the past 8 - 12 months have constantly failed to deliver or find anything that you couldnt find by having a quick google! Part of me is happy, but I still feel TO could be highlighting some great things to do and help London business thats being hit hard of late, just keep your prying eyes out of my hidden spots!

maria
maria

try unsigned sundays @ bloomsbury bowling lanes. live acoustic music, cheap bowling, half price karaoke, films in the cinema and discount on food. come down and chill out on a sunday!

Kate
Kate

I DID like everything Time Out wrote here. Especially the Go Alternative part. Keep up Time Out! You make me get out of bed every day and go explore London!

Laura
Laura

I really appreciate Time Out as a publication but invariably as a consumer of Time Out I care about, and am interested in, what is going on in London. It's for this reason that everytime I read a Time Out feature i get excited that it is going to throw up a hidden gem or suggest something to do that i haven't heard about or thought of doing before in the capital. But alas, the above feature 'Great Things to do on a Sunday in London' fails to deliver as so many have lately. Regular readers of Time Out already know a lot of what is going on in the Capital, what we are looking for are new inspiring ideas not 'go to camden market to cure a hangover' we've been doing that for years - since we were kids (and quite frankly there is no where worse on a hangover). Don't forget to cater for Londoners - not just tourists. PLEASE show me something new.

Miss Aloha
Miss Aloha

For Vintage lovers and retrophiles.. HULA BOOGIE! Floor stomping vintage music of 1930s to 1950s from DJs, retro cocktails, brulesque entertainment and dancing (and occasional bands) since 2003 at South London Pacific Tiki Bar, Kennington. Third Sunday of every month. Voted Best Club Night by easyJet. www.hulaboogie.co.uk

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