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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Walthamstow Garden Party

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Is London’s festival summer tragically cursed? First Frankie Knuckles passed away before he could headline Found festival, and then in June – less than a month before he was due to take to the stage in E17 – soul titan Bobby Womack sadly died at the age of 70.Despite the unhappy absence of Mr Womack, it’s still worth venturing out to the end of the Victoria Line this weekend. Co-programmed by the Barbican Centre, WGP combines a varied music bill with lots more fun stuff for people of all ages to do.The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain play on Saturday, with acid jazz stalwarts The Brand New Heavies replacing Bobby Womack in the headline slot. On Sunday you can catch groovy Afro-dance collective Ibibio Sound Machine alongside retro soul from The Excitements, Afrobeats by Afrikan Boy and reggae singer Tiken Jah Fakoly. There’s also a daylight disco, art tours and activities, and markets where you can pick up art from rising designers, craft beer and food.It’s the latest venture east for the Barbican, which has already hosted a festival in Stratford, put on events at Bethnal Green’s Oval Space and even invited Dalston club kids to party in its conservatory. Now, Womack or no Womack, the Centre’s helping to rename this corner of north-east London: ‘Awesomestow’.

  1. Lloyd Park Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4PP
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Jul 27
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Great British Carnival

  • Free

Rio officially has two years to recover from doing a grand old job of hosting the football before they get stuck into international sport all over again, because the Great British Carnival marks the two-year anniversary of London's own Olympic Opening Ceremony. 

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Jamie MacDowell and Tom Thum

Singer-songwriter Jamie MacDowell and beatboxer Tom Thum embark on a series of dates at London Wonderground, mixing mouth-made beats and instrument sounds with guitar strumming to winning, breezy effect. They've previously sold-out shows and impressed audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and there's no reason to think they won't do likewise in London.

  1. Southbank Centre Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
  2. Sun Jul 27 - Tue Sep 2
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V&A Museum of Childhood Summer Festival

  • Free

This free annual family event is back for 2014 with a day of fun for all ages. The museum grounds will be filled with colourful live acts, rickshaw rides, arts and crafts, games and food. Entertainers performing and adding to the festival atmosphere include the Pantomime Pony Troupe, Blind Buffalo Swing Trio and South London Samba.

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Brick Lane Village Fete

A day of fun in what will hopefully be sun in the grounds of St Matthew's Church, Bethnal Green. Last year's event hosted more than 2,000 visitors and they're hoping to top that this year, with dozens of food stalls, traditional games, live music and a dog show.

  1. St Matthew's Church St Matthew's Row, E2 6DT
  2. Sun Jul 27
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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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