Things to do in London this 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.
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The Irish are ace at partying. So good, in fact, they even have a special untranslatable phrase – the craic – to describe their unique brand of conviviality. They manage to have a brilliant time in the most unpromising locations – your typical Irish church hall is gloomier than Eeyore. So, with Trafalgar Square as the setting for London’s official bash in celebration of their patron saint, a blast is pretty much guaranteed. As it takes place on Sunday March 16, a sizeable proportion of the population (not all of them Irish by a long chalk) is set to be looking appropriately green the day after, which is when St Patrick’s Day actually falls.The theme for this year’s parade, which starts at noon in Piccadilly, is ‘World of Dance’. The line-up features a variety of dance groups as well as marching bands, floats and assorted pageantry (look out for the giant figure of St P himself). Heading along Lower Regent Street and Pall Mall, the procession will wind up in Trafalgar Square, where the craic continues all afternoon. Riverdance will be headlining, six months ahead of a twentieth anniversary tour for the troupe responsible for taking the distinctive dance style (all lightning legs and motionless upper limbs) mainstream. There are performances from the cast of West End musical ‘The Commitments’, and Irish folk group Kíla. And the London Irish Comedy Festival Marquee hosts Ireland’s established and emerging comedians for the afternoon. This year, for the first time, there’s also
Vintage furniture dealers come out in force for this excellent mid-century fair, featuring classics of British, American and Scandinavian 20th-century design from Eames to Ercol. It's a very stylish showcase of high-quality, highly covetable furniture and homewares that you can buy direct from the 75 dealers. There's also a selection of new British designers, plus vintage entertainment and food vans on site.
Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Dixie Chicks, Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Martina McBride, Chris Young + more tba. Returning for the second year, this two-day indoor festival brings Nashville to Greenwich, attracting British fans of US country music. This year's festival is headlined on Saturday by three-time Grammy-winning country rock six-piece Zac Brown Band – led by Georgia boy Brown – and on Sunday by Brad Paisley, the rib-tickling modern country star who's an expert at inciting sing-alongs.
In among several retro and vintage fashion events he runs in London, antiques expert Matthew finds the time to host the Adams Antique Fair, offering over 140 of the top antique dealers from the UK and beyond together in the same place. Shoppers will have the chance to a fascinatingly eclectic range of items, ranging from tribal art to fine jewellery - the perfect chance to pick up a rare and unique present. A cafe will also be available on the mezzanine level if all that shopping wears you out.