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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  • Join the Big Draw Party

    The Big Draw festival kicks off with a colourful and creative arty party at the Museum of Childhood with some very special guests. Illustrator Nick Sharratt will give a talk at 11.30am (ages 4-8) and much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson will speak at 12.15pm (ages 7+), with a reading of diary stories from the founder of The Great Diary Project, Dr Irving Finkel, at 2pm. Workshops and games will run throughout the day, and visitors will get the chance to design their own art prints, take part in a treasure hunt, make their own diary, learn about portraiture and draw in thread. All ages are welcome to drop in to this free event.

    V&A Museum of Childhood, Sep 28

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  • The Color Run

    Participants in 'the happiest 5k on the planet' aren't expected to break any world records, because having a brilliant time is way higher on the agenda. In fact, the 20,000 runners won't even be timed – the finishing line simply marks the start of the Colour Festival, where the party continues with DJs entertaining the crowd. Of course by this point they'll be suitably attired, too. Having started off in white clothes, the runners will be pelted with brightly coloured (all-natural) powders at each kilometre marker with the end result somewhat reminiscent of a primary school art cupboard.

    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Sep 28

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  • Secretsundaze 2014

    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.

    Oval Space, Sep 28

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  • Festival of Heat

    London's Chilli Festival returns for round two in 2014, and since 3,500 heat-seeking Londoners turned out last year, you'd be wise to get there in good time to enjoy the attractions. The farm will be aglow with stalls selling every iteration of pepper product, from chilli sauces, pickles and preserves to fiery food. To ease the burn there'll be a bar stocked with local brews, live folk music and workshops in cooking and chilli growing, as well as all the farm's usual family-friendly attractions – cute animals and a tree house to climb, as well as the Speak Spanish and Spice Up Your Sunday playgroup.

    Spitalfields City Farm, Sep 28

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  • Pearly Kings and Queens Harvest Festival

    Glistening pearls, donkeys, shirehorses and traditional songs… no, this isn't a Gypsy wedding: the Pearly King and Queen Harvest Festival is back in town. As the last Sunday of September rolls around, it's time for Guildhall Yard to welcome the cockney masses for a shindig Dick van Dyke would give his right arm to muscle in on. The annual event features traditional English entertainment including maypole dancing, Morris dancers and a marching band – be prepared to declare your London pride by shouting along to 'Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner' – before embarking on a parade around the City of London to St Mary-le-Bow Church for the 3pm service. The event is free but all harvest festival offerings will be donated to the Whitechapel Mission.

    Guildhall Yard, Sep 28

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Join the Big Draw Party

The Big Draw festival kicks off with a colourful and creative arty party at the Museum of Childhood with some very special guests. Illustrator Nick Sharratt will give a talk at 11.30am (ages 4-8) and much-loved author Jacqueline Wilson will speak at 12.15pm (ages 7+), with a reading of diary stories from the founder of The Great Diary Project, Dr Irving Finkel, at 2pm. Workshops and games will run throughout the day, and visitors will get the chance to design their own art prints, take part in a treasure hunt, make their own diary, learn about portraiture and draw in thread. All ages are welcome to drop in to this free event.

V&A Museum of Childhood, Sep 28

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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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