After a long, hard week, you deserve a lazy Sunday, but that doesn't have to mean wasting the day in front of the TV. Get out and take in some culture, or at least let the experts cook you a roast.
A lazy Sunday in Hackney
Early birds are welcome to the pick of the crop at Columbia Road flower market, which gets going at the crack of dawn and winds down mid-afternoon. Even if you're not in the market for the flora, though, the stalls look incredible, and there are loads of independent shops and galleries to investigate along the way.
A lazy Sunday in Greenwich
If a day by the river has given you a thirst, the Old Brewery's bar is on hand to offer refreshment. Next to the Naval College, and five minutes from the Cutty Sark, it has a large outdoor seating area. The on-site Meantime microbrewery provides a great range of unusual artisan beers, and the kitchen dishes up excellent Modern British food.
A lazy Sunday in Battersea
A small, charming zoo run by a family who also run wildlife parks in Derbyshire and an otter and owl sanctuary in the New Forest. Living alongside the usual rabbits, goats, sheep and chickens are more exotic (some endangered) species such as meerkats, lemurs, Asian short-clawed otters, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, monkeys, emus, tortoises and talking mynah birds.
An Arabic restaurant and bar situated in Mayfair, just a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and Piccadilly Circus. Deep purples and reds surround the venue to give the vibe of a shisha lounge, which is what Mamounia is. The Middle Eastern menu features traditional Moroccan and Lebanese dishes, with plenty of charcoal-grilled meats, including tagine with half a chicken, and spiced lamb couscous. Baklava tops the dessert menu, plus saffron cheesecake and briouat (filo pastry filled with mixed nuts). At this Mayfair branch visitors can enjoy live music every weekend, plus belly dancers and DJs.
Venue says: “Find us in Mayfair for Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine, signature cocktails and weekend live music. Great spot for shisha in London.”