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Lazy Sundays

How to make the most of your day of rest


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

Columbia Road Flower Market

Shopping Markets and fairs Bethnal Green
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.

The Marksman

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hackney Road
Great name for a pub; great bit of architecture; great Sunday roast. The newly trendy Marksman is a cosy haven just a short walk from Columbia Road flower market.

Rich Mix

Cinemas Independent Shoreditch
Whatever your energy level at this stage in the day, Rich Mix is likely to have some entertainment that will suit it. Events range from photography exhibitions to contemporary dance, with plenty of music and cinema in between.

A lazy Sunday in Greenwich

Greenwich Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Greenwich
This 183-acre green space was once a hunting ground for Henry VIII, but now provides a somewhat safer haven for deer, foxes and more than 70 species of bird. Trek to the top of the hill and you'll be rewarded with a spectacular view across to Canary Wharf and beyond.

Cutty Sark

Attractions Ships and boats Greenwich
Recently reopened after extensive restoration, the world's last surviving tea clipper is ready once more for you to climb aboard. She's been raised three metres above her dry dock so that you can admire her elegant lines from all angles.

Old Brewery

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Breweries 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

Battersea Park Children's Zoo

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.

Battersea Car Boot Sale

Shopping Womenswear Battersea
This popular market doesn't open until midday, so you won't have to be dragged there still clutching your duvet. Prices reflect the quality of the merchandise on offer, but there are still plenty of bargains to be rummaged for.

Lost Angel

4 out of 5 stars
Clubs Battersea
This lovely pub is perfect for taking a load off after your wanders, with entertainment and a dining area to refuel in. The frontage reads 'Bar, Restaurant, Boozer', more a sign of true versatility than of an incipient identity crisis. There's also a nice little garden.

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