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Things to do in London this Sunday

Have your most epic Sunday in London ever with our guide to the best things to do on your day of rest.

Written by
Paula Akpan

Ahhh, Sundays. If there’s a sweeter day of the week, we can’t name it. While work, life admin and socialising may be demanded of you on those other six days, Sundays are the official Day of Rest (it says so in the Bible don’t you know), which we’re choosing to interpret as a license to do whatever you jolly well please for the day.

If you’re on the hunt for a laid-back way to while away those blissful 24 hours before the week starts up again, London has you covered. In the market for a brisk walk? You’ll find plenty within the bounds of the M25. Want to scoff down a hearty Sunday lunch? London’s fine pubs and restaurants have you covered. Just want to lie on a blanket in the park doing sweet FA? You’ll find some stunners in the city. 

Whether you want to check out a new exhibition, see the glorious London skyline from the saddle of your bike or get lost in a flower market, you’ll find peak weekend bliss with our guide to the most glorious ways to spend a Sunday in London. 

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Things to do on Sunday in London

Wander around one of London’s best markets

1. Wander around one of London’s best markets

After a quintessential Sunday activity? You need look no further than a relaxed market stroll. From colourful bric-a-brac and vintage dresses to street food and fresh groceries, the pleasure is in the browsing (and the sampling and spending).

If you’re a fan of Borough Market but can’t face the weekend crowds, amble over to the nearby Maltby Street Market for plenty more scrumptious dishes and delicious gourmet street food from all corners of the earth. If you’re after local produce, Blackheath Farmers’ Market boasts all the jams and cheeses you could ever want. Or if you’re looking to barter for some antique bits and bobs, Northcote Road Antiques Market starts at noon, allowing for that much-needed Sunday morning lie-in.

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  • Walks and tours

Londoners, real Londoners, genuinely love walking and Sunday is the perfect time to do it. There are loads of truly beautiful spots in London for a weekend walk, whether you want to learn a little about the past with a historical trot around town, or feel calm and restored after bathing in the glory of nature

Whether you fancy meandering down the Thames path, circumventing the beautiful Hampstead, or exploring some ancient woodland or a canal-side stroll, there are plenty of ways to discover a part of London you might not have explored before. Here are our favourite routes to get you started.  

Have a long (and potentially boozy) brunch
Photograph: Rob Greig

3. Have a long (and potentially boozy) brunch

Oh how we love a brunch – and that hasn’t gone unnoticed by London’s restaurant scene. Get your pancake fix at one of these lip-smacking brunch spots. Tuck into a hearty mezze-style Israeli breakfast at Haggerston’s Berber & Q or keep it classy at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings with a tasty huevos benedictos or drop scones with cream, berries and honey for those with a sweet tooth. And, because it’s still the weekend and all that, take brunch to the next level by going bottomless. South London’s Daddy Bao offers one hour of speciality cocktails for just £18, alongside fluffy steamed bao - the right way to end your weekend.

Still peckish? Check out more of London’s loveliest brunch spots

Leave London for a day trip

4. Leave London for a day trip

Got an itch to get a little further afield? Set your alarm for early this Sunday and head out to explore one of these brilliant day trip spots.

Within just an hour and a half, you could be lounging around on the seaside at Whitstable with a pint in hand, or perusing the historic Roman baths of... well, Bath. For minimum travel time (and maximum swoon-time), visit one of these cute chocolate-box villages, which are all within easy reach of London. Great Missenden, the home and workplace of iconic children’s author Roald Dahl, still has its magical charm, while Ashwell in Hertfordshire is the perfect spot for picnics and has some stunning architecture. 

Wish you could stay for longer? Plan a weekend away from London for next time.

Let someone else make the Sunday roast for a change

5. Let someone else make the Sunday roast for a change

Want a big roast dinner but can't hack the thought of doing it yourself? Well you're in luck - from classic pub grub to fancier fixings, we’ve rounded up the best roasts in the capital.

For a reliably delicious lunch, try your nearest Hawksmoor – the roast dinner is both lip-smacking and good value. If you feel like treating yourself after a long week, hop over to the Jugged Hare for a 45-day aged beef rump paired with a delicious tipple or walk into the welcoming embrace of Harwood Arms for their famed game specials.

Want to sample roast potatoes all around town? Here’s our guide to London’s best Sunday lunches

Fill your arms with flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market
Michelle Grant

6. Fill your arms with flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market

If you haven’t been to Columbia Road Flower Market yet, you’re in for a treat. Make your way through the crowds to secure yourself the perfect bouquet. Naturally, perusing works up a real appetite so be sure to duck into the cute cafés and shops lining the road, too. Arrive early to beat the crowds, or late for the best bargains.

Want to avoid the crowds completely? Sunday is the perfect day to get yourself to Clifton Nurseries in Little Venice or Alleyn Park Garden Centre in Dulwich for lots of UK-grown stock from small local suppliers; we’re talking fruit trees, herbs, perennials and more.

Need more greenery in your life? Check out the best plant shops and garden centres in London.

Catch a new art exhibition

7. Catch a new art exhibition

Sundays (and especially rainy Sundays) are well spent catching up on any art exhibitions you’ve missed. And if you don’t want to splurge on tickets, there are countless free-entry galleries and museums to get lost in, from Tate Modern to the National Portrait Gallery. Beat the rush and arrive early for minimum neck-craning. Sundays are for joining a tour of the Barbican’s tropical conservatory or catching a gritty documentary at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Like what you see? Here are the best art exhibitions on in London right now.

Go for a bike ride
Photograph: Shutterstock

8. Go for a bike ride

Take your old wheels out for a spin, lunchbox in tow, for a nostalgic whizz around the city. Try one of these particularly scenic bike routes in London and take in the city’s riverside landmarks from Battersea to Greenwich or go for a looping whizz around Hyde Park. Feeling a bit more adventurous? Take a wheely good route out of the city, such as the one that takes you out of London to the much-loved Brighton seaside. 

Prefer keeping your feet on the floor? Here are our favourite walks in and around London

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