The weekend doesn't have to end first thing on a Sunday, in fact, it's one of our favourite days of the week, which is why we've uncovered some of the best things to do in London on a Sunday.
So if you're looking to add more to your to-do list than cosying up with Netflix or carrying out your weekly food shop, then our guide to the capital can help to ease those back to work blues.
If food is your thing, then book in for dinner and a movie night at the Ivy Garden in Chelsea, take a stroll down Maltby Street Market and dine on Dim Sum at Hakkasan Hanway Place.
To make the most of the great outdoors, jump on a barge and sail down Regent's Canal, take your favourite book up to Primrose Hill or join the Inner London Ramblers for creative new walks around the city,
You've just gained a whole extra day to your weekend.
This annual celebration in Trafalgar Square marks the Festival of Lights with loads of food, music, activities and fun. The live line-up will include both traditional religious performances and contemporary Asian music and dance. Plus there will be market stalls selling all sorts of things from vegetarian Southeast Asian food, crafts and artwork as well as various workshops.
The celebrations start at 1pm and entrance is free. For more info visit
Home to Little Bird Gin, the seriously cool Lassco, which houses beautiful reclaimed furniture and a seasonal dining room and a whole array of delicious street food stalls.
Expect to dine on the likes of waffles topped with fried chicken, pulled pork buns and the best fish finger sandwiches you'll ever eat.
An event for all the family to enjoy (and dress up for) this spooky fair will include an arts and crafts market for adults to browse while their little ones explore Wild Fangs Cave and the spooky goings on inside!
The event starts at 10am and finishes at 5.30pm, for more details visit .
Pierre Huyghe, one of the world’s leading artists, known for creating complex immersive ecosystems, presents a major new exhibition at the Serpentine. For the exhibition, the Gallery has become a porous and contingent environment, housing different forms of cognition, emerging intelligence, biological reproduction and instinctual behaviours.
Pair this visit with a meander around Hyde Park, a row on the boating lake or a picnic (weather permitting, obviously).
Daily 10am-6pm, on until Sunday 10th Feb. More info:
Spend a lazy weekend listening to music by one of the UK’s most promising operatic talents from the London opera scene at the iconic Royal Albert Hall. The tunes will be accompanied by delicious treats in the Hall’s beautiful Verdi restaurant, from homemade scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam to cakes and sandwiches. It promises to be an afternoon of indulgent treats and acoustic delights, we like to follow ours with a meander up to Hyde Park afterwards to feed the ducks and take in the greenery. Afternoon tea services runs from 2.00pm – 4:30pm and tickets can bought for £30 per person or £40 per person for the champagne afternoon tea. Tickets can booked via the .
Lie in a little and then treat yourself to a long, slow morning in a coffee shop. Take a good book or even better company and indulge in the Scandi tradition of Fika.
Nibble on a cinnamon bun (or two) as you sip the specialty filter coffee of the day and don’t forget to pick up a bag of beans to take home. Try the for their authentic Scandi bakes, for their sinfully sweet buns or for their unrivaled coffee.
One of the best ways to get to know the city is by walking it. And thanks to Innder London Ramblers, you can embark on urban hikes with the likes of the Metropolitan Walkers, Captial Walkers and London Strollers of up to 10 miles.
Sister restaurant to iconic London venue The Ivy, Le Caprice is deserved of a visit on any day of the week owing to its characteristically refined atmosphere and impressive menu, teeming with European classics.
But on the last Sunday of every month, there's an extra reason to head to St James's - their outrageously popular Jazz Sessions, starring some of the most talented jazz artists in the world. From Miss 600 to James Tormé and Anoushka Lucas, a bevy of well known jazz artists play to a discerning crowd as they enjoy a seasonal menu from Head Chef Andrew Mclay and an array of Martell cocktails. The ideal way to settle into Sunday evening and stave off the Monday blues.
Dinner and performances at 7pm and 9.15pm. Pre-booking essential - ; no charge for the jazz. Le Caprice, Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RJ. 02076292239
We can't thinking of anything better than meandering around the beautiful wooden floors of the iconic Liberty London before slipping into a blue velvet booth for afternoon tea at Arthur's.
Liberty's art Deco-inspired restaurant offers an afternoon tea of warm plain & cranberry scones, strawberry jam, Cornish clotted cream and a selection of coffee and tea.
If the high-end furnishings and designer dresses has you feeling in the mood for something a little more upmarket, then upgrade to the Tattinger afternoon tea.
Arthur's don't take reservations but head to the restaurant before you look around the shop to get an idea of waiting times – we've never had to wait longer than 15 minutes.
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One of the West End's most famous Michelin starred restaurants, Hakkasan Hanway Place celebrates an ancient Chinese culinary ritual with its legendary Dim Sum Sundays. An inventive alternative to the traditional Sunday roast, the weekly event encourages guests to gather together, celebrating rest and conversation while providing some seriously special sustenance.
The extensive menu's highlights include a moreish crispy duck salad, Chinese chive dumplings with prawns and crabmeat, crispy smoked duck and pumpkin puffs and grilled Chilean sea bass.
£58 per person. 8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD
If you're looking for something to do with a group of friends or family this Sunday then check out, Central London’s newest hotspot, at the Bloomsbury Hotel. To celebrate Summer they've just launched an exclusive English Sparkling Wine tastings on their secret outdoor space – The Coral Garden.
The bar offers one of the most extensive English Sparkling Wine menus in the country, championing local English wine producers. During the tasting, you'll will learn about and sample six different sparkling wines, handpicked by the bars award-winning Master of Wine, Anne McHale.
The private tastings last 1.5 hours and then you can head inside to continue your Sunday in the beautiful Coral Room itself, complete with bespoke furniture, palm trees, Murano glass chandeliers and a collection of original pieces of art by British illustrator of the moment
English Sparkling Wine Flights in The Coral Garden can be booked for between 8 – 20 guests at £40.00 per person. For more information please visit: and to book, please email:
The eerie finality of stuffy ancient mummies and creepy feats of taxidermy on display at this curious museum stand in stark contrast to its bustling aquarium, which houses rare creatures and bright coral from across the globe. Few other places can boast that they’re home to such incongruous examples of life and death – the contrast is inspiring, unpredictable and utterly exhilarating.
Open from 8am until sunset, this charming Victorian relic is skirted by pretty grounds ideal for a picnic on a hazy summer afternoon. When you've had your fill of ancient African artefacts, antiquated musical instruments and extraordinary anthropological displays, grab a drink from the pretty cafe and retire to the garden for a moment of quiet reflection.
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 8am – sunset. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free. There's a charge for the Aquarium. 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ. 020 8699 1872
A gathering of vintage traders and artisan food sellers have transformed this historic arcade into a hub of cutting-edge cookery and creativity, where tiny establishments with big names (try Honest Burgers and Agile Rabbit) mingle with fresh produce stalls.
Just a few minutes' walk from Brixton tube station, Brixton Village and its companion arcade Market Row house scores of shops and stalls offering world foods from 8am to 11.30pm every day. On a Sunday, you can sample delicacies from India, East Asia, Africa, South America or the Caribbean for brunch before heading over to Brixton Farmer's Market for colourful supper ingredients.
Every Sunday 10am - 2pm. For more information on Brixton Village, go to:
Sheer, floaty, and ethereal, the 50s-style appliqué skirts and 30s day dresses are good value, but it's the flapper dresses that are the star attraction. With a great selection of accessories, too, including parasols, fur hats and shoes from the 1920s, it’s a treasure trove of vintage clothes.
Annies, 12 Camden Passage, N1 8ED. 020 7359 0796
Ok it might be a little chilly at the moment, but come summer the last thing you’ll want to do over the weekend is spend your time indoors. Instead, make for an open-air cinema. The Rooftop Film Club is one of our favourites, screening a variety of popular and classic films from Back to the Future to The Notebook.
So enjoy the comfy seats, wireless headphones and the city's skyline in all its glory at this all-round crowd pleasing spot. And if it rains (because let’s face facts, the British summer is never conventional) don’t panic – the show still goes on.
Tickets start from £14. Check the latest program and get more information at
One of London’s most visually appealing markets, Columbia Road overflows with buckets of colourful and fragrant flowers every Sunday. Running from the crack of dawn until 2pm, give your garden some TLC with the vast selection of flowers, bulbs, herbs, shrubs and bedding plants on offer.
Alongside the Sunday market, this East London road is also a treasure trove of interiors shops, including Rob Ryan’s Ryantown and Elphicks gallery, while it's also home to the bakery of cake-maker-to-the-stars Lily Vanilli.
Turn up as things start to wind down at around 2pm for the best bargains, or as early as humanly possible if you want to get the pick of the crop.
Sunday brunch is becoming an increasingly important date in our diary, and there really is no better way to start a lazy weekend. This warehouse-style cafe in Clerkenwell has become one of our favourite brunch spots with its Antipodean twist on the traditional English fry-up.
Fresh flavoured hearty dishes include baked organic eggs with red pepper, chorizo and tomato ragu and the much-lauded corn fritters with spinach, halloumi and poached eggs, alongside Mimosas and rich blends of coffee roasted on the premises.
Throw in the Sunday papers and a perch at a long sharing table overlooking St John’s Square, and you've got one of the best places for brunch in London. The only downside is that you can’t book, so queues are inevitable.
The Workshop, 27 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5RN. 0207 253 5754
Get in the saddle and explore the best of the capital’s parks by paying Hyde Park Stables a visit. From first-time riders to experienced show-jumpers, there’s a session for every skill set, and with five miles of bridleways and even pony riding for the little ones, it’s a great way to explore one of the city’s favourite summer spots.
After your ride, there’s plenty to fill the remainder of your Sunday up, too. Picnic anyone?
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Nothing beats a traditional London afternoon tea – and Claridge's offers one of the capital's best. Beautifully presented and with note-perfect service, there's a good selection of sandwiches, and the buttery apple and currant-studded scones served with Marco Polo jelly and Cornish clotted cream, and picture-perfect cakes are delicious. The extensive list of teas is impressive, too.
Classic afternoon tea at Claridge’s – from £55 per person. Call 020 7107 8872 for reservations. (Or read our review of Claridge’s)
While Sundays traditionally tend to revolve around ways to relax and unwind, it obviously never hurts to take advantage of the free time and use it to enrich your general knowledge. Whether you’re interested in a particular topic or historical period, or just want to learn something new, The British Library has enough to keep your brain ticking.
If you’re planning a visit with the children, then make sure you check out the permanent exhibition fixtures such as the ‘treasures’ of the British Library where you can spot some of the earliest and greatest works of English literature from Shakespeare to Alice in Wonderland.
To find out more and plan your trip to The British Library, go to:
A wonderful contrast to the manicured lawns and flowerbeds to be found elsewhere in the capital, Hampstead Heath feels delightfully rural, despite being in North London. The inspiration behind countless films, books and poems, and stretching across 791 acres of woodland, playing fields, and swimming ponds, it’s the perfect place for a walk, whatever the season.
On a hot summer’s day, try taking a refreshing dip in the Hampstead Ponds followed by a picnic, while children love the dizzying heights of Parliament Hill – perfect for flying kites. Stop off at The Bull and Last pub on Highgate Road to recuperate from your walk and tuck into a traditional Sunday lunch.
With hundreds of red and fallow deer roaming free across the park, get on your bike on a sunny Sunday afternoon and pedal across the beautiful 12-kilometre track.
Starting from the impressive country estate, Ham House, to Roehampton, make the most of the largest of the Royal Parks (which occupies some 2,500 acres) and get out and about.
Housed in the former Bankside Power Station and built by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron, if you’re looking to get your weekend culture fix, then head to the Tate Modern. Overlooking St Paul's Cathedral, take in some contemporary art before strolling up the Thames towards Tower Bridge, stopping off at Jose’s in Bermondsey Street for some of the best Spanish tapas to be had in London.
Serving up small plates of classic dishes such as tortilla, jamon iberico and patatas bravas, on wooden barrels and the pretty tiled bar, all washed down with a beyond-the-obvious list of sherries. It’s the perfect spot to round off the weekend.
Serving up top-notch seasonal fare in a rustic egg shell-blue surrounding, this Islington gastro pub is really rather hard to beat. Winner of a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2010 and run by Nick Gibson and Ben Maschler (son of the restaurant critic Fay Maschler), the contemporary, daily-changing British menu features the likes of crispy lamb with mint sauce, beetroot and pearl barley risotto and black pudding with a fried duck egg.
With an impressive list of ales to choose from, it’s the perfect spot to while away a Sunday afternoon with the papers.
The Drapers Arms; 44 Barnsbury Street, Islington. 020 7619 0348
With a host of tasty seasonal treats, locals and food-loving Londoners make a beeline for this weekend farmers' market in the heart of Marylebone Village to pick up a range of seasonal produce that you just won’t find in the aisles of the supermarket. From a succulent mushroom sandwich from The Mushroom Tale and James Coe’s outstanding beef and lamb, to un-jarred honey-on-the-comb and rich, fudgy chocolate brownie, this is a real weekly highlight for foodies. And when you’re all shopped out, head over to the Nordic Bakery on New Cavendish Street and reward yourself with a sticky cinnamon bun.
Every Sunday 10am – 2pm. To find out more about Marylebone Farmers' Market, go to
Opened in 1820 to provide a link between east and west London, Regent’s Canal became a favourite scenic path in 1968 when it was opened to the public.
The London Waterbus Company, one of the original Regent’s Canal Boat tour operators, offer a lingering journey across a picturesque route from Camden Lock to Little Venice, taking in stunning views of Regent’s Park and even stopping inside London Zoo.
Trained guides will provide commentary along the way, explaining the canal’s colourful history dating back to 1800. At just £11.30 per person for a return journey, it’s a unique and affordable way to see the city from a new angle.
No booking required. Hourly service in summer, half hourly on peak days. Winter weekend service;
If you fancy yourself as the next Paul Hollywood, put your baking skills to the test with a bread making class at Hackney’s E5 Bakehouse. Tucked away in the arches underneath London Fields station in East London, the Sunday classes will have you kneading and proving a pain de campagne, ciabatta, rye loaf, and bagels like a pro.
You'll even learn how to cultivate your own sourdough ‘mother dough’, some of which you can take away and try your hand at growing.
Courses run on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, prices from £120;
Not just strawberries but a- whole- load- of- other- fruit- and- vegetable- picking. It just depends what’s in season. So if you thought fruit & veg picking farms were a myth in London, think again. This farm is located just north of Enfield and has picnic and refreshment areas for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Strawberry picking is a great option for spending some quality time with the kids while doing something different… and fun!
Primrose Hill is a breath of fresh air in notoriously congested and loud London. When you want to unwind on a Sunday with nothing but a good book and a blanket (that’s what Sundays are for after all) then a visit to Primrose Hill is just the ticket.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the capital with spacious hilly grounds overlooking London, Primrose is a popular and unique spot in London. Check it out.
After a busy week/weekend you’ll definitely be in need of some R&R come Sunday morning. A yoga session is ideal for recovering from the previous week, all the while preparing you for the week ahead.
Triyoga yoga caters to yogi’s of all abilities and they have a wide array of class options available. With studios scattered around London in Chelsea, Covent Garden, Camden and Soho, there’s really no excuse to not give it a try.