Scroll through our round up of the best things to do in London on a Sunday and find something joyful and new to soak up the fun this Sunday - because the Easter weekend might be over but that doesn't mean the fun is too.
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 will help you fill up your day - whether you're looking for a way to keep the kids entertained or just want to make the most of knowing that an extra day off is to follow.
From a free exhibition at a plethora of galleries across the city and brunch at one it's most iconic stores to ambling round a market or swapping pre-loved clothes in Earls Court.
Enjoy, we certainly will!
The Fair Fashion Fair will be popping up at Refettorio Felix in Earls Court this weekend for a charity clothes swap. Bring your unwanted clothes and trade can trade them for other pre-loved garms. Or, if you can't face parting with any elements of your wardrobe, just purchase some tokens and use them to buy clothes instead. There will be food, too, so it promises to be a joyous event.
The Capital has a plethora of brilliant art galleries and spaces and best of all? Lots of them are free.
Visit the David Jarman: ‘Shadow Is the Queen of Colour’ in Soho to check out the collection of delicately rough sculptural paintings, or pop to the Tate Modern for the (on until 14th July).
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.
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.
Seven Dials is the shopping destination to head for thanks to its choice shops and delicious eateries. Try Monmouth Kitchen for a relaxed, mouth-watering lunch of small plates and visit Laura Lee Jewellery to pick up a bespoke necklace.
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.
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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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
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.
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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
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;
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.
The classic date night isn’t just for loved up couples. Grab all your friends and head to the comfort of the Curzon in Chelsea for Sunday afternoon viewings of the month’s best films, from the likes of Hail, Caesar! and High-Rise, in the surroundings of the old theatre.
While dinner afterwards is taken at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Another member of London’s iconic restaurant, The Ivy, this one comes with a picturesque garden, filled with a fire pit and a million twinkling fairy lights come night. Sip on a glass of fresh fizz, tuck into a shepherd's pie and make sure you order the truffle and parmesan fries as a side.
The Chelsea Sunday Lupper Club is £18.75, with dinner taken from 7pm onwards. For more information visit .
Hailed as the 'new Bicester Village' and located in Homerton, Hackney, it's a million miles from the usual shopping districts of the West End. The fashion-savvy among you may have already heard of the Burberry, Aquascutum and Anya Hindmarch stores that have resided there for a few years now, but with the new additions of a huge Nike, Joseph, Gieves and Hawkes and MATCHESFASHION.COM last week; the retail strip has cemented it's place firmly on the fashion radar. For Matches Fashion, this is the first ever outlet version, with huge discounts on designer brands like Saint Laurent and Erdem.
Be sure to pop into across the road, founded by top chef Magnus Reid with an ever-changing seasonal menu. We recommend the French toast covered in berries and crème fraîche or the crumbed Burrata, topped off with a glass of their locally distilled Prosecco spritz.
Hackney Walk, Homerton, Hackney, E9