Sundays have come a long way since the times when everything was shut and you were left up to your own devices to entertain yourself. For a long time now, things are business as usual on Sundays in London. Shops will open a bit later, but overall it’s not too much different from any day, so get out and explore!
Interestingly enough, there are a few things you can only do on a Sunday in London so you might want to consider scheduling those around your to-do list.
Sunday Markets In London
From farmer markets to food markets and flea markets: Sunday definitely has its share, but remember most of those are open on other days, so they’re not Sunday specials. If you want to keep it more unique to Sunday head to Colombia Flower Market, which is only open on Sunday and is great for a stroll on a Sunday morning followed by a cup of coffee and a homemade cake at the nearby Lily Vanilli Bakery.
Museums Are Open On Sundays
The capital has more than enough museums to keep you culturally busy on a Sunday in London. From Tate Modern to the Natural History Museum and National Gallery. If you want something different or smaller, consider exploring the Wellcome Collection, Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret or Guildhall, which all offer unique takes on a museum experience and will definitely result in a memorable Sunday.
London Art Galleries To Visit On A Sunday
Alternatively, art galleries can be fun to delve into and be inspired by on your Sunday. There are the bigger ones such as Saatchi Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts, but the White Cube and the Photographers Gallery often have some quirky exhibitions going on as well, which may surprise and inspire.
Visit A Church On A Sunday
We’re not talking a full on service here, but more a chance to appreciate stained glass windows, sculptures and more. Go to St Paul’s or Westminster, or opt for some of the smaller ones like Old St Pancras Church or St Bride Church.
Parks In London
If you’re looking to stretch your legs Sunday, why not stroll around one of the many parks? Combine Hyde Park with the Serpentine Gallery or head to Hampstead Heath and visit Kenwood House while you’re there. A bit further out, Richmond Park is perfect mixed with a River Thames walk with all the cafes to indulge in too.
Going to A Historic House On Sunday
It’s true that most of the mansions and historic houses are outside Central London, but if you don’t want to travel beyond Zone 2 check out Sambourne House, Sir John Soane Museum, or Apsley House for some beautiful interiors that you’ll easily get lost in.
Sunday Walks & Hikes In London
If you want more than a stroll, put on your walking shoes and take in a longer walk or hike in and around London. There’s a lot to choose from, but you can find an overview of the Green Chain walks here and an overview of walks on the Blackfriars to Sevenoaks train line here.
Sunday Roast In London
Whichever of the above you choose, make sure to combine it with a good old Sunday Roast at a pub or restaurant to recharge your batteries and give your taste buds some appreciation too. You often do have to book ahead so make sure to do that to avoid disappointment.