How to have the perfect Sunday in London

Make the most of a Sunday in London by mooching around weekend markets, feasting on the best Sunday roasts and exploring pretty canals.

Start the day with brunch

Relax into Sunday morning with a leisurely brunch in pretty surroundings. Sip on pink lattes and nibble on vegan cakes at Palm Vaults, one of London’s most Instagram-worthy cafes. Or feast on brunch classics from poached eggs to pancakes in the plant-filled conservatory at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings.

Alternatively, put on your best dancing shoes and head to Hip Hop Brunch. Enjoy bottomless cocktails as you listen to classic tracks and chow down on a 3-course meal featuring southern staples like fried chicken.

Hit the Sunday markets

London's Sunday markets are worth getting out of bed for. Pick up some beautiful blooms at Columbia Road Flower Market and find bargains galore at Brick Lane Market, where stalls sell everything from food to vintage clothes, crafts to furniture

Foodies can tuck into delicious street food at Maltby Street Market, where popular bites include Bad Brownie’s decadent treats and gourmet sandwiches from Sub Cult.

Explore London's waterways

Sundays are a great day for exploring some of London's beautiful waterways. Try stand up paddleboarding for a unique view of the pretty canals around Paddington.

If you prefer your feet firmly on dry land, take a stroll strong along the Regent’s Canal between Little Venice and Camden Town, with plenty of opportunities for pit stops at waterside pubs and cafes on the way. 

Settle down to Sunday lunch

Enjoy the British ritual of a Sunday roast. For the ultimate traditional experience try Simpson’s in the Strand, where carvers wheel trolleys to the table and slice sumptuous pieces of beef onto your plate. For a more casual affair, snuggle up beside log fires and tuck into Sunday lunch after a ramble on Hampstead Heath at The Holly Bush.

Alternatively, while away a Sunday afternoon by munching on dim sum. Stuff yourself with unlimited dim sum at one of London's Ping Pong restaurants or savour the special Sunday menu at fine-dining restaurant Hakkasan.

See a show

Make the most of London's lively entertainment scene  laugh out loud at The Comedy Store, dance to live music until the early hours at The Blues Kitchen, nestle into a comfy armchair as you watch a film at the Electric Cinema, or head to the West End for a Sunday matinee of a top show such as The Lion King or Matilda

Find more weekend inspiration with our guides to Saturdays in London, the capital's best brunch spots and the top Sunday markets.