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17 Chilled Out Methods for Spending a Sunday in London

By Emily Retter (25 Mar 14)
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Through heavy lashes you notice flickering sunshine, like Tinkerbell, on the white bedroom wall. The chinking sound of a teaspoon on china cups floats up the stairs. You realise, slowly, the alarm is mute.

What's more, although your parched throat brings back hazy memories of the night before, your bones don't feel mind-achingly tired. The news dawns quickly, like sunrise through mist: This is Sunday.

And, more importantly, this is Sunday in London. The day when, once pyjamas are stowed, the capital unfurls like a giant playground.

A Sunday in London is unrivalled. Our collective pace changes. On mass, Londoners breathe a sigh of relief. Activities designed purely for our pleasure spring open across the tube map.

There's no rush to get to them and there's no rush to get home. They're just there, nestling like chocolates in a Thornton's Classic Collection box.

Here's a few of the best things to do on a Sunday in London. Please consume at your will.

The brunches. Take your pick from the Georgian surroundings of Soho's Dean Street Townhouse, the genteel walls of the Tea House Theatre on the site of the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Bombay-style brunch at one of the capital's Dishoom, or a proper greasy, bacon and egg butty (followed by a stroll along the Thames) at Canteen Royal Festival Hall.

Then we graze onwards to lunch. Sometimes you'll want to cook one yourself, and for that there's London's plethora of food markets, such as Alexandra Palace Farmers' Market off Muswell Hill, or Marylebone Farmers' Market.

Or take Sunday as your opportunity to learn to bake. Take breadmaking classes in Hackney's Bakehouse, or a wine-fuelled cookery course at Jamie Oliver's Recipease in Clapham.

But this is play day after all, and there are Sunday roasts to buy aplenty. Try Hawksmoor for a treat, with rump of Longhorn blushing cheerily from the depths of an enormous Yorkshire.

If you're feeling boozy, House of Wolf in Islington provides unlimited Bloody Mary's or Prosecco alongside your meal.

And for something different, there's Hakkasan's Dim Sum Sundays.

The mind and soul need feeding too, and for that, novelties abound. London is an urban jungle, after all, and it's easy to take a walk on the wildside.

If you happen to be vintage shopping on Brick Lane, take a sidestep over to

Spitalfield's City Farm. On Sunday April 6th you can even watch the Oxford and Cambridge Goat Race.

And if that doesn't sound enough of a walk in the park, you could do just that, with a dog. Don't have your own canine? Fear not. Borrowmydog puts dog lovers in touch with owners who need help with walkies, or you can volunteer at Battersea Dogs Home and get trotting with man's best friend across Battersea Park (no cat walking available as yet).

Your Sunday also needs a soundtrack, and Skylounge, the rooftop bar at the Hilton in east London is happy to oblige, with its Sunday sessions – a trio playing gentle live jazz and soul as you gaze across the city's skyline and sip its Kracken rum-based Sunday special cocktails.

Want to combine it all? Pay £30 and head to Cecil Sharp House near Camden Town for Sunday Papers Live (pictured above). Watch the day's broadsheets brought to life, dine on a ‘long table' roast, check out the Bloody Mary bar, and allow staff to take you on tours of the nearby parks and waterways. Just take slippers – and a smoking jacket. But being Sunday, you'll be wearing that anyway.

If you've got something equally fun planned for your upcoming Sunday, share it in the comments box below.

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