Five of the Best Things to Do in London on a Lazy Sunday

Scratching your head for what to do this weekend? From cocktails and tea, to watching other people run, we’ve picked out a handful of the best things to do in London on a lazy Sunday...

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Sunday Cocktails on Boundary Rooftop

Having opened on March 30, the rooftop at Boundary hasn’t yet had much of an airing this spring. However this Sunday might be different – and after a morning’s jaunt round nearby Spitalfields or Colombia Road flower market, it’s the perfect place to settle in with a decent cocktail. The weather forecast is, we’ll be honest, not the best. But you can see if it’s a little early in the year to head down there by keeping up with the very thoughtful Rooftop feed they provide on Twitter: @boundaryrooftop.

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2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E2 7DD: Theboundary.co.uk/rooftop.

Read our full Boundary review

The Body Adorned: Dressing London – Horniman Museum

The Body Adorned exhibition at the Horniman asks that most fundamental of fashion questions: why do we wear what we wear? The exhibition explores the relationship between worldwide sartorial decisions through the ages, and the impact that’s had on your average style-savvy Londoner. Down in Forest Hill, it can easily be followed up by a Spanish-style Sunday lunch at ELLEuk favourite Angels & Gypsies in Camberwell.

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Horniman Museum: 100 London Rd, London, SE23 3PQ: Horniman.ac.uk.

Venn Street Market

Markets, of all our favourite things to do in London on a Sunday, have got to be right up there. If this Clapham market, traditionally only open on Saturdays but now branching out to Sundays, is just a little too child-friendly (read: noisy and full of little people running around) for first thing on a Sunday morning, the organic food traders, arts and crafts and variety of house plants on offer more than make up for it. Afterwards, you can take your fruit and veg and make a beeline for a Sunday session at The Rookery. Perfect.

Venn St, SW4 0AT: Vennstreetmarket.co.uk.

Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at Sanctum Soho

If the weather is terrible this weekend (and there’s always a fair chance that it will be), we’ve got the perfect solution – afternoon tea. But where? The Dorchester have a good one coming up to celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show and The Berkeley have a nicely Regal, Diamond Jubilee-inspired twist on their Pret-a-Portea tea (complete with Princess Beatrice fascinator…) But neither of those start until May.

So before that? The gentlemen’s afternoon tea at Sanctum Soho is a good bet. It’s afternoon tea, but with beef and horseradish sandwiches and Jack Daniels and a cigar instead of daintiness, femininity and the consequent squabbling with the other half before you set off. Plus, it’s great for seeing off the hangover of the night before, too…

Read our full Sanctum Soho review

Or see our picks of the best places for afternoon tea in London

Watch Other People Run – Greenwich Park

If, in the grand scheme of things, watching other people exercise is lazy, then watching 30,000 people set off on a 26-mile slog around London this Sunday (or the London Marathon, as it’s otherwise known) is just about as lazy as it gets. Obviously no one in their right minds would want to watch the whole thing, but it’s as good an excuse as any to climb up to the top of Greenwich Park on a Sunday morning to admire the fab views out across the city.

Afterwards, you can hop on the tube, and a couple of stops later be on Bermondsey High Street, where a trio of our favourite London restaurants await, Pizarro, Jose and Zucca.

Like our pick of things to do on Sunday in London? Check out our pick of things to do in London in the spring sunshine. (On the off-chance it shows its face this weekend…) Or see our full London guide.

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