Things To Do In London On A Sunday

Last Updated 14 May 2024

Things To Do In London On A Sunday
Exterior of Croydon Airport building with a De Havilland Heron plane on display on stilts out the front
Croydon Airport Visitor Centre opens one Sunday a month. Photo: Matt Brown/ Londonist

Looking for things to do in London on Sunday? We've compiled a guide to things that happen in the capital on a Sunday, so you can find something to keep you busy, whoever you're with and whatever your budget. Take a look at our weekend guide for events happening this weekend specifically.

SUNDAY ROAST: Is it even Sunday if you're not tucking into roast beef/chicken/lamb/nut roast, drowned in gravy and flanked by all manner of veggies, plus crispy spuds and a Yorkshire pudding? If that's got your mouth watering, take a look at our guide to the best Sunday roasts in London and get booking. We've also compiled a list of the best veggie and vegan roasts.

Gravy being poured over a roast
Sunday is roast dinner day in London. Image: Londonist

COLUMBIA ROAD FLOWER MARKET: Famously, the Columbia Road Flower Market opens every Sunday, with traders lining both sides of the street, selling all manner of blooms and greenery. The street's permanent shops open on Sundays too (for some of them, it's their only trading day) peddling plant pots, gifts and vintage clothes. Things kick off early, from around 8am, and wind down by early afternoon. Oh, and it can get VERY busy, particularly in the summer. Every Sunday

IMPROV COMEDY: Every Sunday evening, the renowned Comedy Store Players switch on their lightning fast brains, and perform an improv show. You, the audience, provide suggestions for characters, locations and themes — and they improvise hilarious scenes in front of you. It's a classic night of London comedy. Age 18+. Every Sunday

CRYSTAL PALACE MUSEUM: Sunday's the only day of the week that Crystal Palace Museum opens to the public. Its exhibits focus specifically on the Crystal Palace which gave the area its name, both in its original incarnation in Hyde Park, and later in Sydenham. Large-scale models, and remnants from the original building feature. (They also do guided tours on the first Sunday of every month throughout the summer.) Every Sunday

Stallholders working on a colourful flower stall at Columbia Road Flower Market
Up early on a Sunday? Visit Columbia Road Flower Market. Photo: Shutterstock

SUNDAY CONCERTS: Conway Hall's Sunday Concerts claim to be the longest running chamber music concert series in Europe, having started in the 1880s with the aim of making classical music affordable for all. They take place early evening, most Sundays of the year. Alternatively, Wigmore Hall in Marylebone hosts concerts every Sunday morning, which include a glass of sherry, should the mood take you. Every Sunday

VINTAGE AND CRAFT MARKET: Eade Road Market at New River Studios in north London is open once a week from 12pm-5pm, selling vintage clothes and jewellery, vinyl and tapes — as well as various other crafts and produce from local artisans. Throw in a bar and pizza for refreshment, and you've got yourself a smashing Sunday afternoon — especially if the weather's playing ball for a wander around the nearby Woodberry Wetlands. Every Sunday

BARBICAN CONSERVATORY: A brutalist-loving plant parent's wet dream, the Barbican Conservatory is open every Sunday between 11am-7pm. Owing to its immense popularity these days, you'll need to book a slot.

Plants spilling over concrete shelves in a tropical conservatory
Book a slot to visit the Barbican Conservatory. Image: Londonist

CROYDON AIRPORT: Take a guided tour of London's first international airport at the monthly Croydon Airport Visitor Centre open day. The museum is located in the former airport terminal building and air traffic control tower, decked out with various aeronautical paraphernalia, such as original passenger seats dating back to the 1930s. Book ahead — it usually sells out. First Sunday of the month

ANTIQUES FAIRS: For over 50 years, a regular antiques fair has been running at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster. These days, Adams Antiques Fair brings in around 120 exhibitors each month, travelling from all over the UK (and sometimes beyond) selling collectables, decorative items, jewellery and the like. Worth getting there early if you're keen to be among the first in — a queue normally forms well before the venue opens at 10am. One Sunday a month

CHEESE MARKET: Chiswick gets its name from cheese: literally, 'the settlement of cheese'. So it's a rather apt place to hold a monthly specialist cheese market, bringing together producers from all over the UK, along with stalls selling chutneys, breads, crackers... basically, everything you need to elevate your cheesy experience. Find it at Old Market Place on Chiswick High Road. One Sunday a month

ST AUGUSTINE'S TOWER: Give your calf muscles a workout by climbing St Augustine's Tower in Hackney. The church building opens one Sunday a month, offering access to its rooftop viewpoint. Alternatively, browse the ground floor exhibition, where you'll find a VR panorama of the view from the top, no climbing required. Last Sunday of the month

WHITEWEBBS: By our estimations, the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport is the most northerly museum in London, and well worth the journey up to Enfield. Every room is filled with exhibits relating to all manner of transport, from model aeroplanes to bicycles, to vintage fire engines parked out in the yard. Oh, and if they ask if you want to see the well? Just say yes. Last Sunday of the month

MARKFIELD BEAM ENGINE MUSEUM: The now-defunct Markfield Beam Engine, dating from Victorian times, still stands in its engine house in a quiet park just off the A10, and can be visited on Sundays and bank holidays — check the calendar for 'steaming days' if you want to see it in action. Open a couple of Sundays a month, check website for details

CLASSICAL COFFEE MORNINGS: Start your Sunday in style at one of the Royal Albert Hall's Classical Coffee Mornings. Talented musicians from the neighbouring Royal College of Music perform classical pieces in the hall's Elgar Room, while you enjoy a hot drink and pastry — included in your ticket. Occasional Sundays

A small cinema room with red seats
Some Firmdale Film Club screenings take place on Sundays.

FILM CLUB: The Firmdale chain of hotels offers a regular Film Club, taking place in private screening rooms at several venues around town, often with the chance to add a meal or glass of champagne to your ticket. Sunday screenings tend to take place at the Soho Hotel or Charlotte Street Hotel and span both new releases and cinematic classics. Occasional Sundays

VISIT A WINDMILL: Windmills aren't an obvious choice for a day out in London, but there are a few to visit if you know where to look. Shirley Windmill in Croydon opens roughly one Sunday a month between spring and autumn, offering hour-long guided tours. Likewise, Upminster Windmill on London's easterly edge runs public open days (Saturdays and Sundays, monthly) when the visitor centre, grounds and garden are open to the public — and the sails are put into action if wind conditions are right. Brixton Windmill opens the second weekend of the month during the summer, also offering tours.