Today I want to share my guide to how to spend a perfect Sunday in London. If you want to enjoy a great weekend day in the UK capital, read on for my top picks for things to do here.

Sunday in London

Sunday in London

It’s a quiet morning at London’s Columbia Road Flower Market. The traders have finished setting up their stalls and the blossoms are warming in the morning sun.

Most shops have yet to open, but the scent of coffee drifts from a cafe window. I wander the street, taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the calm. This is how I start my perfect Sunday in London.

Columbia Road Flower Market

I like getting to the Columbia Road Flower Market around 9am to enjoy the peace before the crowds descend. It’s easy to walk around, take pictures, get a bite, and buy some blooms, and it sets me up for a day of exploration.

Columbia Road Flower Market

As the market comes to life, I head into the courtyards behind it to browse the vintage wares and food stalls. I walk down little lanes and duck my head into passageways, taking in the colors and sounds as I go.

Columbia Road Flower Market


And when the throngs materialize, I make my way back out before I get lost in the chaos. From Columbia Road it’s a short walk to Spitalfields, where the markets make it another perfect place to spend a Sunday in London.

Street in Spitalfields, London

Brick Lane is alive with more markets than I’ve ever seen, each one specializing in something unique. From world food to vintage treasures, there’s enough to keep me entertained for an entire Sunday morning.

Meringues at Brick Lane Market, London

And that’s to say nothing of Old Spitalfields Market, where there’s always something new. From the stalls that fill the covered space to the restaurants lining it, the offerings get better all the time.

I stop here for lunch at one of the many food vendors, savoring oysters one Sunday and tacos the next. If I have time, I follow the route of my self-guided Spitalfields walk. It’s one of my favorite London walks on Sunday.

Spitalfields, London


From Spitalfields I walk to Moorgate station and take the Northern line up to Hampstead. This village is my favorite place in the city, and no perfect Sunday in London would be complete without a visit.

Door in Hampstead, London

I start on Hampstead High Street and Heath Street, walking up and down and ducking into the lanes in between. Then I’m off to Flask Walk, where there are always antiques and flowers spilling out into the alley.

It’s a straight walk from here to Hampstead Heath, one of London’s largest and wildest parks. With walking paths and amazing views, it’s the ideal place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in London.

Hampstead Heath, London

I walk around for as long as I have energy, then head north to the Hill Garden and Pergola. This secret garden is one of the prettiest places in London, what with its raised walkways and columns hugged by vines.

Pergola Garden, Hampstead, London

After taking in the garden and reflecting pool, I meander back into Hampstead village. If it’s evening when I arrive, I stop at one of the restaurants or pubs in Hampstead for dinner. If not, I hop on the tube and head home.

Perfect Sunday in London

Either way, it’s been a perfect Sunday in London. I hope you feel the same way if you get a chance to follow in my footsteps.

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8 Comments on Lady’s Guide to How to Have a Perfect Sunday in London

  1. I guess London is covering under some snow flakes, any place you recommend to take a good photo “snow London’ tomorrow?

  2. Just finalized my first trip to London in May 2018! Staying in Covent Garden for a week, hoping we can see as many things as we can cram into 6 days

  3. Wonderful! I was checking if it was a good idea to add Hampstead on my Sunday trip and you gave me the answer!
    Your blog is very nice and I’m drawing idea for my trip in London! Thank you!

  4. Hampstead is by far my favorite walk in London. I am biased because I lived there and West Hampstead from 2001-2004. I love that little Flask Walk area.

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