Free Things to Do in London on Sundays

  • 01 of 09

    Plenty of Frugal Fun Available On The Weekend

    Brick Lane Market
    ••• Brick Lane Market. Oliver Strewe / Getty Images

    Sunday is traditionally a day of rest but there is still plenty to do in London on this quiet day of the week.

    Most shops do open but they operate 'Sunday Trading Hours' which restricts the time they can be open to just six hours. You could go browsing at one of London's street markets but to keep things free what else could you do in London on a Sunday? Click through for ideas to make your weekends more interesting.

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  • 02 of 09

    Speaker's Corner

    Speaker's Corner
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    Enjoy free speech at Hyde Park, near Marble Arch, on Sundays. Find out more about Speaker's Corner.

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  • 03 of 09


    ••• Mudlarking in the Docklands. © Laura Porter, licensed to, Inc.

    Check the tide tables first and then enjoy exploring the foreshore of The Thames. Find out more about Mudlarking.

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  • 04 of 09

    Church Service

    St. Pauls Cathedral
    ••• Mass at St. Pauls Cathedral. Oli Scarff / Getty Images

    If ever there was a best day to visit a church, Sunday is the day so consider attending a service at St Paul's Cathedral or Westminster Abbey. If you go to St Paul's you could also visit the roof terrace at One New Change for free and enjoy the views of the cathedral dome.

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  • 05 of 09

    Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Little Venice
    ••• Little Venice. Mark Mawson / Getty Images

    Take a walk and see a new neighborhood with one of the many downloadable walking tours. The Sweeney Todd walk in east London is a good introduction to the gruesome tale.

    If you'd prefer to leave the technology at home try the Street Art Walking Tour which can be printed out or the Little Venice to Camden Regent's Canal Walk which is an incredibly peaceful way to see London.

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  • 06 of 09


    Natural History Museum
    ••• Natural History Museum. Feargus Cooney / Getty Images

    This might seem like an obvious idea on a Sunday in London so try somewhere different like the Horniman Museum in south London. Or enjoy the Museum of London and stop by Postman's Park too.

    If you're happy with the crowds head to South Kensington for the big three museums which can get incredibly busy at the weekend. The Natural History Museum has the longest queues but check the second entrance on Exhibition Road. The V&A can be a bit calmer and the Science Museum is generally less crowded above the ground floor.

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  • 07 of 09

    Changing of the Guard

    Changing of the Guard
    ••• Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Frank Whitney / Getty Images

    Check the schedule and then see the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace. This article helps with How To Identify The Foot Guards at Buckingham Palace.

    If you're in the area later head to Horse Guard's Parade for the daily Four O'Clock Parade.

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  • 08 of 09

    Enjoy The Outdoors

    Primrose Hill
    ••• Primrose Hill. Warrick Page / Getty Images

    London is an incredibly green city so enjoy London gardens such as Kensington Roof Gardens, or one of the royal parks such as St James's Park.

    In north London, you can enjoy the views from Primrose Hill or the sprawling Hampstead Heath, or head southwest for Kew Gardens.

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  • 09 of 09


    South Bank
    ••• South Bank Centre and 'Appearing Rooms' Fountains. Rob Stothard / Getty Images

    A popular choice with Londoners and visitors, a walk along the South Bank is always a good idea. There's plenty to see along the way from the Southbank Centre to Tate Modern and if the weather turns damp head into the BFI Mediatheque to watch some of the British Film Institute's archives for free.