Monday, January 31, 2011

A Sunday in London.




Say you were visiting London with your love and say you had a day all to yourselves while your brother in law looked after your babies and say it were a Sunday in February and say you wanted to see beautiful things and eat delicious foods and say you were a little tired after an evening at a wonderful girl's party so you wanted to take it easy and wander and stroll, where would you go? What would you see? Where would you eat?

* Tired of London print.

23 comments:

  1. Columbia Road Flower Markets, then a lovely pub lunch and a wander and snuggles and papers in the Reading Room at the Tate Modern. My ideal London Sunday. jealous of you, enjoy!

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  2. Definitely Columbia Road, early as you can bear with coffee to keep you going and making sure to pop into Seamus Ryan's Sunday Shoots for a photograph (the coffee's next door in the little courtyard). Then maybe brunch at Little Georgia on Goldsmith's Row or lunch at Brawn on Columbia Road, depending on how meaty you're feeling. Then perhaps a little wander down the the V&A Museum of Childhood or a stroll around Victoria Park or a poke around the Geffrye Museum. If you can bear to fight your way down Brick Lane, it's worth it for the bagels and antique furniture and then you can turn right off onto Hanbury Street, grab some sustenance at Nude Espresso and wander down to Spitalfields. Then if you still have space you could indulge in dinner at St John's or Moro. Sorry - this seems largely food-based...

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  3. kiss in a busy street somewhere :)

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  4. Go for a coffee at Leila's Shop on Calvert Avenue, wander along Columbia Road and eat at St John (or St John Bread & Wine). Just thinking about it makes me want a Sunday in London... Have a great trip.

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  5. Stoke Newington Church St. It's a little tucked away in North East London, with great shops cafes and pubs. For dinner, try the Fox Reformed. Great food and wine. Enjoy!

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  6. Go to this museum (actually a house): http://www.soane.org/

    Mental, beautiful, and a million artefacts to photograph :)

    Borough Market for raclette and brownies.

    Hampstead Heath for walks and views.

    Have a lovely time though whatever you end up doing :)

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  7. Alas neither the John Soane's museum nor Borough Market is open on a Sunday...

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  8. I found this temporary exhibition at the V&A fascinating - and it's only a fiver: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/photography/shadow-catchers-camera-less-photography/

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  9. Morning coffee and a walk along the Thames.

    A matinee show in the West End.

    Garlic chips from Lolitas chip stand near Paddington station.

    Wandering the used bookstores (Foyles) at the Tottenham Court Rd. tube stop.

    An hour or so absorbing some gorg art in the National Gallery.

    Jealous.

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  10. No idea.

    But I bet it would be excellent.

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  11. Spitalfields Market... lots to see & plenty to eat, so long as you don't mind a lot of people. But there does tend to be less people there in the winter than there is on a nice summer day.

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  12. Mildred's vegetarian restaurant on Lexington Street in Soho. The BEST ever veggie/vegan food possible. And the Sunday-upMarket near Brick Lane is brill too (and right next to Spitalfields market) if you want to see that too! xx

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  13. There's a guy (think he's an accountant by trade) who does renegade sand sculptures along the banks of the Thames on most weekends. He's near the Tate Modern.

    You can't ever go wrong with a stroll along the Thames; there's a used book market underneath one of the bridges. Wish I could be more specific, but I'm a hopeless American who has only been to London twice.

    :-)

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  14. i would stop for a tea and a scone at 'sketch' -- quirky and refined all at once, entirely memorable.

    (sketch.uk.com)

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  15. Definately Columbia Road in the morning, and then Foyles to poke at the books. Then Covent Garden via Snog if you feel like eating frozen yogurt (it was too cold last weekend but it's sooo good!), or go to the British Museum and wander around the galleries, then have fish & chips on Endell Street. Go via Chinatown in the afternoon for cakes from the bakery and find an amazing little place in Soho for dinner - just find one that looks good and wander in, that's the best part!

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  16. If you did happen to take Charmaine's suggestion of Spittlefield Market or Josies of Brick Lane whichare both fantastic ideas, you absolutely have to seek out the most beautiful shop-come-gallery which is very close by but hidden away in a tiny side street. It's called 'Story' and is at 4 Wilkes St, E1 6QF. Here is a link to a review which gives you an idea- I can't find a website I'm afraid:

    http://www.yelp.co.uk/biz/story-london

    (looking at your photos I suspect you might keel over with joy when you step inside). It smells heavenly and makes my heart race. The review says it's only open from 1pm on a Sunday I've found their number you could call them to check: Tel: 020 7377 0313

    I've just moved out of London but this makes me want to go back. Enjoy...

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  17. You could come to me. :)

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  18. Tate Modern.
    Serpentine Gallery.
    And eat/drink at Vinoteca in Smithfield www.vinoteca.co.uk

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  19. Columbia Road Flower Market is lovely, the flowers are finally starting to be worth the visit and not expensive plus worth lots of photos - it starts at 8am but they start selling bunches off really cheaply as it closes about 1-2pm. Rob Ryan's shop down there is worth wide eyes.

    The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize is currently on until the 20th at the National Portrait Gallery so I'd do that, it's awesome http://www.npg.org.uk:8080/photoprize/site10/index.php

    We love doing a London Walk whenever we can - they're done by actors and are so entertaining, they show you little hidden parts of London and amazing stories, and often the majority are taken by Londoners rather than tourists http://www.walks.com/London_Walks_Home/Sundays_Walks/default.aspx - Old Hampstead Village on a Sunday at 10am is one of our favourites (it's beautiful, hidden, and taken by David - he's the best). I think it's about £6 for a few hours.

    Otherwise just walk and walk. Every corner seems to hold something new and wonderful.

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  20. I back up the Spitalfields Market/Brick Lane suggestion- the 'up-market' has stupendously epic choices of food, like Tibetan and Cuban amongst other things. Nom.
    Is nae Glasgow, hen!

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  21. or get a late minute fabulous hotel room and have some fun?!

    (sorry if that sounds too pervy?!)

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  22. When I was lucky enough to live in London, my [nearly] every Sunday was spent at Spitalfields.

    Supermegafantastique!

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play nice.