London is the perfect place to explore at the weekend, and Sundays are one of the most popular days for Londoners and visitors alike to simply set out and see where the day takes them. Whether you're in the mood for a relaxed day out seeing some of the city's major landmarks, or simply want to experience a busy metropolis at a slower pace – here's a few top tips for making the most of your trip!
Stay in a central area
There are lots of great places to stay in London, but choosing the right hotel is essential to getting more from your Sunday. The area surrounding Hyde Park provides quick access to many of the key sightseeing spots in the city.
Get to know the Tube
Seeing as much as possible on a Sunday is a lot simpler once you know your way around – and while the Park Grand London Hyde Park is ideally situated for plenty of exploring, if you're venturing further afield, it helps to acquaint yourself with the city's public transport system.
The London Underground (or Tube) is the easiest way to get around quickly, and once you're used to the way it all works you'll soon be well on your way. As a top tip for weekend travellers, if you have a contactless card you can use it to breeze through the gates – saving you time purchasing tickets.
Plan your adventures
There's so much to see in London, and if you only have one day then you'll need to develop a plan to reach everything! Even if all you want to do is relax and enjoy a meal at one of the top Hyde Park restaurants, this still involves a certain amount of forward planning.
An easy way to plot your adventures is to write a quick list of any sights you want to see, activities you want to experience and places you want to go to eat and drink. Once you've got this central list, whittle it down depending on how realistically you can reach each destination, and of course after checking each venue can be accessed on a Sunday.
Take a look at Google Maps
Not sure of the distance between different locations in London? Then Google Maps is your new best friend. This handy tool will give you information on how long it will take you to get from A to B, and help you pack more into your day.
Explore a Royal Park
London has lots of delightful green spaces, which are dream locations to visit on a Sunday. You'll be joining plenty of other people as they seek a getaway from the fast pace of London life, and in some of these parks it’s easy to lose yourself by a scenic lake or taking a stroll around an ornamental garden. Some of our top picks include historic St James's Park, sprawling Richmond Park, and the varied landscapes of Hyde Park, which is also conveniently located close to the Park Grand London Hyde Park.
Enjoy a local museum
The city offers a vast number of museums, and plenty of variety as well! If you're a history buff, a science nerd or want to see some of the world's finest art – all tastes can be catered to in London, and many of the finest museums are open on Sundays for a quiet visit. Top picks include the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Serpentine Galleries.
Take a spin on the London Eye
Why not try seeing the city from above? The London Eye was first built to mark the turn of the new millennium, but has since continued to grow in popularity, becoming a major part of the city skyline.
Each trip takes around 30 minutes, and when you book online you can upgrade the experience with a range of luxury options including champagne and booking a private viewing pod.
Watch some outdoor cinema
Throughout the summer months, a variety of different operators provide outdoor cinema, providing the ideal evening activity for a relaxed Sunday. The most prominent providers include Secret Cinema, which is a fully immersive way to enjoy some of the latest new releases and classic films – as well as Somerset House, which offers outdoor screenings of big hits and cult favourites all summer.
Experience shopping in London
As one of the most popular shopping destinations in the world, the high streets and shopping districts of London are legendary. Thankfully, most of the major stores in these areas are open on Sunday, so if you're in the mood for some serious shopping, you're in luck!
Try areas such as the world-famous Oxford Street for access to a range of high street shops as well as a few boutique finds, or head for the likes of Covent Garden for something a little more unique. If you're shopping for luxury, then Bond Street is filled with some of the most popular stores for everything from jewellery to designer clothing.
Take a trip on the Thames
What trip to the city is complete without exploring the Thames a little further? Whether you prefer a fast paced journey or would rather enjoy some light sightseeing on the water, there are lots of different ways to enjoy a boat trip while you're staying in London – and this is a fantastic way to get some great photos of your journey!
Visit a London market
The market scene in London is hugely popular, and Sunday provides plenty to get involved in. If you're enjoying a weekend in the city, there's no better way to enjoy a relaxed pace yet still pack in plenty of fun.
Brick Lane Market is a fantastic place to go for clothing and household goods, while Camden Lock is a trendy market which sprawls out across a wide distance. For something truly spectacular, try the Columbia Road Flower Market, which is nothing if not aesthetically pleasing.