Visitors to London often expect to find a city that never sleeps. But the capital certainly has its drowsy times, and Sunday mornings can seem almost dream-like in certain areas due to how quiet they become.
It can be surprising how many attractions and businesses shut down (or have reduced hours) on Sundays, and it can sometimes feel like everything is closed. However, the good news is that there’s plenty in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to keep you busy on a Sunday. Here are some of our top suggestions:
Go for a walk in Holland Park – This lovely park is the largest green space in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It provides plenty of things for you to do, from a leisurely stroll or a bit of quiet time at the Kyoto Garden, through to playing a game of tennis or grabbing a bite to eat at the cafe. It’s open on Sundays from 7:30 am until 30 minutes before dusk.
Take a look around the Design Museum – Located in Kensington High Street, this museum includes a wide range of displays about product and industrial design, graphic design, fashion and architecture. It’s open on Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm.
Stroll along Billionaire’s Row – Kensington Palace Gardens is one of the most exclusive streets in the world and is home to business magnates, royalty and ambassadors. It’s a lovely tree-lined street that’s closed to most traffic, so it’s nice for a quiet walk, and you can peek over fences and hedges to see how the other half lives.
Visit Kensington Palace – This historic royal palace has been a royal residence since William and Mary bought the property in the 17th century. Other residents have included King George I, King George III, Queen Victoria and Princess Diana. Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge call the palace their official home, and a large section of the building is open to the public. It’s hours on Sunday are 10 am to 4 pm.
Explore Kensington Gardens – This large royal park was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace, but today it offers plenty of open spaces where visitors can walk along tree-lined paths, enjoy a picnic or admire the various sculptures and monuments that are scattered around its 265 acres.
Shop at Portobello Road Market – This market is famous for its antiques, furnishings, fashion and food. On Sundays, the main market is closed, but Portobello Green has a market that sells mostly vintage clothing and bric-a-brac, many of the shops are open, and there are sometimes forecourt traders at the southern end of the market.
Look around Brompton Cemetery – This picturesque cemetery was consecrated in 1840 and is the resting place of more than 200,000 people. As one of London’s Magnificent Seven historic cemeteries, this one features some 35,000 monuments ranging from simple headstones to impressive mausoleums. It’s open from 8 am to 7 pm daily, and the Friends of Brompton Cemetery offer tours on Sundays.
Spend a day at the Museums – There three museums in South Kensington – the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum and the V&A – are among the most popular attractions in London, and there’s something there for everyone, whether you like art, architecture, space or dinosaurs. They all open at 10 am on Sundays and their closing times are staggered, with the V&A closing at 5:45 pm, the Natural History Museum closing at 5:50 pm and the Science Museum closing at 6 pm.
Take a guided tour of Stamford Bridge – If you fancy a look around the home of Chelsea FC, then why not go on a guided tour of the stadium? You’ll get to visit various stands, the press room, the home and away dressing rooms, the tunnel and dug-out areas. Tour guides provide plenty of information and once the tour’s over you can also have a look around the museum. Tours take place between 10 am and 3 pm but are not available on match days.
Visit Leighton House – The former home and studio of Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton, this impressive home features beautiful architecture, sumptuous furnishings and stunning works of art. It’s open on Sundays from 10 am to 5:30 pm.
Have a lie in followed by brunch – There’s nothing quite so satisfying as a lazy Sunday morning. For visitors staying at the Park Grand London Kensington, one of the best ways to enjoy a Sunday is to remain in bed a little bit longer, then mosey down to our restaurant for a lovely brunch. Choose from comforting specialities like smoked salmon, ham and cheese melts or grilled chicken with creamy pesto. We also offer a fabulous afternoon tea with sandwiches, cakes and bubbly.