Whatever you Saturday night consisted of, it’s an unspoken rule that Sunday is to be more mellow, chilled and justifiably lazy. Be it the dance floor or helping your mother move house on your first day off in what feels like a decade, no doubt you’re going to be feeling a little less productive on a Sunday. For the urbanites, coffee fiends, Yorkshire pudding enthusiasts and bookworms, we’ve picked out the top things to do to create the ultimate East London lazy Sunday.
Columbia Road Flower Market
The history of this place is glorious, formerly being a Sunday Victorian street food market to cater for the fringed Jewish communities of the East End. After a struggle during World War 2, Columbia Road Flower Market quite literally flourished and gave the florists of Covent Garden an opportunity to sell on their weekend goods. Now, the market is a hive of acoustic buskers, boutique shops, fresh food and drink and, of course, enough low price plants and flowers to turn your home into an urban jungle. It’s a popular one, though and usually packed. But, no doubt, you’ll leave this little London hub of colour with a happy mind and an arm full of eucalyptus in brown paper wrap.
Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
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Specialists in bread and coffee, Pavilion Bakery is a staple location and must-go-to in London fields, offering everything from potentially the best latte in town to homemade artisan peanut butter. Racks of sourdough line the Instagrammable bakery’s window, promising it to be a haven of carbs. Get here early though, it’s a hit with the East Ender’s and usually sells out pretty quick. To pay testament to this place even more, Tom Hiddleston posed outside of it for an issue of GQ. What a man.
18 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
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Want something even sweeter? Crosstown doughnuts are the answer. Made freshly in store every day, these doughnuts are made with a hybrid sourdough mixture to ensure a stronger crumb and bread-like texture. With a whole host of locations around London, there’s almost no excuse not to gorge on these fine specimens of baked goods. Remember what they say: a moment on the lips is a lifetime of doughnut-induced joy. Too lazy to venture out? These guys do online delivery and are even on Deliveroo. We wouldn’t judge you, we promise.
157 Brick Lane, E1 6SB
53 Old Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6QA
75 Broadway Market, E8 4PH
The pastiche of perfect pastry hidden just under Hoxton Overground station. Formed within one of the arches of the railway line, this small but wondrous bakery is famous for it’s beautifully knotted cinnamon and cardamon buns. Deciding on which to order will be no doubt the most stressful element to your day but, regardless of choice, anything this place produces that passes your lips is a moment of bliss. Fine coffee, a selection of savouries too and a rack of impressive rustic breads and sourdoughs, this bakery is a pocket of East End quality.
Arch 385, Geffrye St, London E2 8HZ
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Rough Trade East
This record shop is what hipster dreams are made of. Stocking everything from new releases to legacy LPs, pop punk to modern composition, their catalogue is huge and makes for a nice period of silently browsing, searching for that perfect vinyl treat. Hosting a massive range of books too, this place feeds the mind, the ears and the eyes. Keep a look out for their monthly calendars for signings, performances and special events. For those seeking a bit of a record spree, Rough Trade is a short walk away from Sister Ray records, which offer a smaller collection with some really good deals.
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL
In the shadows of Colombia Road Flower Market on Ezra Street, Republic of Photography host a series of Sunday sessions allowing passersby to catch their good side. Home to a myriad of different prop filled photo-booths, the venue is also residency to award winning celebrity photography Seamus Ryan who offers East Londoner’s a chance to feel like a glamour model with his free-of-charge and often themed photoshoots. Perfect for those who want to escape the cold for twenty minutes and try something a little different.
7 Ezra Street, London E2 7RH
So you go for a walk on a Sunday in Shoreditch and bump into the guys of @republicofphotography, and the next scene is me on a monitor #republicofphotography #ROPsundays #seamusryan #improvisedshooting #photoshoot #shoreditch #sundayplans #onlyinlondon #mylondonlife A post shared by María Contreras (@mariacontrerasg) on Sep 25, 2016 at 8:02am PDT
The go to place for a sourdough feast, this authentic pizza hotspot offers the most perfectly clumsy looking wood fired pizzas at a ridiculously amazing price. Starting from £6, expect chorizo, mozzarella and often a queue of hungry East Londoner’s seeking quality ingredients at low prices. Not in East London? These guys have a whole selection of restaurants across the city at just the same level of greatness.
52 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
At the far end of Broadway Market’s sea of boutiques, bars, bistros and bookstores is Donlon Books. Hosting a wide range of books in its small premises, expect everything from queer academia, fashion history, periodicals and independent magazines. From historic copies of Gay Semiotics to signed Dries Van Noten publications, Donlon stocks an idiosyncratic range of new and rare titles, making one of the best book stores in proximity.
75 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH
The Princess of Shoreditch
The hub for proper grub. A favourite amongst East Londoner’s The Princess of Shoreditch’s roast dinners are to die for. Think giant Yorkshire puddings, high quality cuts of meat and enough gravy to ignite envy into every northerner. For those not around East, these guys are owned by the geniuses behind The Pig and Butcher just off Angel station. East or West, missing out on their roasts is criminal and makes for the perfect snoozy (and carb filled) Sunday.
76-78 Paul St, London EC2A 4NE
A quirky and fragrant tea stop for those looking to get their daily Matcha fix, Tiosk is bursting with Scandinavian style and East End trendiness. The modern merchants of tea offer a wide selection of healthy and vegan foods for those dining in, including açai bowls and smashed avocado (with and without smoked salmon) on sourdough toast. Come rain or shine, iced or steamed, a visit to Tiosk is a must for any tea fan. The brand also have a delightful online store for those not able to get to the terrarium ridden tea shop.
33 Broadway Market, London E8
Hackney City Farm
Though, like most farms, this pocket of rurality is geared towards a younger audience, Hackney City Farm offers a temporary break away from the urban choke of London. Home to everything from pigs (that will make you feel a little less fat after your Sunday roast) and the sassiest geese in town, the farm is intimate, surprisingly authentic and makes for a pleasant half an hour for those delving into Colombia Road’s flower market.
1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA
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Movies, mochas and martinis, this is the independent cinema to know about. Far more than just your average blockbusters (though they do show them too), Genesis host a variety of evenings, from celebrations of feminist artists to screenings of cult classic. Exactly how a cinema should look, complete with retro display panels and neon lights outside, this (extremely) reasonably priced venue has been used for entertainment purposes since the mid-19th century and has seen appearances from the likes of Charlie Chaplin.
93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ