Sundays, the day we lament the weekend being over, and lament having to go back to work. Sundays are not our favourite, but there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy them. The fun doesn’t have to end just because we have to get up early the next day. So, here are 10 ways to banish those Sunday blues, and get the most out of your day.
An Escape from the City
Sometimes, a long weekend is just the excuse you need to escape the city and being such a short distance from London, Blenheim Palace is the perfect destination. The grand Orangery Restaurant serves up traditional Sunday lunches as well as afternoon tea and the palace itself, which happens to be a World UNESCO Heritage Site, is full of history and sits among 2000 acres of landscaped gardens. Idyllic, as a Sunday should be.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)
It would take someone of extreme self-discipline to resist mimosas, and we just don’t have that sort of discipline. We’ll be taking all those mimosas, and you should too. Accompany them with French toast with streaky bacon, blueberries and maple syrup; or lobster thermidor with garden salad and thin cut fries; or a brunch burger, made with Cumberland sausage, smoked bacon, aged cheddar, fried egg, Portobello mushroom, beef tomato and brown sauce.
Where: 36d Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London, SE1 2YE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.5 miles)
A Levantine Brunch
We at The Handbook love brunch, and we’re pretty sure you do too. Begin your Sunday with a Levantine brunch at CERU. Their menu includes dishes like shakshuka with halloumi and spicy lamb hash. To accompany, there are lemonades and hand pressed juices but if you’re anything like us, you’ll probably want to go for the ‘spiked’ Turkish apple tea with Morgan’s spiced rum. Or a Bloody Mary if Saturday night was a little too fun.
Where: 7-9 Bute Street, Kensington, London SW7 3EY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: South Kensington (0.2 miles)
A Sunday by the Thames
Skylon’s location within the Royal Festival Hall lends itself to a great post-brunch walk along the Thames. But besides that, the brunch menu does not disappoint. Choose from crepes with Grek yoghurt, English strawberries and chocolate sauce; smoked haddock fishcakes with tartare sauce, carrot and dill slaw and Cornish leaves; or Shetland muscles with white wine, garlic and flat leaf parsley. Sip on bottomless prosecco as you indulge in blackberry brûlée with lemon thyme shortbread or a limoncello baba with Chantilly and English strawberries.
Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)
There is no better way to end your week than to spend your Sunday evening in the ever so opulent Club Chonois, sampling the restaurants newest, seasonal dim sum, while enjoying summery songs played by DJs. The seasonal Twilight menu includes summer truffle bao, cuttlefish and chive gau and Castilla y León jasmine tea smoked back rack of ribs. Sunday sadness will be no more.
Where: Park Chinois, 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EA
Nearest station: Green Park (0.2 miles)
Every last Sunday of the month, the Swallow Street Rooms at Bentleys transform from a grand dining room to a grand dining room filled with talented musicians playing the best in blues, swing, americana and country, easing you into the week. Feast on free snacks and sip on classic cocktails as you soak up the atmosphere.
Where: 11-15 Swallow Street, London, W1B 4DG, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.3 miles)
Traditional and Classic
Sunday brunch at Mews of Mayfair is a pretty classic fare, but hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Enjoy an eggs Florentine, or eggs Royale, or begin your day with a roast. Of course it wouldn’t be brunch if it wasn’t bottomless, so choose from Bloody Marys, mimosas, bellinis, beer or wine, and countless glasses.
If you’re a fan of jazz, you’ll want to spend your sunday evening at Le Caprice. While you enjoy your dinner of girolle risotto, or dressed Dorset crab with celeriac remoulade and land cress, or steak tartare with fries, Le Caprice’s house trio will be there, filling the room with classic jazz songs taking influence from Stan Getz, Miles Davies and Ben Webster.
Where: Arlington House, Arlington Street, London, SW1A 1RJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.1 miles)
Dining like Royalty
The afternoon tea at Rubens is truly fit for royalty. Not only does the restaurant look out onto the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace, but the tea itself was inspired by Royal events and dining trends. Favourites of the Queen and Prince Harry feature in the form of jam pennies and chocolate biscuit cakes, while there are also red velvet cupcakes inspired by the House of Stuart.
Hakkasan’s Chef de Cuisine, Goh Wee Boon, has created a special dim sum menu for Sundays. It is designed in keeping with the Chinese tradition of yum cha, meaning eating dim sum while drinking tea. Seasonal ingredients are celebrated in both the dim sum and cocktails, but you can expect dishes like scallop shumai, baked venison puff and duck and yam bean dumpling. While to drink there’s the Ginseng daiquiri, Fleur de Coco and Fitzrovia plum, to name a few. The restaurants resident DJ Pathaan will also be playing every Sunday. It’s fair to say we quite like this Yum Cha tradition.