What to do Sunday evenings?

I'm planning out the itinerary for our 4-day visit to London in April, and just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for what to do Sunday evening, as many places close early on Sundays.
Thanks!

Posted by Kira
Seattle, WA, USA
954 posts

I would just go to a pub. No tour, no walking thing... not that those probably aren't cool - but the absolutely neat thing about pubs is that you can meet actual people and talk to them! Example - in January of this year, we settled in at a pub by Trafalgar Square (but not on a heavily touristed street) and wound up talking to a charming couple (both London natives) who gave us super advice about what to see and do - and what to avoid - around Charing Cross, advice about the best bus to take from the Stables Market, and tips on a great chippie a few blocks away. More importantly, we also had a really meaty discussion about politics, which was kind of awesome, since we got the non-US perspective on a bunch of interesting stuff. Then, to cap it off, the husband, who was facing the window, yelped, "Goodness me it's a Chelsea Pensioner!!!!!!" So my husband got to see a real live Chelsea Pensioner. Which is kind of a huge deal. Anyway, that wouldn't have happened if we hadn't gone down the pub, on our own, and been open to a conversational gambit. Oh - and if you choose the right pub, you can also get a good meal.

Posted by Cynthia
Gig Harbor, Washington, USA
1202 posts

We were in London last April for several days including a Sunday. We took a train to Hastings (Charing Cross station) and spent the day exploring the area. You might consider that option or taking a daytrip by train to another outlying area. You could even go to York - that's two hours away by train.

Posted by Stacey
Kansas City
112 posts

London Walks offers 3 different tours on Sunday evenings: Soho Pub Walk at 7:00, Haunted London at 7:30 and Jack the Ripper at 7:30. £9 per adult. www.walks.com

Posted by Suz
Denver, USA
223 posts

Good ideas! I did a Sunday night London Walks pub walk, and it was a fine thing. Ours was in Chelsea, but I'm sure the others are also worth it. (Just a note, if you're drinking fruit juice or other nonalcoholic stuff: specify "no ice" or you may get a glass so stuffed with cubes that there's precious few ounces of liquid to drink.)

Posted by Arn
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
215 posts

A different idea. Most churches in London have an evensong service early Sunday evening. They are fairly short, 30-40 minutes, and normally are almost all singing by a choir with only a brief sermon. The one at St. Paul's Cathedral is especially good and sometimes has the boy's choir. There is no charge, although an offering basket may be passed for donations.
At St. Pauls this also gives you a free glimpse at the beautiful architecture.

Posted by DK
Denver
39 posts

St. Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield has an evensong service at 6:30 on Sundays. Its historic atmosphere adds another dimension to the music.

Posted by Keith
United Kingdom
678 posts

Most West End theatres are closed on Sundays - but a couple have Sunday evening performances - http://www.theatremonkey.com/daybydayindex.htm. Some smaller/fringe theatres are also open. (The Globe often has Sunday evening performances, but in April it seems only on one Sunday and it is probably sold out by now). A lot of music/arts/comedy venues have Sunday evening performances, sometimes on the main stage, sometimes a smaller "annexe" - for example Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Hammersmith Apollo, Comedy Store, etc. might all be worth investigating, depending on your interests. Plus numerous smaller places will be open - use a listing site like "View London" or "TimeOut" to search. If it is a pleasant day weather-wise (and money isn't tight), you could go up the Shard and watch sunset over London.