How To Eradicate Boredom On A Glorious Sunday Afternoon

Vintage telephone box along Sadler's Wells

Vintage telephone box along Sadler’s Wells

Overcoming boredom after that Sunday roast can be tricky but I’ve found out that careful planning will help solve this. Planning tasks that can’t be done during the week without stressing and being creative, like spending time with friends and family is an excellent option. As you already know from my previous posts, I discovered vintage London and quite a few places in London by finding exciting things to do around the city and simply getting involved with walks with friends and family.

Discover how to eradicate boredom on a glorious Sunday afternoon:

  • Avoid having one of those sedentary lifestyles, instead write a list of places you want to see in London. I started off practicing this idea and learned how to navigate around the city. In most cases without a Sat nav.
  • Build a new skill by sketching or painting. You don’t have to be a Picasso or a Van Gogh in order to be an artist. Why not start by just doodling.

Autumn colours

  • Observe the beauty around you. Autumn is a good time to get around town and spend time in one of the parks in London. It’s the only time of the year when you can actually see those varying leaf colours.
  • Make plans for those upcoming events like Christmas (if you celebrate the season of course) or trips that you’ve always dreamed of.
Plane spotting

Plane spotting

  • Plane spotting. Planes fly quite low over London and it’s good fun watching them fly past. You can’t miss them.
Raleigh Street bike

Raleigh Street bike

  • Unchain your bike then cycle around town or hire one.
  • Read a Sunday newspaper as well as their supplements. It’s the only day in the week when some of us can read a paper. At other times, I get my news from news feeds on the Internet.
  • Spend just 10 to 20 minutes on Social media, as it’s addictive. Having said that, I try to spend as little time online on a Sunday but love those Instagram photos.
  • Dig out some of those old photos and have a laugh with a family member or friend. It’s quite therapeutic.
Board game

Board game

  • Play a board game or connect with a friend online.
  • Have you ever tried window-shopping on a Sunday afternoon? People seem so relaxed when browsing around the shops compared to the working week but be warned. Don’t let the crowds put you off.
Watch the boats go by

Watch the boats go by

  • Spend time by the riverbanks and watch the ships go by. It’s a great way to clear the head. My favourite is Albert Embankment to get a good view of London. On the opposite is the Victoria embankment.
Stroll across Tower bridge with the Tower of London in view

Stroll along Tower bridge with the Tower of London in view

  • Take a walk along Tower Bridge. Although I have walked across most of the bridges in London, Tower Bridge has a different feel to it. Do you know why? It almost feels as if it is the closes to the Thames than the others. This is from my experience.
  • Even if you’re not a churchgoer, visit a church anyway and observe the internal and external architecture like the stained glass and the brick work.
  • A change of scenery is always a good way to eradicate boredom. Most of my time has been spent South of the river but going up to the north, west or east of London will be my next travel destination. London is a vast city that cannot be explored in a lifetime. Even though the city appears tiny on the map, the reality is it is huge.

If you are currently in London or plan to visit, where is your next destination? Have you found out how to eradicate boredom on a glorious Sunday afternoon? As always, feel free to leave a comment.

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20 Responses to “How To Eradicate Boredom On A Glorious Sunday Afternoon”

  1. Ken Dowell November 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Or….search out a vintage phone booth like the one in your image and make an old school phone call.

    • Bola Akande November 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

      Making an old school phone would be great. These phone booths have also been used as mini libraries where people can exchange one of their old books for one in the booth.

  2. Donna Janke November 3, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    I have only spent time in London as a tourist and find it hard to imagine ever being bored there. I am one of those persons who is rarely bored, but I think your list of suggestions could easily be transferred to any city (although the specific destinations you suggest would be different).

    • Bola Akande November 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      Since London is changing all the time, there is no chance of being boredeveloped. I’m in the same mindset…I rarely get bored.

  3. Kristina November 3, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    How can anyone be bored in London? It is such an amazing city that has to offer a plenty of different things. Looking forward to go back there!

    • Bola Akande November 3, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

      You’ll be suprised that there are people who do get bored in London. I’ve come across many. It’s a case of being able to mingle with the crowd, get creative and enjoy what’s out there.

  4. Doreen Pendgracs November 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

    I agree with Donna. London is such a large and amazing city. I can’t imagine how anyone would be bored there!

    I love Sunday afternoons for connecting with nature. Just meandering along and enjoying all the small, but wonderful things I see.

  5. RoseMary Griffith November 3, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    I don’t have a problem with boredom, but I love your list anyhow! When I moved in with my husband, I took my grandparents’ vintage cookie jar and started to drop notes in it of things to do around town. When we’re thinking what we might do on an upcoming afternoon, I dive in and see what pops out.

    • Bola Akande November 3, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

      Love this idea Rosemary. Everyone should do this including myself. What a clever idea!

  6. Sushmita November 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    I haven’t planned to visit any place soon yet!
    And when it comes to eradicating boredom on a glorious Sunday, I would love to spend the day reading a book and if want to watch few of my favorite movies!

    • Bola Akande November 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

      There are several places in town where you can read a book and watch a movie.

  7. William Rusho November 4, 2016 at 5:11 pm #

    It is important when bored not to just sit around and do something. These are the times that mean the most, explore, or try new things.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Bola Akande November 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      I agree. Exploring and trying out new things is the best way forward.

  8. Ramona McKean November 5, 2016 at 4:56 am #

    I’ve not been to London for a long time. One thing I’d like to do if I ever return (and I hope I do!) is to visit the places where famous writers used to live. There must be “Charles Dickens’ this” or “John Keats’ that,” etc. Cemeteries might be interesting too. (I really am not ghoulish!) Headstones can sometimes tell stories that I make up. It can be intriguing to consider the lives of those whose death markers I’m viewing, kind of like Thomas Gray’s “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”!

    • Bola Akande November 5, 2016 at 7:10 pm #

      Hi Ramona,
      I do hope you get the chance to return one day. These are lovely ideas, although I’ve not really considered visiting cemeteries. Apparently, they are peaceful.

  9. Andy November 6, 2016 at 4:16 am #

    I like the idea of playing a game of Snakes and Ladders on a Sunday afternoon but it seems I always hit that giant snake on Square 87. 😉

    • Bola Akande November 12, 2016 at 5:43 pm #

      That’s happened to me a couple of times. I try rolling the dice a little harder.

  10. Leyla Alyanak November 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

    I can’t imagine being bored in a city like London – not even on a Sunday afternoon.

    That said, even in my small town of 2000 people in Eastern France, boredom is a luxury I have yet to experience. We have Loto (Bingo?) games on the weekend, where you could win a live sheep if your numbers line up! And there’s nothing boring about having to figure out what to do with said sheep should you win… Then there’s hunting on the weekend (mmmmhhhmmm) so taking the dogs out for a walk means dressing them and yourself up in bright orange so they won’t be mistaken for wild boars – plenty of excitement as one tries to dodge the hunters. And this being France, Sunday afternoon means EVERYTHING is shut except the local café so yes, a lingering coffee watching the town square fill on a sunny day is a perfectly fine pastime (it’s now raining and snowing so the population is safely indoors waiting for next year).

    But… London? You have the best museums in the world, and they’re open Sundays. So are many shops, at least for a few hours. I’d browse the bookstores of London and weigh myself down with a tome or two… And cinemas! Once the shops closed I’d head for the latest releases (we have to wait months, and then they’re dubbed in French). And then I’d take myself out to one of the city’s fantastic Asian eateries (I have to drive 40 minutes to the nearest Chinese or Indian resto) for a superb meal.

    All right, enough fantasizing. Back to work. But bored? Never!

    • Bola Akande November 12, 2016 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Leyla. I’d love to see your small town one day as it sounds like the ideal Sunday treat! As for London, I can’t imagine being bored here. The last time I felt that way was when I was a student. Museums weren’t free like they are today and the high street shops were shut on Sundays.

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