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1. Art house cinema in Soho
Skip the latest Hollywood mush by taking in a double bill at the arty Curzon in Soho. On Sundays, talks and Q&As often follow films while swish snacks and continental lagers are served at the downstairs bar.
Curzon Soho, 93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1. (0871 703 3988/www.curzoncinemas.com). Leicester Square tube.

2. Get political in Westminster
The People’s Picnic is a weekly gathering in Parliament Square to demonstrate against the provisions of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 that restrict protest within 1km of the Houses of Parliament. Expect a diverse range of protesters singing songs, playing guitars and debating politics – and eating. It’s free to join in, so make yourself some cheese sandwiches, fill the Thermos with hot tea and get down there.
The People’s Picnic, Parliament Square, SW1 (www.peopleincommon.org). Picnic starts Sun 1pm. Westminster tube.

3. Take a climb in the Square Mile
The Monument is one of London’s most overlooked tourist attractions – a big advantage on Sundays when everyone else is cramming into the obvious museums. Nip into Sir Christopher Wren’s tribute to the Great Fire just before it closes, clamber up the 311 steps, and be rewarded with a giddying view across London.
The Monument, EC3 (020 7626 2717/www.themonument.info). Open 9.30am-5pm. Currently closed until February 16 2009.

4. Roller stroll on the Serpentine
Their team mantra is to put the ‘ha ha’ back into group skating. Sunday Roller Stroll sees up to 100 skaters meet on the east side of Serpentine Road and set off on a six- to eight-mile supervised roller hike around the capital. A new route is planned each week and can be viewed on their website. All welcome.
Roller Stroll, meet 2pm every Sunday on the east side of Serpentine Road, Hyde Park (www.rollerstroll.com).

5. Ride London’s only steam railway
The museum is housed in a nineteenth-century pumping station and contains the famous Cornish beam engines, which used to pump west London's water supply. On Sundays you can ride the Hunslet steam locomotive ‘Cloister’.
Kew Bridge Steam Museum, Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 (020 8568 4757/www.kbsm.org). Waterworks Railway Running, every Sunday 11am-4pm March-November. Kew Bridge rail.

6. Pay your respects at Kensal Green
Every Sunday you can join a fascinating tour of the first great London Cemetery at Kensal Green, final resting place of Blondin, Trollope, Thackeray, the Brunels and two children of George III. Tours on the first and third Sunday of the month include an exploration of the catacomb (under-12s not admitted).
Kensal Green Cemetery tour, West Gate, off Harrow Rd, W10 (info 07951 631 001). Meet at the Anglican Chapel 2pm. Adm £5, concs £4. Kensal Green tube.

7. Nose around a Georgian house in the East End
The special tours of Dennis Severs’ House immerse visitors in a unique form of theatre. Guests are escorted, in total silence, into candlelit chambers from which, apparently, their eighteenth- and nineteenth-century inhabitants have only just withdrawn. Powerful historical sensations and a family saga add up to a magical journey through time. Unsuitable for children.
Dennis Severs’ House, 18 Folgate St, E1 (020 7247 4013/www.dennissevershouse.co.uk). Open first and third Sun of month 12-4pm. Adm £8.

8. Live folk and blues at King’s Cross
The Harrison is a great Sunday pub in its own right, but it’s the regular ‘In the Pines’ music slot that really brings it into its own. Recent guests here include Micha P Hinson, Fionn Regan, King Creosote and John Stammers. Beef, chicken and vegan roasts are also served.
The Harrison, Harrison St, WC1 (020 7278 3966/www.inthepines.org). In The Pines starts 2pm. Adm £3. King’s Cross tube.

9. Play an indoor par four in Soho
If you don’t fancy trekking out to the suburbs for a game, Urban Golf in Soho may just be the future of city golf. Its hi-tech simulators let you play 50 of the world’s most famous courses without leaving W1. There are also lessons on offer, as well as food and drink, served in the ‘clubhouse’ bar.
Urban Golf, 33 Great Pulteney St, W1 (020 7434 4300/www.urbangolf.co.uk). Freeplay prices £30 for two people per hour, £40 for three or four people per hour.

10. Meet the folks in Clerkenwell
Live acts play a mix of country, Americana, bluegrass and bluesat this unashamedly folk-oriented Clerkenwell pub which hosts a folk night on the second and last Sunday of every month.
Apple Tree, 45 Mount Pleasant, WC1 (020 7837 2365/www.comedownandmeetthefolks.co.uk). Free admission, although donations appreciated, 4-9pm. Farringdon tube/rail.


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