Early Morning London: things to do before the rest of the city has woken up
Rise and shine! Dreary mornings are out and fresh, early starts are in. Here is a selection of the best early morning activities London has to offer
Sun Salutations at dawn:
Morning yoga at Dalston Roof Park
When it comes to London's yoga classes, the selection can be somewhat overwhelming. But with so many variations to choose from, you are bound to find your inner zen. We love the unique Hot Pod Yoga, where things get a bit steamy first thing in the morning. The classes follow Vinyasa style flow and are held in serene pods where you will work up a sweat. It is guaranteed to destress you before your day begins. We also recommend Power Yoga for all ages and abilities- it promises to really wake up and shake up your day. After your class you can enjoy delectable health snacks and drinks from the studio's juice bar. With all that power you will be unstoppable.
Point and shoot: London at Dawn Photography Workshop
A view of London at dawn (Photograph by Anthony Epes)
Sunrise is the perfect time to get your photography game on. So why not attend one of the Cities at Dawn workshops and you will see London in a whole new light. Capture the skyline among the early morning haze. Run by Anthony Epes and Diana Bird, the workshops invite you to pause and notice urban beauty in deserted streets free from crowds of people. Join one of the monthly group adventure or book a private session, but move quickly: these sessions can fill up quickly.
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Dance into the day: morning raves with Morning Gloryville
Raves at dawn (Photo Credit: Morning Gloryville Instagram)
Are you a night owl, who dreads early starts? Well now you can have the ultimate night out (sans alcohol), first thing in the morning. The hugely popular phenomenon Morning Gloryville have initiated a new craze that we are definitely on board with. Get your dancing shoes on and rave your way to a happy day. The team at Morning Gloryville are inviting you to their fourth birthday party on 1 June at Brixton Beach Rooftop from 7am-11am. Unwind in the massage stations, enjoy superfood smoothies and organic coffee. If slow isn't your sort vibe- then rave the morning away. It may seem like a novelty but parties run by Morning Gloryville have hosted a number of reputable DJs including Fatboy Slim and Basement Jaxx. This years DJs are yet to be revealed but tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours now.
Click here to book tickets through the Morning Gloryville website
Breakfast in the clouds: Duck and Waffle
Belgian waffles with english cherries, yoghurt and white chocolate crumble (Photo credit: Duck and Waffle)
Forget about boring porridge and indulge yourself at Duck and Waffle for the most important meal of the day. No eatery provides a more majestic experience than the highest restaurant in the capital. Open 24/7, the magnificent views of this iconic restaurant are best enjoyed in the quiet moments of dawn when the city is just waking up. The breakfast menu is available from 6am, with tempting delights such as a decadent banana brûlée, a classic full English, or their trademark duck/waffle combination complete with mustard maple syrup and a fried duck egg.
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Take a morning dip: swimming in Hampstead's ponds
Kenwood Ladies' Pond, Hampstead Pond
Catch the classic tranquil beauty of Hampstead Heath by taking a morning dip in one of the ponds, which are open from 7 am during summer months. Visit early and you’re guaranteed a serene experience: the perfect preparation for a day in a stuffy office. Of the three ponds, we favour Kenwood Ladies’ Pond: a leafy, secluded bower lined with irises and honeysuckle where you are able to escape the commotion of the capital in divinely peaceful surroundings.
Summer florals: the nocturnal flower market at New Covent Garden Market
A florist arranges his wares (Photo credit: New Covent Garden Market Instagram)
After 40 years Covent Garden's famous flower market made the move just down the road, to its new home at Nine Elms Lane. Despite the big change, you can still expect the same bustling market in the heart of London. You can also guarantee the same quality of produce. Choose from a huge selection of flowers to revitalise your living room or pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables. Open from midnight to 10am- its time to take an early morning gander. Be delighted by the smells and colours of the beautiful flowers, it is sure to brighten up your day.