Something that we all need? More time. More time to see our friends, to squeeze in that yoga class that we missed, to indulge in a proper breakfast or just to see more of London. So we want to make the most of our mornings, we’ll happily go to bed an hour earlier if we know that come the morning we’ll be raving, exercising and heading to markets. Time to set your alarm.
What: Piccadilly Yoga
Why: Rise above the commuters and the bustle (and normal stress) of Piccadilly and Regents Street with sunrise yoga sessions on the terrace of the Dome Penthouse at Hotel Café Royal. Hosted by the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre the hour long sessions start at 7:30am meaning that even if you do nothing else for the day you can at least feel smug that you got out of bed. If you’re a member of Akasha the classes are free, if not you do have to buy a ticket but they include a full day spa pass – you know what? Just take the day off work. Tuesdays aren’t that important anyway. Running throughout July and August.
Where: 68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY
What: Midweek Raving
Why: How do you normally start your morning? Do you fall into the ‘late, 2 minute shower, grab anything to wear, bolt out the door whilst shoving a banana in your face’ camp? Or are you in the ‘hit the gym, meditate, boil some eggs and still leave on time’ camp? Chances are you aren’t in the Morning Gloryville camp but you should be. Taking place in The Oval Space, it’s the happiest way to start your morning; from free hugs and massages to smoothies, coffee and yoga. For those wanting to shake off the morning blues you’ll want to hit the dance floor, which has seen the likes of Fatboy Slim taking to the decks for the sober rave. There is no way you won’t be able to take on the day at 110% after Morning Gloryville! The next event is 3rd August, but be quick, tickets are selling out fast!
Where: The Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT
What: Pints in the Morning
Why: If you’re not ready to give up on your weekend or Thirsty Thursday got rather out of hand and you now need to have a hair of a dog and head straight to work (good luck with that) we have just the ticket. The Market Porter is a real ale pub in Borough Market which just so happens to be open from 6am -8:30am Monday to Friday… it is also open in the evening too if you don’t want the early start. And if you recognise it, it’s because in Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban it made an appearance as the Third Hand Book Emporium!
Where: 9 Stoney Street, London Bridge, SE1 9AA
What: 24 Hour Great British Cafe
Why: Having opened back in 1953, Polo Bar is a Great British cafe serving up Great British dishes 24 hours a day. So whatever time you fancy Shepherds pie, sausage and mash or a full English you can get it at Polo Bar. So forget going to bed, just party on through to breakfast! As their website says ‘After all, this is London – there is no time to be tired’…
Where: 176 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4NQ
What: Rooftop Garden Yoga
Why: One morning a few weeks back we headed to the grassy rooftop of John Lewis’ flagship Oxford Street store for a sunrise yoga session with Fat Buddha Yoga at The Gardening Society pop-up. Whilst the garden itself opens from midday, you can beat the crowds on a Thursday for a 7.30am yoga class. Weather permitting, it’s a pretty unbeatable setting to get the blood pumping and de-stress before a busy day surrounding potting sheds, wheelbarrows and fragrant flowers wafting in the morning breeze. Until 4th September.
Where: John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
What: Sunday Fitness Brunch
Why: Food and fitness are two of our favourite things. OK, food is our favourite thing and fitness comes as a result of that. As part of Regent Street’s Summer Street’s programme, aqua nueva are hosting a series of fitness brunches until Sunday 7th August. Classes taken by guest trainers include Pilates, triyoga and cardio and dance, starting at 11am, followed by brunch from the Sombremesa brunch menu and a glass of cava. It is the weekend after all.
Where: 30 Argyll Street, London W1F 7EB
What: Top of the Morning (Literally)
Why: Start your day on a serious high with a yoga class 35 floors above the city. Sky Garden have succeeded in making the venue an all-hours destination but this option is a little more peaceful than the 2am weekend partying. This is a dynamic form of yoga (vinyasa) to get you ready and rearing for the day ahead. The classes are 6.30-7.30am every weekday except Monday and 9-10am on weekends. Book a place, bring a mat an arrive in sufficient time for security checks at the bottom.
Where: 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
What: Shavasana on South Bank
Why: Mondrian love Mondays and we can see why when you’re starting your week with an energising yoga class in the suave Rumpus Room. Yogi Rebecca Keenaghan takes the class which is a mixture of Ashtanga, Hatha and Vinyasa to really wake you up from 7.30-8.30am every Monday until 21st November. Reserve your space by ringing Agua Spa.
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
What: The UK’s Largest Wholesale Fish Market
Why: The smell of fish probably isn’t what you want to inhale first thing in the morning but Billingsgate Fish Market is a London institution and should be on every Londoner’s bucket list. Spread across 13 acres, the market is made up of 98 stands, 30 shops and 2 cafes with up to 150 different types of fish and shellfish available. Whilst it’s primarily traders and restaurants buying their supplies, the public are welcome to wander round and take in the sights of the UK’s largest selection of fish and skilled fishmongers hard at work as well as grab a few bargains. Go on a Saturday for even bigger bargains – the market is closed on Sunday and Monday so they have stock to shift. Open from 4-8am Tuesday to Saturday.
Where: Trafalgar Way, Poplar, E14 5ST
What: Yoga and Breakfast
Why: Starting on 1st August these new monthly classes are run by The House of Yoga and Love Yogi teacher Zara Pittman. They aren’t just your ordinary yoga class though, they come with the added bonus of views of London from seventeen floors up -although don’t look out whilst you’re doing your Downward Dog, bound to cause vertigo. Afterwards you’ll be given a gluten-free power breakfast created by Michelin star chef Anthony Demetre, which includes a blueberry, banana and seed smoothie and gluten free granola!
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