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Rise and shine: five ways to maximise your mornings

Posted at 8:00 am, May 13, 2015 in Fun London
City Photography

Forget the snooze button and make the most of your pre-work playtime…

Snap the sunrise

Anyone who has stumbled home at first light will know just how beautiful London can be at dawn. Guardian photographer Anthony Epes runs early morning courses that capture the capital at this picturesque time. Book now for his next four-day masterclass, from July 23 to 26. 4.15am-9am. £200. citiesatdawn.com

Squeeze your creative juices

Creative Mornings

Fancy some inspiring ideas along with your coffee and croissant? Look no further than Creative Mornings, a group that hosts free monthly breakfast lectures by entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. You could end up listening to a comic book artist, an ad agency founder or an educational reformer. It’s basically like going to a TED Talk before work – but cheaper and less smug. 8am-9am. Free. creativemornings.com

Learn something before breakfast

Economy of Hours

If you’re a freelancer or start-up founder, the Echo Breakfast Sessions could be the perfect way to start your day. Bite-sized workshops covering social media, content marketing, pitching and other essential topics will take place every Wednesday morning, starting tomorrow, at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston. 8.30am-10am. Free. economyofhours.com

See another side of Smithfield


You need to go early to see Smithfield Market at its bustling best. City Guides runs tours that start at 7am and explore the butchery of the market as well as the area’s bloody past – it was the site of many executions, including that of William ‘Braveheart’ Wallace. Charming stuff. 7am-8.30am. £12.50. Find more market inspiration at timeout.com/markets.

Rave some more!


Throwing shapes before breakfast is obviously a growing trend. As well as Morning Gloryville, we now have Daybreaker, a New York import that follows the same format – a caffeine-fuelled clubbing workout – just with fewer hippies and a slightly edgier playlist. 7am-9am. £12-£15. daybreakerlondonsplashthat.com

Fancy something a little more chilled? Check out the best breakfast and brunch places in central London.

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