I always say that I'm a morning person and a late night person but it's just the bit in between I struggle with. If a very early start or a very late night doesn't scare you off then I can thoroughly recommend Morning Gloryville as the best way to start your day, as well as feeling like a certifiable "East London Experience".
Held in Hackney's Oval Space, Morning Gloryville fills the 6.30am - 10.30am slot which otherwise might be spent sleeping, bemoaning another day at the grindstone or at the gym doing the same class you've done every Wednesday morning for the past three years. With the promise of being able to rave our way into the day, Eliza and I headed to the last Morning Gloryville of 2016 and - no blogger hyperbole required here - enjoyed every single minute.
It's basically a sober rave, with the lights on, in a former gas works off of Hackney Road. There is no booze but plenty of (surprisingly good) coffee, smoothies and raw energy balls to fuel your morning (take some cash - I naively assumed they were included in the ticket price because 9 years in London hasn't been enough for me clearly). There's also a glitter station, face painting, massages, yoga, free hugs and sparkly unicorns to make sure that it's a pretty surreal start to your day.
Unlike a usual club night, everyone is happy and friendly and the vibe felt far more like the Green Fields at Glastonbury than like my usual London after dark experiences (I don't think I've been dancing in London for at least three years because other people tend to make it a pretty bleugh experience). While not a workout as such, after three hours of dancing we were pretty exhausted and I'd already done my 10,000 steps without even noticing the effort.
Morning Gloryville attracts Londoner's of all ages, it's super positive, fun and non-judgemental. Wear whatever you feel comfortable in - from leisurewear to a unicorn costume but I'd definitely recommend flats, dancing is actually enjoyable when you're feet don't feel like they're about to detach from your body and inflict murderous revenge.
Oh, and be prepared to be finding glitter everywhere for days to come.
Morning Gloryville tickert available here - the first Gloryville of 2017 is on 1st February.