Eco Guide to London

by Katherine Hackworthy

More and more of London’s hotels and restaurants are now greening up their acts and changing London into a vibrant Eco City. Here are some highlights


Lancaster London

This four star luxury hotel overlooks Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (try to get the top floors for amazing views). Eco Hotel of the Year 2010 – Commended Finalist from the AA. There is a honeybee farm on the roof, an eco kitchen and the hotel even provides jogging maps of London.

The Savoy

This iconic luxury hotel kept sustainability at the forefront during their recent refit. Eco initiatives include a metering room monitors the hotel’s energy usage every half hour,
bicycles available for guests, hybrid cars for transfers, a ‘green butler’ and a commitment to maintain the stretch of the Thames in front of the hotel.

Base2Stay, Kensington

This excellent value eco hotel has a recycling rate of 80%, serves fair-trade tea and coffee and keeps a sustainable attitude throughout the hotel. Gold award-winner from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

The MayFair Hotel

This centrally-located 5 star luxury hotel won the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award.

The Cavendish London

A luxury hotel with an excellent environmental policy and a Gold award winner in Sustainable Business Tourism from Visit London (amongst many other eco awards).

51 Buckingham Gate

A centrally-located, elegant hotel set in a row of Victorian townhouses. Organic, local and fair-trade food is served, while the hotel recycles, offsets carbon and harvests rainwater.


Waterhouse Restaurant, 10 Orsman Road, London, N1 5QJ – overlooking the canal, this restaurant uses solar panels for hot water and hydro-electric power. Food is all organic and is sourced locally as much as possible, plus the waste is composted in their wormery.

The Duke of Cambridge, 30 St Peter’s Street, London, N1– long before organic gastro-pubs were fashionable, this pub paved the way. As world’s first certified organic pub, it boasts a fantastic menu of organic meals and drinks in a lovely comfortable setting.

Food For Thought, 31 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR This outstanding little veggie restaurant has been serving healthy food to the Covent Garden masses for decades. Go early to avoid the queues.

Wahaca, Three locations across London, Outstanding, fairly traded and ethically sourced Mexican street food.


Get your oyster card (for cheaper travel) and use London’s public transport
Walking see

Cycle Hire. There are pick up/drop off points all across central London for the distinctive grey and blue bikes.


Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew 121 hectares of fragrant beauty. This large site holds the world’s largest collection of living plants as well as six large glasshouses. Tranquil and stunning.

WWT London Wetland Centre See a huge amount of urban wildlife at this massive 42 hectare site.

Chelsea Physic Gardens This hidden ‘secret garden’ was created in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for the study of the medicinal qualities of plants. Now it is an amazing place to explore and escape the hustle and bustle of London.