Global: LONDON - The Ultimate Sustainable City Guide
We bring you some of our top destinations for green living in London.
London is the vibrant and exciting city Rêve En Vert calls home. The word sustainable might not be the first to come to mind when thinking of London, but this city is also the greenest capital in Europe with all its parks and gardens, and many people living in London care a lot about the environment. The city is filled with artisan shops, organic restaurants and farmers markets. There are enough things to do and places to visit in London that would please every conscious traveller, and here we have decided to roundup some of our favourite city haunts for guilt-free fun.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Kew Gardens, as it is known in short, is an oasis within this bustling city. It is made up of a mix of glass greenhouses, some modern and some Victorian, and large gardens filled with plants, trees, ponds, and a treetop walk. This west London garden gives ‘plant of the month’ guided tours, organizes many events throughout the year and exhibits diverse art installations. The gardens provide the perfect backdrop for a long afternoon walk where you can truly feel you’ve escaped the city.
The Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge is London’s first organic gastronomic pub. It was founded by Geetie Singh long before eating healthy became a trend. A few years ago she married Guy Watson who is the owner of Riverford Organic and they decided to join forces to give their customers the freshest dishes surrounded by the relaxed atmosphere of a quintessential British pub. They serve wonderful food made with organic, seasonal and local produce. Their wine and beer list is also filled with local and organic products.
Ozone Coffee Roasters
Ozone Coffee has sought to take freshly roasted coffee in London to the next level. They make sure the coffee planters and their families have good lives, and do all the roasting in house to be able to hold on to their goal of producing “quality without compromise.” Their café in London is located near Old Street Station.
Exmouth Market is a little street in London’s design district, Clerkenwell. People owning restaurants and shops on the street and locals all know each other, which makes the street feel like a village within the big city. The street is filled with lovely restaurants (like Moro), cafes (like Caravan, Pistou, Briki and The Exmouth Arms) and shops that sell artisan and local design products (like Botanique and Family Tree).
Maltby Street Market
Also known as the Rope Walk, this little food market underneath old train tracks is filled with all kinds of locally produced, sourced and made food. On weekends the narrow street is filled with food stands and the shops and bars underneath the old train tracks are open and are all independent and unique, selling everything from vintage furniture, to produce from farmers within a local radius. The rope tracks in the neighbourhood also house a few independent beer and gin breweries that open their doors for people to drop by and taste their goods, creating a local community atmosphere.
For a good glass of wine or an interesting cocktail, head over to The Remedy near Regent’s Park. The wine bar was founded by three friends who love wine and good food and who believe that a good glass of wine is the perfect remedy for nearly every problem. The wines at The Remedy are generally made at small wineries, and accompanied by delicious dishes made with seasonal products.
The Zetter Townhouse
The Zetter Group has one larger hotel, two boutique hotels and a restaurant (the Grain Store) under the umbrella of their brand. All of them are focussed on creating sustainable and healthy surroundings for the customer. The Zetter Townhouse, located in Clerkenwell, is a building constructed in such a way that it makes the most of it’s natural light, ensuring they have less need for artificial lighting in the hotel, and reducing their energy use as a result. Besides that they recycle all the glass and paper used by guests and staff and use an energy loop system that recycles as much energy as possible. They made sure to use sustainable products during the renovation of the building and they are able to provide the hotel customers with fresh spring water from a well beneath the hotel itself.
BY: Rêve En Vert