Sustainable days out in London

From making the most of the city’s spectacular parks to picking up goodies at a vintage shop, there are countless ways to enjoy a sustainable day out in London.
Tree-lined path in London's Hyde Park on a sunny day.
Stroll through gorgeous Hyde Park. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Plan an eco-friendly day out in the city, from sustainable shopping to trendy dining and green spaces galore.

Sustainable shopping in London 

  • Add classic styles to your wardrobe from vintage stores like Pop Boutique and Retromania London, or spend hours getting lost in the vintage haven that is Brick Lane
  • Shop zero waste at a bring-your-own-container store, including BYO in Tooting Market and Unpackaged at Planet Organic.
  • Give back and visit Mary’s Living and Giving shops, where you can pick up hidden gems and trendy pieces, and a portion of what you pay goes to a good cause. 
  • Find trinkets, handmade crafts and bargain goods at a London market
  • Pick up fresh flowers on Sundays at Columbia Road Flower Market
  • Make your way to Old Spitalfields Market for everything from designer brands to small boutiques. 
  • Explore the best of London’s sustainable shopping destinations.

Eco-friendly activities 

  • Grab a friend and a Santander Cycle and head out on an eco-friendly tour of the city. Make sure to check out the best cycle routes in London!  
  • Discover a side to the city you’ve never seen before on a walking tour
  • Take in spectacular views of the city from above at Sky Garden, where the highest public garden in London is filled with flora from all nations. The outside of the building also features a living wall designed to reduce air pollution. 
  • Sit back and relax at The Lexi Cinema, where you can catch the latest flicks at a venue with charity and sustainability at its core, from sweets served in refillable glass jars and prioritising recycling, to donating profits to sustainability charities. 
  • Boogie back to the 70s with ABBA Voyage and watch a fabulous virtual concert at the purpose-built ABBA Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, designed to be transported to other locations for future tours.
  • Try and catch a glimpse of the city from the 178-metre (584ft) slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit, made from 60% recycled steel and standing proud as London’s tallest sculpture.
  • Learn about ancient civilisations at the British Museum, keep the kids entertained with exciting exhibitions at the Science Museum or visit Sophie the Stegosaurus at the Natural History Museum, which have all committed to reducing carbon emissions. 
  • Watch talented performers take to the stage at Arcola Theatre in Dalston, which has taken huge strides in its aim to be the first carbon neutral theatre in the world.

Discover London’s green spaces 

The view from Greenwich Park featuring the Old Royal Naval College and Canary Wharf.

  • Take a trip to Kew Gardens, a Unesco World Heritage Site, to stroll among 50,000 types of plants, from giant waterlilies to carnivorous greenery and flowers in every colour.
  • Explore London’s world-famous Royal Parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and St James’s Park, and understand why the city is the world’s first National Park City.
  • Spot deer as they roam freely in Richmond Park and Bushy Park, or admire unparalleled views of London from the top of Primrose Hill
  • Perch on the hill at Greenwich Park to take in 360-degree views of the City from above.
  • Head to one of London’s many community gardens to sit among blooms planted to build community spirit and sustainable environments. 
  • Make your way up to the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden that is home to more than 200 wild plant species, as well as a cafe and bar.

Sustainable and zero-waste food and drink

  • Eat plant-based at Clean Kitchen Club, from hearty burgers and katsu bowls to green smoothies and fruit salads. The restaurant uses sustainable packaging and aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. 
  • Visit what was once an abandoned paper factory that has now been transformed into Mercato Metropolitano, a vibrant hub of food stalls and drinking spots under one roof, while focusing on environmental impact and building communities.
  • Dig your teeth into Silo, a stylish Michelin-star zero-waste restaurant, which uses clean farming and fresh produce to create deliciously simple meals. 
  • Spend a whole day at The Culpeper and have lunch at the pub before heading to the rooftop for drinks or the first-floor restaurant. 
  • Indulge all the senses at Nine Lives bar, decorated with towering plants and fairy lights, with a mission to create yummy cocktails and minimise waste. 
  • Head to The Discarded Terrace at The Pickled Hen to enjoy sustainable food and signature cocktails made from materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

Green hotels in London 

An image of Stow-Away, London apart-hotel, with a mini Lower Marsh Market flower truck parked outside.

  • Lay your head down on a bed made entirely out of renewable and sustainable materials at three-star The Corner Hotel, London City, located less than a mile from the Tower of London
  • Experience the star treatment at London’s five-star Ham Yard Hotel, which boasts a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent rating, as well as a spa, afternoon tea and roof terrace.
  • Stay in five-star luxury in the heart of Leicester Square at The Londoner, which uses a range of technologies to maintain its sustainable credentials. 
  • Unwind in Stow Away’s sustainable paradise, where the building is made from abandoned shipping containers and uses electricity generated by solar panels. 
  • Plan a stay at some of the best sustainable hotels in London.
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