By Esme Bourne|
October 5, 2021|
5 min read
As travel restrictions finally ease and life beyond the pandemic emerges, London’s iconic hotel scene is back and not to be missed. From classic boutiques to opulent grand and gilded estates, to the hip and cool hotels, London is leading the way for the perfect city break. Seeking a romantic weekend, cosying up in a sanctuary of well-being or a friend-filled get-away, the city has a wealth of exciting and one-of-a-kind experiences that will suit everyone.
No other city does hotel stays quite like the iconic capital. From the finest locally sourced foods to experimental cocktails and irresistible, cushiony beds, London offers you a stay to remember. But when planning a staycation in the city, why not make it an eco-friendly adventure?
Here is our round-up of the best sustainable hotels to stay in London that merge first-class service alongside eco-friendly practices. So your stay in the city can be as green as can be.
Treehouse Hotel – Marylebone
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Come and play in London! Featuring its own treehouse rooftop bar and terrace, this eco-friendly hotel reminisces in the idyllic outdoors and is full of life and character. Nestled in the vibrant Marylebone and just across the street from the busy Oxford Circus, the Treehouse Hotel is the quirky and refined place to stay in the city.
This five-floor hotel has sustainability at its centre, sourcing local produce, banning single-use plastic, and using composting and recycling schemes. Treehouse guests are also encouraged to swap pre-owned books in their coffee shop in support of Book Aid. And let’s not forget the mouth-watering vegan food. Eat at the beautiful Mexican Toca Madera rooftop restaurant and choose the vegan breakfast with scrambled tofu, black bean puree, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocado and papas bravas. For the evening, why not choose the boozy tequila tofu with pesto-marinated tomatoes and piquillo peppers.
All treehouse rooms feature bay windows so you can enjoy the view of London while cosying up for the evening in soft organic cotton sheets. The treehouse is designed for adults but with the adventure of kids in mind. Morning yoga to evenings filled with DJs, there’s something for everyone at the Treehouse Hotel.
Address: 14-15 Langham Pl, London W1B 2QS
Website: Treehouse Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel – Soho
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Ham Yard Hotel brings nature to the forefront when staying in the capital. Sitting in the bustling Soho, near shops, theatres and restaurants, this hotel offers first-class service to you and the environment. Having been awarded the BREEAM excellent rating, a sustainability assessment method for buildings, eco-conscious practices are at the beating heart of this hotel.
Having opened in 2014, the Ham Yard Hotel uses solar panels to generate electricity and has a green rooftop complete with beehives and a vegetable garden. The interiors are designed with the environment in mind. Rooms come with bamboo toothbrushes, coat hangers made from reclaimed wood and laundry bags made from recycled plastic. Being kinder to the planet is an ethos that Ham Yard Hotel swears by.
The colourful boutique is tucked behind a tree-filled courtyard where guests can take refuge from the bustling city. This urban village even includes its very own bowling alley, theatre, library and rooftop bar. This hotel is fit to bursting with elegant character, and the Ham Yard Hotel is not to be missed when staying in the city.
Address: 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT
Website: Ham Yard Hotel
One Aldwych – Covent Garden
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This cultured hotel prides itself on its eco-friendly practices and won the Luxury Eco Certification Standard for its sustainability initiatives. One Aldwych truly reflects the progress London has made to push sustainability boundaries while still holding onto the elegant and sophisticated style that’s associated with a London hotel.
Recycling schemes, biodegradable packaging, water reduction systems and locally sourced produce features at this hotel. A new rooftop features beehives and a bee-friendly garden, while the underground pool is chlorine-free.
At the Indigo restaurant, all food is gluten and dairy-free and includes a delicious vegan tasting menu. From Watercress soup with roasted hazelnuts, courgette flowers with confit pepper and a mango and pineapple Alaska, the food is as delightful as the hotel.
This is a luxury boutique located in Covent Garden with its beloved cobbled streets and iconic piazza. Offering 5-star service to those that love being near the theatre scene in London, this English Heritage Edwardian property is full of quintessential London glamour.
Address: 1 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ
Website: One Aldwych
Artist Residence – Westminster
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This quirky boutique hotel is effortlessly cool with a unique and vibrant character that’s not to be missed. Aligned with eco-conscious values, this hotel nestled in Westminster is setting the trend for environmentally friendly travel.
From recycling schemes, using reclaimed materials and wood to make furniture and using natural skincare products, this homely townhouse-style hotel is the sustainable place to stay.
Located near Chelsea, Tate Britain and the iconic Westminster, the Artists Residence features ten bedrooms making your London stay comfortable and intimate. Head downstairs to find a cosy café for long brunches or find your perfect aperitif at the lively cocktail bar.
Address: 52 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QQ
Website: Artist Residence
The Zetter Townhouse – Clerkenwell
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Featuring elegant original characteristics and sophisticated interiors, this 19th-century Georgian Townhouse hotel, situated in Clerkenwell, is full of character and charm. Including an award-winning cocktail lounge, this cosy and intimate boutique hotel features just 13 bedrooms, so you can escape the hustle and bustle and find an oasis of calm in this stylish and sophisticated home-from-home.
Part of the Zetter Group, an independent hotel collection that promotes sustainability, the hotel is committed to reducing its impact on the planet. Sustainability is at the core of The Zetter Townhouse. Featuring eco-friendly technologies such as the self-sustaining water pump and an energy loop system that heats rooms while cooling refrigerators. All timber and paints are eco-friendly, and the interiors include vintage and reupholstered furniture.
Address: 49-50 St John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ
Website: The Zetter Townhouse
The Beaumont – Mayfair
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A 5-star hotel located in the heart of Mayfair, The Beaumont is situated in a grand Art Deco building featuring old glamour interiors and aesthetics that is picture perfect-worthy. Nestled close to galleries and museums in Mayfair and the West End, this is a prime position when it comes to choosing where to rest your head in London. Mixing old-world glamour with modern-day innovations, pioneering eco-conscious initiatives are used throughout the hotel. From reducing single-use plastics, food, water or energy waste and serving delicious vegan dishes, the Beaumont hotel has sustainability at its forefront.
In 2018, The Beaumont achieved the Gold recycled standard and was awarded silver by Green Tourism, while also being recognised with a certificate of Excellence in its annual GIFTTS awards for its sustainability efforts. The hotel also works with Clean Conscience, a charity that recovers and repurposes hotel toiletries.
Address: 8 Balderton St, Brown Hart Gardens, London W1K 6TF
Website: The Beaumont