It’s got everything, rich in history, cultures from around the world and first class tourist attractions. You could easily spend a month here and not see and do everything.
Where to stay can be a daunting task, central, luxury, quirky, minimalist the choice is yours. Buy, have you ever thought about how sustainable your hotel is? You are in the right place we have greated a quick guide to the best sustainable hotels London.
There are plenty of sustainable hotels in London to choose from. We have narrowed down the list to help you find the best sustainable hotels London, we hope you find your perfect hotel here.
Best sustainable hotels London
Zetter Town House and Hotel
There is one Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell and 2 Zetter Town Houses, one in Marylebone and one in Clerkenwell. The Zetter Hotel was London’s original eco hotel opened in 2004 and was regarded as the first boutique hotel in London built using environmental principles.
The Hotel has been designed as an energy efficient hotel, using sustainably sourced building materials and controlled by an intelligent building management system. Standards are maintained high by regular meetings of a green team, they also implement new initiatives.
Some of their eco practices include a bore hole beneath the building to keep the building cool and for waste water. Energy loops to conserve energy, natural light and passive ventilation. Clever systems that shut off air conditioning when windows are opened and detect room occupation so reduce energy consumption. All glass and paper used in the hotel is recycled. And the list goes on.
The Hotel is also modern and elegant but also full of eclectic features and charm. Rooms are modern with a twist, one of the rooftop suites even has a bath on the roof terrace, one for the less self conscious.
The TownHouses are a bit more traditional with more regal feel to them, with lots of dark wood and bold colours.
Zetter Hotel Address: 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, London, EC1M 5RJ
Treehouse Hotel London
The Treehouse is a special hotel founded on the ideas that inspire a child to build a treehouse and this hotel provides the gateway to iconic London. Located steps away from the famous Bond and Oxford streets it’s a great base to explore London. From its tree top perch you can take in London’s world class views from Regents Park to the Shard and Canary wharf. All rooms have big windows with great views of the city. The Nest rooftop bar with climbing vines and hanging plants truly makes you feel like you are up in the tree canopy of London, and has beautiful panoramic views.
It all centres around sustainability, they have banned single use plastic, used composting and recycling schemes, and locally sourced products.
Treehouse Hotel London Address: 14-15 Langham Place, London W1B 2QS
Ham Yard Hotel Soho
Ham Yard is part of Firmdale hotels designed by Kit Kemp located near London’s West End, its quirky and vibrant and not what you would expect from a classic London hotel. It’s not just a hotel but as well as bedrooms there are apartments, a store, bar, bowling alley and cinema.
Its sustainability is apparent. It has an award of excellence from BREEAM, a methodology used to assess environmental performance of buildings. If you are looking for sustainable but innovative interiors? There are laundry bags made from recycled bottles to bamboo toothbrushes.
They also have solar panels to generate electricity and a living green roof with beehives and vegetable garden. Firmdale group endeavours to promote sustainable development by adhering to or exceeding best practice guidelines. They also work with local charities and employees can spend a day at the charity to see the direct impact of their work.
Ham Yard Hotel Address: 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D 3DH
What makes a hotel eco friendly?
Essentially it’s a hotel that endeavours to minimise the carbon footprint of the business and the people who stay there, usually from the way the hotel is built and run. It also seeks to have a positive impact on its community and environment. However, these are broad and wide terms and could mean many things.
How do you know if a hotel is eco-friendly?
It can be tricky to really know, sometimes you have to trust that the information the hotel shares is accurate.
Some things to look out for:
How does the hotel manage its operation, water and waste management, and energy efficiency?
Do they contribute to the local community in any way?
Where do they source products?
Use of plastic and recycling initiatives.
How do they encourage customers to participate?
Why are eco-friendly hotels important?
Tourism is responsible for circa 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. Although travel is the largest part of this, where you stay is still important when considering a more sustainable trip. See a visual representation from sustainable travel international below.
We hope this guide to the best sustainable hotels london has helped you find a eco-friendly London hotel for your visit. To find out more about sustainable travel click here.
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