The Best Sustainable Hotels to Book in London, UK
London's crop of eco-conscious hotels are working to make your stay a sustainable one | Courtesy of Treehouse London / Expedia
Solar power, hybrid vehicles, reclaimed wood and eco-amenities such as bamboo toothbrushes are just some of the ways London’s eco hotels are helping to save the planet. Do your part with a stay at our pick of eco hotels in London – bookable with Culture Trip.
The UK capital has its fair share of weird and wonderful hotels, and many are now taking it to the next level with ecoconscious additions that reduce their carbon footprint. Inspired by the actions of passionate eco-warriors such as Greta Thunberg, sustainable features are cropping up in all shapes and sizes. Boreholes, solar panels and bamboo toothbrushes are just some of the ingredients that make for a true eco hotel in London.
The London Edition, Soho, for contemporary luxury
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The London Edition exudes contemporary luxury, pairing violet neon lighting with emerald velvet sofas and ornate ceiling coving. In a move that would make Sir David Attenborough proud, the sleek establishment has taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by stocking rooms with eco-conscious amenities such as bamboo toothbrushes, paper straws and compostable coffee cups. Decor is similarly rustic and refined thanks to wood-panelled walls, faux-fur throws and forest-green rugs. Evenings can be enjoyed inside the art-clad Berners Tavern, where library-style shelves (stacked with booze rather than books) are lit by lemon-yellow lights – a fitting setting to sip on a neoclassic martini.
Qbic Hotel, Whitechapel, for quirky environmental initiatives
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Situated in the artistic hive of East London, QBic Hotel’s ethos is fuelled by a green ideology, while its energy-efficient lighting is fuelled by rooftop solar panels. Further steps are taken to ensure a sustainable stay, as they encourage minimal water usage with aptly named (and environmentally friendly) Stop-the-Water-While-Using-Me toiletries. Crashpad rooms are decorated with revitalised objects such as tangled hosepipe lampshades, while sun-yellow walls add an element of warmth, and organic super-king-sized mattresses provide starfish-friendly comfort. Love an evening tipple? If you stay more than two nights, your first drink is on the house – but you’ll have to go green and skip a room clean on one day to claim it.
The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge, for star quality
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Built in the image of a classic 19th-century townhouse, the Lanesborough’s decadent setting has proved a magnet for A-listers and was the backdrop for Stanley Kubrick’s star-studded vehicle Eyes Wide Shut. At the heart of the gilded hotel is an eco-conscious mentality: a fleet of hybrid vehicles reduces emissions during airport transfers, a ban on single-use plastic has resulted in an influx of sustainable amenities, and there is the option to book a green stay and have a tree planted in Hyde Park on your behalf. There’s an equally thoughtful approach in Michelin-star restaurant Céleste, where you can peruse extensive vegan menus under diamond chandeliers, and in the decadent gold spa which uses completely natural and all-organic treatments.
Locke at Broken Wharf, St Pauls, for a serene stay
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Sitting near the banks of the Thames, this hotel puts a creative spin on eco-centric style with soothing sage walls, flourishes of greenery and sleek marble detailing. The exposed industrial features of the co-working spaces are strangely reminiscent of a desertscape – blanketed by a sandy palette and dotted with cacti. This naturalistic aesthetic reflects their green initiatives, which include ordering only 100% recyclable paper, minimising plastic usage and partnering with Green Tourism to continuously strive to be more sustainable. Mornings are best spent tucking into New York-style bagels at Deli Cat & Sons, before connecting with mind and body at one of the regular yoga classes in the riverside fitness studio.
Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, for pastoral scenes in the middle of the city
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Standing tall in Central Soho, Ham Yard Hotel has wholeheartedly embraced the blossoming green movement. Commended for its excellent sustainability, they have implemented energy-saving solar panels and insulation, alongside a living rooftop that is home to a bucolic vegetable garden and beehives. A terrace bar is infused with elements of English country – arched branches are draped with low-hanging lights over wicker furniture – a snug setting to enjoy a hot G&T in the winter months. Kit Kemp-designed rooms have diverse themes that are fittingly pastoral: stormy clouds roll across the wallpaper of one, while another pairs Persian rugs with autumnal art.
Haymarket Hotel, West End, for sustainable showering
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This elegant Georgian townhouse is a short amble from the famous pigeon-lined pavements of Trafalgar Square and can name the Theatre Royal among its well-to-do neighbours. Every floor of Haymarket Hotel welcomes in a flood of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, illuminating upholstered plinth sofas, raspberry-red cushions and embedded shelves lined with honey-stained vintage literature. Endeavouring to be eco-conscious, designer Kit Kemp has created a sustainable collection of products that are used throughout – recyclable paraben-free RikRak toiletries appear in bathrooms with bamboo toothbrushes, sewing kits are made from bioplastic, and the laundry bags are created from reused plastic bottles.
Treehouse London, Marylebone, for a leafy paradise
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Retreat into the (reclaimed) wood walls of this cloud-brushing bolthole and you’ll encounter a green paradise in every sense of the word. Rooms are a portal back to childhood – silver birch tree trunks pierce through bathroom tiling, endearing sloth toys sit on organic bedding, and cushioned window nooks are perfect for sipping tea while gazing at views of cinematic city landmarks. Fabricated around the concept of sustainability, Treehouse London has minimised single-use plastics and committed to a recycling and composting scheme. Locally sourced products are also dotted around the rooms, while Mexican restaurant Madera lives up to the eco-conscious hype with an array of organic ingredients.
Good Hotel London, Royal Victoria Docks, for fresh design
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Fuelled by a green and generous mindset, the Good Hotel seeks to do their part by providing sustainable funding for their charity partner, Niños de Guatemala, with a portion of every booking going towards education for low-income families. Fresh and minimalistic, rooms stick to sleek wooden furnishings and crisp, white bedding with prismatic mint-coloured throws. Breakfast made from locally sourced ingredients is served in the Living Room, a contemporary space for socialising and work furnished with communal tables and trendy neon signs. On London’s (rare) sunny days, order a craft beer or two on the roof, or work up a sweat on the Victoria Dock Parkrun that starts right outside the hotel entrance.
The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell, for thoughtful amenities
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In a contemporary contrast to its whimsical storybook interior, this Georgian townhouse hotel has taken forward-thinking sustainable steps: a borehole under the building provides water, recycling schemes are followed to the letter, and bicycles can be hired for an eco-conscious day of exploration. Sustainable credentials aside, rooms at the Zetter Townhouse are brimming with old-world furnishings and eclectic curiosities such as antique trunks and four-poster beds canopied by vintage British flags. The expansive apartments take you on a visual voyage – an intricate model ship sits below a pair of elephant illustrations, while bottled Townhouse cocktails, Roberts radios and an immersive Sonos sound system are the perfect ingredients for a great night in.
Artist Residence London, Chelsea, for imaginative interiors
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Sitting pretty between ice cream-coloured Chelsea townhouses and the regal streets of Westminster, Artist Residence is making sustainability stylish with an enchanting collection of reclaimed furniture such as revitalised chocolate-leather armchairs and countryfied tweed headboards. Further cementing its sustainable approach, the hotel runs recycling initiatives, uses eco-friendly cleaning products and stocks minibars full of local treats. If you have the budget, the Neo-Romantic suites come with luxurious extras including freestanding cast-iron baths and bespoke emerald sofas. Meanwhile, its restaurant is all about seasonal produce, and you can dine on parmesan truffle fries or stacks of pancakes under the candy-striped canopies of the terrace. Descend afterwards into the bewitching depths of the cocktail cellar to sip on literary-inspired concoctions such as the divinely smokey Alice in Wonderland.
These recommendations were updated on December 7, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.