Go green on your trip to London
As more and more people travel the globe, the call to do so responsibly becomes more urgent. From recent headlines revealing the true extent of plastic pollution, to the power of purchasing items from a retailer with sustainable principles, the issue is unlikely to go away in the near future.
There are a number of simple ways to ensure that your trip to London has a minimal negative impact on the environment. Here are just a few of them:
Walk and cycle your way around the capital
As we move into summer and the weather continues to improve, there will be more opportunities to eschew motorised forms of transport. Many of London’s world-class attractions, from the museums of Kensington to Hyde Park, are within walking distance of Royal Garden Hotel.
The Santander Cycles scheme offers 11,500 bikes to hire easily from more than 750 docking stations, making it convenient to explore the capital on two wheels. Pick one up from Thurloe Street in Kensington, not far from the Natural History Museum.
Invest in a chic reusable mug
Discovering the hidden gems of London is best achieved with a coffee in hand, and disposable cups have come under much scrutiny recently. Become part of the solution by investing in a reusable cup; rest assured, there are lots of beautifully-designed options available.
Among these is the KeepCup, which is made using tempered glass and sustainably-sourced natural cork. Pick up a branded version of the KeepCup, which will make a great souvenir, from Kensington Coffee on Church Street or the Design Museum.
Take advantage of the Refill London scheme
It is important to stay hydrated during your sightseeing, but only half of the single-use plastic bottles people drink out of in London are recycled. A new scheme called Refill London has made it simpler to stay refreshed with a reusable water bottle.
Simply look for the turquoise and orange Refill London stickers in the windows of Refill Stations or download the Refill app. Just do not forget to pop your reusable bottle in your bag when you head out of the hotel for the day.
Dine at environmentally-conscious restaurants
Food is, of course, an area where it is vital to ensure that ingredients are sourced responsibly and establishments have sustainable practices in place. Among the eateries in the vicinity of Royal Garden Hotel, Feng Sushi at Notting Hill Gate is one that exemplifies this ethos. Enjoy handcrafted sushi, sharing platters and vegan delights at this forward-thinking Japanese restaurant.
Alternatively, The Clerkenwell Kitchen is a good option due to its seasonal, organic and free-range produce cooked to order. With just six dishes on the lunch menu at any one time, waste is reduced and quality guaranteed.
Shop at retailers with an eye for eco matters
Use your purchase power to pick up natural and organic items from Whole Foods in Kensington. As well as groceries or items for a picnic in nearby Hyde Park, there are quality beauty products, flowers and packaged coffee that make wonderful gifts and souvenirs.
The Third Estate is a vegan shoe shop based in Camden that allows you to wear stylish footwear that is good for both your image and the environment. Whether you are in need of a new pair of heels or running shoes, you will find an ethically-produced pair to suit your requirements.
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