Sustainable Things to Do in London

By Amy Wakeham

1 year ago

From a B Corp barnet to a spin class that powers the lights


There’s lots to do in the Great British capital – but not all of them feel green. If you’re looking for sustainable activities, we’ve got you covered.

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Sustainable Things To Do In London

Catch A Show At Arcola Theatre

Trailblazing east London theatre Arcola doesn’t just platform the most daring shows and up-and-coming talent, but it also aims to be the world’s first net zero theatre. It has reduced its footprint by 25 per cent since 2012, and has installed 24 square metres of solar panels to generate electricity, as well as a waste wood-fired heating system for carbon-neutral heating. arcolatheatre.com

A man moving vegetables at Growing Underground

Eat Local With Growing Underground

Thirty-three metres below the streets of Clapham, there’s a food revolution happening. Growing Underground cultivates microgreens and salad leaves in its farm, its hydroponic system using 70 per cent less water than traditional farming methods. Book a tour or buy its produce in M&S, Whole Foods, or online. growing-underground.com

Greenery and a table in a cafe

Lunch And Learn At The Garden Museum

Celebrating British gardening past and present, the Garden Museum is a totally unique space next door to Lambeth Palace, and a treasure trove of invaluable resources for gardeners of all levels. Visitors can explore its exhibitions, permanent collection and beautiful gardens, and its award-winning café serves seasonal British cuisine and low-intervention wines. gardenmuseum.org.uk

Sweat It Out At Terra Hale

The capital’s first eco-friendly fitness chain, Terra Hale (which means ‘strong earth’) has three studios in Shepherd’s Bush, Fulham and Notting Hill. Here, the spin classes power the lights, everything from the yoga mats to the reclaimed-wood floors and the rubber floor are made from recycled materials, and the walls are lined with air-purifying plants. A feel-good factor that won’t be beaten. terrahale.com

The Lexi Cinema at dusk

See A Flick At The Lexi Cinema

London’s only social-enterprise cinema, the Lexi in Kensal Rise is run by volunteers and donates 100 per cent of its distributable profits to The Sustainability Institute in South Africa. This in turn runs educational and food programmes and ecological research initiatives, supporting the local community, businesses and nature. thelexicinema.co.uk

Take A Course At Edible Landscapes London

Edible Landscapes is a not-for-profit community project in Finsbury Park, north London, that specialises in forest gardening – a food growing design system that mimics natural ecosystems. Its courses, hosted by Edible Landscape’s expert team, act as an introduction to all things permaculture, from sowing seeds to composting. ediblelandscapeslondon.org.uk

Chairs facing mirrors at Blue Tit Salon

Book A Haircut At A Blue Tit Salon

A certified B Corp business and the first hairdressing group to attain the status, Blue Tit can be found across London. Not only does it do great hair, but you can leave feeling assured that your appointment had a minimal impact on the environment. It uses renewable energy, a zero-to-landfill waste management system, and is passionate about equal opportunities for all. bluetitlondon.com

Hunt For Vintage Gems

London is a haven for vintage boutiques, stuffed with fashion jewels from the last few decades and beyond. Head to Nordic Poetry in Bethnal Green for its curated style edits; Laura Von Behr for flirty floral prints and fabulous frocks prints and Found and Vision on Portobello for its high-fashion finds.

People walking down Pavilion Road in the sun

Shop Consciously At Pavilion Road, Chelsea

Run by the Cadogan Estate, a member of the Better Buildings Partnership Climate Commitment, Pavilion Road is a haven of small, independent businesses, many with strong eco credentials. It offers a peaceful place to stop for a coffee and the chance to do a spot of shopping in the heart of Chelsea. pavilionroad.co.uk

Eat At The Canteen Collective

A group of three restaurants around London, and one in Sevenoaks, Canteen Collective is working hard to achieve its goal of reaching net zero by 2025. From meat to vegetables, all its produce is locally sourced. In fact, it recently announced its Ealing branch was actually climate positive – removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than it emits. canteen-collective.com

Featured Image: Pavilion Road.


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