Green Guide London

From the rich history of the Houses of Parliament to the bright lights of the bars and restaurants in Shoreditch, London is a hive of activity and energy.

That's why we've created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit London.

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Conscious places to stay in London

Being the capital of England means London has an abundance of eco-friendly hotels and hostels to choose from, whether you crave luxury and opulence or a simpler stay you'll find exactly what you're looking for in this lively city. 

London places to stay

Corinthia London

BEST FOR: Families and couples who want an opulent and sustainable hotel

ADDRESS: The Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, Westminster, London, SW1A 2BD


For couples wanting a luxurious getaway, the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster is a total dream. Think five-star opulence without compromising on the all-important eco-friendly touches that are so important.

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Ham Yard

BEST FOR: Couples looking for a stylish getaway

ADDRESS: 1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT


Located in Soho, Ham Yard has won awards for its energy efficiency, achieving an Excellent Energy Efficiency Performance rating. It also has a living roof terrace featuring a kitchen garden and two bee hives with a full compliment of honey bees.

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One Aldwych

BEST FOR: Couples looking for eco-friendly chic

ADDRESS: 1 Aldwych, West End, London, WC2B 4BZ


One Aldwych Hotel has always been known for its luxury status, but it is also one of London’s most eco-friendly hotels. Adopting environmentally conscious initiatives like bio-degradable packaging for in-room amenities and a chlorine free swimming pool, the hotel also boasts the Indigo restaurant which is perfect for vegan friendly, dairy and gluten-free romantic dinners.

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The Good Hotel

BEST FOR: Family owned and eco-conscious overnight stays

ADDRESS: Royal Victoria Dock, Western Gateway, London, E16 1FA


Good Hotel believe in hotels that are beautiful and have a positive impact on the communities they are in. It is a social business, meaning excess profits go to good causes around the world.

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Treehouse London

BEST FOR: Families who want a stay with a difference in Central London

ADDRESS: 14-15 Langham Place, London, W1B 2QS


Treehouse London strives to be 100 per cent sustainable, offering a composting and recycling programme. The hotel is situated in the heart of
London with world class views of The London Eye, The Shard and Regent’s Park, and bedrooms are all fitted with organic cotton sheets and locally-sourced products.

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Zetter Hotel

BEST FOR: Couples and solo-travellers looking for eco-friendly luxury

ADDRESS: St Johns Square, 86-88 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5RJ


The Zetter Hotel in Clerkenwell is situated a pleasant walk from London King’s Cross Station. As a hotel that has its own sustainable design policy, it boasts paint and timber features that are sustainably sourced.

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Sustainable places to eat in London

Are you craving the ultimate sustainable breakfast? The vegan meal of your dreams? Or perhaps you want a coffee that will tantilise your tastebuds? London has everything you want for green cuisine and more.

London places to eat

222 Vegan

BEST FOR: Vegans looking for freshly prepared, delicious food

ADDRESS: 222 North End Road, Hammersmith, London, W14 9NU


Receiving rave reviews on vegan eating directory The Happy Cow, 222 Vegan in West Kensington is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat when you’re out and about sightseeing.

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CARAVAN Coffee Roasters

BEST FOR: Those on the move exploring the city

ADDRESS: 1 Granary Square London, N1C 4AA


Caravan is a perfect place to stop and grab an eco-friendly coffee. The chain prides itself on its zero tolerance plastic straws policy and only uses 100 per cent compostable cups. Caravan only buys produce that is locally and sustainably sourced, making it the perfect choice for a green meal.

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Clerkenwell Kitchen

BEST FOR: Travellers looking for a sustainable breakfast

ADDRESS: 27-31 Clerkenwell Close London, EC1R 0AT


Clerkenwell Kitchen offers a seasonal menu made with sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. Its menu changes daily, so there is plenty of guilt free options to choose from, from soups to sandwiches, and afternoon tea.

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Cookery School

BEST FOR: Foodies who want to learn how to cook sustainably

ADDRESS: 15b Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BW


Cookery School’s aim is to take people back to honest, homely cooking by enhancing cooking skills and using high quality, primarily organic, sustainable ingredients.

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The Duke of Cambridge

BEST FOR: Those who love good pub grub – that’s also sourced sustainably

ADDRESS: 30, Peter’s Street, London, N1 8JT


The Duke of Cambridge is Britain’s first certified organic pub, with all of its food being sustainable. The restaurant also minimises its environmental impact by collecting food waste to generate energy via an anaerobic digestor, and 100 per cent of its ingredients are certifiable organic.

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BEST FOR: Foodies who care where their food comes from

ADDRESS: 157 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8HX


Franklins has been an East Dulwich staple since it opened in 1999 and is committed to carefully sourcing local food from organic farms in London, Kent or South England. The restaurant also has a farm shop, where much of the produce comes from farms in Kent.

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Grow Hackney

BEST FOR: Community minded music and art lovers

ADDRESS: Main Yard, 98C Wallis Road, London, E9 5LN


Grow Hackney is an independent creative space, bar and kitchen located right by the River Lea. Its food is largely plant based and it has worked with
local businesses to source as ethically and locally as possible.

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Peckham Levels

BEST FOR: Eco-conscious foodies looking to support local business

ADDRESS: 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST


Peckham Levels is all about supporting local restaurateurs, creative types and lots more. Created with the local community, Peckham Levels champions local talent and encourages a more inclusive regeneration.

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BEST FOR: Couples who are conscious of their carbon footprint

ADDRESS: Unit 7 Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN


Silo is a great restaurant in Hackney Wick only a short train ride from London King’s Cross station. Its zero-waste ethos sits at the heart of the business and the team only chooses local ingredients.

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BEST FOR: Hungry art lovers

ADDRESS: Lancaster Place, London, WC2R 1LA


Located in the stunning neo-classical Somerset House, Spring uses seasonal produce in its menu and in 2019 became the first restaurant in the UK to
eliminate single-use plastic from its premises.

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Ecological things to do in London

From shopping in vintage stores, to bursts of nature in parks and Wetlands, all the way to theatres for a more dramatic taste, you'll never be bored in London.

London things to do

69B Boutique

BEST FOR: Fashionistas who want a sustainable and ethical wardrobe

ADDRESS: 69b Broadway Market, London, E8 4PH


The 69B Boutique has been open on Broadway Market for 10 years, and was one of the original sustainable fashion stores in London. Here you’ll find a beautifully curated treasure trove of cool and emerging sustainable brands from around the world paired with a desire to make the fashion industry more transparent and conscious.

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Arcola Theater

BEST FOR: Theatre goers who love their plays carbon neutral

ADDRESS: 24 Ashwin Street, London, E8 3DL


The Arcola Theatre aims to be London’s first carbon neutral theatre, and since 2012 has cut its carbon footprint by 25% per cent. Built from re-used brick and timber, with 24 square meters of solar panels, and a bar stocked with drinks sourced within four miles of the theatre, Arcola blends local sustainability with international theatre.

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Dalston Eastern Curve Garden

BEST FOR: Travellers wanting a tranquil break from city life

ADDRESS: 13 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF


This Dalston garden was established in 2010 to bring a green space and increased biodiversity to one of the most built up parts of London. The garden acts as a community space with events and workshops throughout the year, including its ‘Inspired by Nature’ programme which aims to teach local children through gardening, giving them the opportunity to nurture their own piece of nature.

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Greenwich Park

BEST FOR: Those who love to explore the great outdoors

ADDRESS: Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London, SE10 8QY


If you are looking for the ideal weekend stroll with your loved ones or your friends, Greenwich Park is a brilliant choice being a stone’s throw from a variety of antique and flea markets. What better opportunity to recycle the old and avoid buying new.

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Kew Gardens

BEST FOR: Anyone who loves to experience the outdoors

ADDRESS: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE


Kew Gardens is famous for its stunning plant collection, attracting nature lovers from all around the world eager to explore its rich abundance of exotic and beautiful plants. Don’t miss seeing the Agius Evolution Garden and beautiful walks around the Great Broad Walk Borders.

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London Wetland Centre

BEST FOR: Families who want to explore a world of wetland nature

ADDRESS: Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, London, SW13 9WT


London Wetland Centre protects wetlands and wildlife – perfect for families to discover during a trip to the capital city. Visitors can meet adorable otters and get up high to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the incredible wetlands – plenty of fun for all ages.

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Portobello Road Market

BEST FOR: Second-hand scouting

ADDRESS: 306 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TA


Portobello Road Market is filled with an array of stalls, located from Westbourne Grove all the way to Goldbourne Road. Local fruit and vegetables, vintage clothing stores and antique finds are among the hidden gems that await to be discovered.

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The Junk Shop

BEST FOR: Any eco-conscious shopper looking for a bargain

ADDRESS: The Junk Shop, 9 Greenwich S Street, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NW


Fan of recycling? Well, there’s no better place to put it into practice than in London. The city has a heap of thrift, vintage and second-hand stores that are too good to miss. 

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Doing our bit for the environment

A message from our Managing Director;

Like you, LNER loves our country, from the rolling green fields of Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park to the ruins of ancient settlements at Tynemouth Priory and Castle. Everyone at LNER desperately wants to preserve our country’s natural beauty, heritage and landmarks and ensure everything we love stays the way it is for the next generations to enjoy. As a business, we are not afraid to do things differently, and if there’s a better way, LNER will find it. So, LNER created the LNER Green Guide; a one-stop shop to staying sustainable when you visit London, Edinburgh and Newcastle – some of the UK’s most vibrant cities along our route in 2021 and beyond.

With tips and contributions from local people, tourism organisations and LNER colleagues, the LNER Green Guide gives you the inside track on the very best eco-friendly attractions and sustainable places to stay, eat and drink in these three fantastic cities.

So whether you are planning to see the London Eye, organising an excursion to Arthur’s Seat or spreading your wings to drop in on the Angel of the North, you can now do it in an eco-friendly way with as low an impact as possible on the environment.

LNER hopes you enjoy the tips and don’t forget to share your trip on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, making sure you tag @LNER with #GreenGuide so everyone can see everything you’ve been up to. Enjoy the journey!

David Horne, LNER Managing Director

LNER Environmental Policy

We’re committed to reducing our environmental impact and improving our environmental performance as an integral and fundamental part of our business.

Here’s how. 


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