Green London is a Handy Visitor's Guide


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If you are thinking of coming to visit London, (not during the Royal Wedding weekend, please) here's a handy little green guide to all the best places.

Best as in environmentally-friendly hotels, restaurants and shops. It's just 2 pages and easily downloaded but it contains a wealth of information.


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This very practical little guide starts with Getting Around: a list of all the public transport available: walking, Barclays Cycle Hire (now available for tourists) and buses and the Tube.

The Where to Eat category includes the wonderful Duke of Cambridge, the award-winning gastro-pub which was the first ever to be certified by the Soil Association. Acorn House is also listed, as it should be. It is London's first environmentally sustainable restaurant with a commitment to composting waste and a ban on air-freighted produce, as well as hiring young people from the area to teach them the restaurant business.

Where to Visit includes many favourites such as farmers' markets, Kew Gardens, the environmental Arcola Theatre and Chelsea Physic Gardens.


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Where to Stay is always a tough one because hotel prices can be astronomical in London. But if you have one wish, make it the Savoy. Run by the environmentally-minded Fairmont Hotels, it has recently been refurbished to the highest green standards.

The energy efficient technologies and other improvements installed will result in a 40 per cent reduction in overall energy consumption and an annual carbon reduction of around 3,000 tons. The Green Butler will advise guests on the areas of the city using cutting-edge sustainable technologies, eco restaurants, eco bars, environmental architecture, and eco-retail.

Leftover food from the kitchen and hotel restaurants will be collected daily and sent to a biomass-to-energy renewable power plant; this system of diverting kitchen waste from landfill will save an estimated £22,000 a year, reduce CO2 by 11 tons and create enough electricity to power 20 per cent of the guestroom lights. Menus in all of the hotel's restaurants will use organic produce from local growers and an herb garden has been developed in adjacent gardens.

Where to Shop includes clothing and natural food markets.
See you soon!

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