Green Walking Tours of London's Eco-Highlights
Here's a walking tour that shows a green and sustainable side of London that most Londoners don't even know about. Insider London's Green Tours offer three hours of hard walking and bussing around the town, focussing on the most pioneering, sustainable-design goings-on in the city. The tour takes in the buildings, shops and architecture that make visitors see the city with new eyes. The "Cutting Edge Green" tour stops at brand new buildings which have been built according to sustainable principles; complete with green roof and solar panels. It visits retro-fitted developments and floating barge communities. It also includes organic shops, a fair trade chocolate boutique and a chi-chi hotel. They even ride on a hydrogen bio-diesel eco-bus (who knew!). And for the food and drink stop: a favourite vegan restaurant--Root Master, housed in a decommissioned Route Master double decker bus, parked in a funky part of the east end (pictured).
Started by an ex-eco designer and ethical marketer, this new company will custom design bespoke tours for small groups as well. They are working on more ideas including one tour devoted to ethical fashion, another on green retail and another on green architects. Since the tour guide/owner is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about her subject and city; green tourists and just curious tourists come away with deep and important information rather than the usual "on your left we have..." banter of most tours. Worth a try on a trip to London, or just an outing for an afternoon when you are looking for something different to do. :: Insider London
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