An eco-friendly guide to London

Nowadays, sustainability is on everyone’s minds. We’re all working towards a better future – and our capital city is no exception.

Here’s everything you need to know to be more eco-conscious on your next city break in the capital! Let’s dive into our eco-friendly guide to London.


When planning your trip to The Big Smoke, the first thing to consider is how to get there and travel around once you do. When it comes to sustainable travel, the biggest no-no is driving into the capital which creates the most pollution. Taking a train or coach is far better in terms of CO2 emissions, especially when you think about the number of people who can journey in one go.

Once you make it into the city, travelling by foot is the best for exploring and the best for our planet. Be sure to take advantage of the many parks that London has to offer, there’s more greenery than you think! If you need to go a longer distance why not hop on a bike with Santander Cycles which you can hire all day if you so wish. But don’t fret if this doesn’t quite cut it for where you need to go, the London Underground is still one of the most sustainable ways to travel, with such a small carbon footprint per head in each carriage.


Located in the heart of East London, Arcola Theatre is dedicated to being the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre, featuring solar panels, LED lighting and a theatre heating system which runs off scrap wood! Attending a show at Arcola Theatre is a thought-provoking experience to remember both in the performance and venue.

The Lexi Cinema donates 100% of profits directly to The Sustainability Institute. Supporting education and training in ecological methods for local farms, youth programmes and replanting of indigenous trees, is an incredible institute to support. So catch a film some time to help make a difference.

What to eat

Get your plant-based fast food fix with Club Mexicana’s vegan take on tasty classics. From Fried Chick’n Burritos to BBQ Short ‘Rib’ tacos, you’ll be amazed at just how good vegan can be! With locations in Soho and the Seven Dials Market, there’s no excuse not to stop by.

Halo Burger has teamed up with Beyond Meat to create their signature patty and it’s quickly becoming a vegan favourite. With classics on the menu like the cheeseburger (with Violife cheese) to ‘The Flameburger’ taste adventure, you won’t be disappointed. Located in POP Brixton, you’ll enjoy your scrumptious plant-based burger in a bustling atmosphere.


People entering Camden Market, London, UK, through the gates, under a name sign.

Don’t think a trip to London is complete without a shopping spree? We agree! Whilst fast fashion and overconsumption are massive contributors to climate change, you can shop sustainable or vintage with a clear conscious. Check out a dedicated zero-waste store or rummage through the charity shops to which fashionable Londoners have donated to.

The UK’s capital is bursting with vintage markets and pop-ups where you can find everything from original vinyl to a frock worthy of the runway. Browse Camden Market (where you’ll also find wonderful vegan eats), Portobello Road or the local vintage market on Ladbroke Grove to find some hidden gems.

Where to stay

It won’t surprise you that we recommend our incredible value rooms for a great night’s sleep in London, but let us tell you more about how we can round off your perfect sustainable trip.

Like many other businesses, we’ve made pledges for a better future for our customers, colleagues and the planet. But we’re not just all talk! As part of our 2024 refurbishment programme, old mattresses are 100% diverted from landfill and are instead processed so that 50% of the material is recycled and 50% of the material is used to generate energy.

We’ve also reduced the amount of single-use plastic in the Travelodge linen supply chain, resulting in an over 40-tonne reduction. Plus, we’ve introduced food waste recycling into all our Bar Café hotels which will deliver 400 tonnes disposed of in the correct manner.