Planning a trip to the British capital? We’ve put together a sustainable guide for a more eco-friendly trip to London, so you can have a great trip while lowering your impact. With places to shop, have a meal or engage with a community, we’ve included ways to make your visit more positive for the planet with these sustainable brands in London!
This boutique fashion shop is a paradise for anyone who loves eco-friendly and sustainable fashion brands. They have more than 70 brands of clothing, shoes, jewelry and beauty products. Among them you can find Matt & Nat, Eco Alf, Thinking Mu, Toms, Soko and more. All the brands must adhere to their strict policy of transparency in order to be carried in the store.
In Aida, you’ll find a selection of sustainable brands of women and men’s clothing, as well as houseware. This concept store is more than just shopping – it’s an experience. There’s also a café in the store which allows you to take a relaxing break while trying their coffees or smoothies. Founded by four sisters, Aida is a place where the community is really important. A place where sharing, creating and collaborating is at its core.
The Third Estate is an ethical, eco-friendly and cruelty free shop. It sells clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men. The foreign brands they work with must meet their requirements for good working conditions. The Third Estate also works to support UK brands. If you’re looking for simple, discreet and basic clothing but made sustainably, this is the place for you!
Unique, colorful and bright clothing is what you’ll find in The Keep Boutique. That’s not all though, you’ll also find beauty products and home goods. Their goal is to offer clothing you will keep for a long time. The Keep Boutique highlights three concepts that are quality, craftsmanship and sustainability. If you share their values, you have to take a look at this great boutique!
This secondhand fashion shop is where you’ll find that sustainable piece of clothing you’ve been looking for forever! The concept is simple. Give them the seasonal clothes you don’t want anymore and they will try to sell them for you. When they do, they keep 50% of the sale giving you the other half. You can also just shop here, giving clothes a second life and purchasing unique pieces at a lower price.
This shop offers luxurious bags that you’ve never seen before. They are made of recycled ring pulls from Brazil and leather that is certified ‘Zero Deforestation’. Their unique pieces are made in a small atelier in Brazil, where workers receive good wages and working conditions. Their shop is the world’s first 3D printing store using ocean plastics.
In this vintage shop, you can find pieces of clothing from the ‘20 to the ‘90. Both women and men can find stylish garments from jeans, to jackets and sportswear. It’s a place where your hunting is worth the effort because you can find great pieces for a fantastic price. The shop is located on the vintage street, really fitting its surroundings.
Here you can find anything you need to prepare for an adventure in nature. The Brokedown Palace offers many different items from brands like Patagonia, Fjällräven, Lowe Alpine and more. They are conscious about climate change and aim to protect the planet by offering products that are ethical and environmentally friendly. They also try to sell eco or recycled materials whenever possible.
Sweaty Betty is a sportswear shop for women, run by women. They support circular fashion by offering the option to give back your old leggings for recycling. The leggings can be any brand and when you give them back you get £10 off on when you spend more than £50 in their shop. Sweaty Betty works with Terracycle – an international company that recycles the ‘unrecyclables’ – as well. They’re working to be a fully sustainable brand while empowering women through fitness.
Location: 20 shops in London
This natural beauty bar offers various services for your nails, brows, eyelashes and beauty routine. They also offer a free skincare consultation and use all-natural and vegan products. Le Fix is not only a beauty bar but also a place for events like meetups and conferences with beauty artists as well as zero-waste events.
Location: 45 Newman St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QE
Artisans and Adventurers is a contemporary, sustainable design shop. All products you can find here are colorful, ethical, handmade and cruelty-free. They work with local artisans as well as with Indian and African creators. Using recycled materials and creating zero-waste is a key part of their philosophy.
Location: 146 Columbia Road, London, E2 7RG
In this eco-friendly store, you’ll find local home goods. By supporting local producers they aim to make a positive social and environmental impact. At Karaven Eco you can find bamboo t-shirts and socks, reusable kitchen products, soap and shampoo refills. As part of their positive impact action, Karavan eco organizes workshops and events.
Location: 167 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8HX
This bulk grocery store is on a mission to help reduce waste, encouraging you to only buy what you need. At The Source you can refill your jars and no plastic bags are offered. They support the non-profit Sea Shepherd and thanks to their work, more than 50,000,000 plastic bags have been saved thus far.
This brand new shop provides sustainable and plastic-free products for the home. You can find everything you need from vegan food, to refillable products, to cleaning and personal care items. Bring your own bags and jars to purchase what you need in a sustainable way.
In BYO, they follow Bea Johnson’s five fundamentals of zero waste (Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot). In this shop, you’ll only find bulk food. You’ll need to bring your own containers to get the products you want as no bags are offered. Their aim is to inspire a zero-waste culture for all.
Zéro is a bulk food, zero-waste store. Inspired by the culture of going to specialty shops like the bakery, the founders wanted to bring this back to the UK. Plus, by being plastic-free they aim to create a positive impact on the planet.
Hetu takes advantage of the huge buying power people have by transforming it into an eco-friendly one. This vegan store provides bulk food and sustainable items. They ensure all products have environmental, social and economic benefits. They also avoid food waste and single-use / plastic packaging.
Location: 201 St. Johns Hill, London SW11 1TH
This food retailer provides organic, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free products. As well as fruits and vegetables, you’ll find bread, pastries, wine, cheese and more. Further, you’re able to take-away foods and salads freshly made with the store’s products.
Restaurants, Bars and Cafés
This fast-food restaurant is conscious of its role on the environment and wants to give you the opportunity to eat healthy and eco-friendly. Whenever possible, they provide local and seasonal food. Their restaurants are built with recycled materials and all packaging and cutlery are compostable. To take it a step further, at the end of every day they deliver their surplus food to local charities.
Mooshies is a vegan burger bar. Its creative owners pay careful attention to their costumers’ feedback to provide the best, most innovative tasting meals. They aim to popularize alternative burgers, especially for the younger generation. When you’re in London, you should definitely pop by to try the healthy, cruelty-free burgers at Mooshies.
Location: 104 Brick Lane, London E1 6RL
Founded by two women, Wave is a vegan restaurant where diners can eat responsibly. They work to give a positive experience to their clients which is why every Monday, Wednesday and Friday they also offer yoga classes. At Wave, you can have a complete health experience.
This trendy vegan bar/restaurant was founded by two women. They created Redemption to prove that healthy food can also be delicious. They offer entirely sugar, wheat, and alcohol-free dishes. The little restaurant has a unique menu that offers an experience worth trying.
This ice cream artisan has been recognized for its excellence. They follow a slow food philosophy, using seasonal and natural ingredients. All ice creams are made daily and the ice cream maker comes from southern Italy, spreading their family tradition and craftsmanship. At La Gelatiera you can have a unique experience, enjoying good coffee and delicious ice cream while watching them make more in their in-house laboratory.
In Farmacy, everything is connected to nature. The restaurant is linked to their farm in the Kent countryside from all their fruits and vegetables come from. Their farm is ‘Demeter certified’, which means their agriculture is biodynamic. The Farmacy philosophy is ‘to always be in harmony with nature’. Plus, they support many different social foundations. In Farmacy, the dishes are plant-based, seasonal and cooked by a motivated and creative team.
Location: 74 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
In this mindfulness café, you can relax your mind and body. Here you’ll enjoy healthy, seasonal food and a moment for meditation, in the bright and relaxing space. On the menu, you’ll find different types of bowls, toasts, wraps, smoothies and organic coffees. They also provide corporate catering and home delivery. At Yeotown your mind and body will be well-treated. Additionally, every month Yeotown plays a recording of an expert in their meditation station to help guide you in your meditation.
Caras supports refugees and asylum-seekers. Their mission to give them social and educational assistance to be able to develop relationships, improve their wellbeing, and build more skills and autonomy.
Location: 25 Blakenham Rd, London SW17 8NE
FoodCycle provides food for lonely, hungry people. Their community makes a positive impact by allowing people to have a proper meal while giving them the opportunity to meet others, create friendships and share conversations. Volunteers and guests sit for meals at the same table, enabling the FoodCycle team to gain a better understanding of the cultures and backgrounds of the people they’re working with. Food Cycle currently works all around the UK.
Locations: 11 sites in London
London Cycling Campaigns unites people who cycle in London and make it a cleaner, healthier city. They have organized campaigns, supported members and promoted cycling in the UK for over 40 years. By acting as the voice of thousands of cyclers, they are working to create real change.
Santandar Cycle are easy to use, city bikes of London. To use them, you can download the app or get them directly at a station by paying with your credit card. We always recommend biking or walking in a new city as it’s such a good and sustainable way to see the city!
These are standards that vehicles have to respect if they want to drive in London. It penalizes polluting heavy diesel vehicles that are driving in London. Low emission zones operate throughout the city, year-round. Ultra-low emission zones operate in central London every day of the year except Christmas day. All vehicles that don’t meet these standards must pay a fine. For more information check out the website.
With tons of places to go and things to see, use this guide to have an eco-friendly trip to London. We love helping others reduce their impact and hope you’ll do the same by sharing this guide with friends. And, if you find other eco-friendly places during your visit to London, feel free to share them in the comments!
Author: Margot Schneider