I lived in London for ten years before moving down to Paris, and still go up once a month to visit my family. It is amazing how much the city has transformed to reflect a more sustainable state of mind, and how many eateries and boutiques have popped up or transformed to embody the greener good. Though there are more than just the places on this list to enjoy while exploring London’s nooks and crannies, I thought a list of my favourite conscious businesses in the city would be a good way to get you started.
Notting Hill holds the latest addition to the green living movement with a menu free from dairy, refined sugars, meat, additives and chemicals. The menu is made on recycled hemp paper and their entire menu is organic and tasty with a selection of cold-pressed juices, cocktails, and wines to go along with it.
Head to the café and creative venue, Canvas Café, for one of their homemade ice creams made with coconut milk and banana and then blended with almond milk to make a delicious milkshake. They then add raw, vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free homemade cake, with options of – raspberry, beets, coconut, matcha, chocolate, avocado and dates and nuts. They also have a delicious menu of food, freshly made daily, with plenty of vegan options to satisfy your needs.
TINY LEAF RESTAURANT
Tiny Leaf Restaurant is London’s first organic, zero-waste restaurant, turning surplus
food donated by local food suppliers into gourmet vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free
dishes. With its daily changing menu, the food and drinks are creative and delicious,
creating a culinary experience which is both conscious and unique.
Sit for an organic meal at their restaurant, with each meal produced through regenerative organic farming, sourced responsibly and produced with zero food waste. This restaurant/storefront also offers zero waste and responsibly packaged groceries, as well as sustainably made kitchenware and homeware.
DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE PUB
Britain’s first, and only, certified organic pub, offers all the traditional British pub experiences, with a clean conscience with food supplied by Devon organic farm, Riverford.
Hidden in a cosy corner of Covent Garden, Neals Yard Remedies was one of the first natural, holistic and organic, cruelty-free beauty brands in London, opening its doors in 1981. They bring the expertise of apothecary to health and beauty, creating a beautifully British brand that offers sustainable souvenirs to last you months, and in some cases years to come.
With a strict policy on transparency when you shop at 69b boutique you can be sure each item you encounter has been made in an ecological and ethical way. It’s a wonderful way to discover new brands while exploring Broadway market.
THE KEEP BOUTIQUE
This cozy boutique has been around since 2012, promoting brands with a touching tale. It is a one-stop shop offering a curated selection of stylish ethical fashion pieces worth perusing.
A vintage clothing treasure trove with multiple locations around London, sure to hold the perfect sustainable souvenir.