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Green guide: the best eco-friendly activities in London

Hampstead Heath

WordsMegan Lambert


Urban living and sustainability don’t always go hand-in-hand. So, when we’re exploring the concrete jungle we want to do it in the most environmentally conscious way possible. That’s why, be it on land or by water, we’re sharing our guide to the best environmentally-friendly activities in London so that you can discover the city with a clear conscience. 

Explore on foot 

Locations across London 

What could be more environmentally friendly than exploring the city on foot? Whatever your niche, London Walks has the tour for you. From Dickens’ London to the Beatles’ London—see the city through a new perspective. And up your step count whilst you’re at it. 

Discover the city’s canals

Locations across London 

Go electric with Go Boat and explore London’s waterways without contributing to their pollution. London’s first self-drive (yup, you read that right), electric boating company, you can be the captain of your own ship as you get behind the wheel and discover the city’s canals at your own pace. From the Docklands, Little Venice to Hampton Court embarkations run from East to West of the Thames.

GoBoat London canal shot

Catch a carbon-neutral theatre show 

24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL

Less West End, more East End, Dalston’s Arcola Theatre is committed to being the world’s first carbon-neutral theatre: solar panels, LED lights, and a heating system fuelled by scrap wood all contribute to this. Mixing the local, the national, and the international its roster of events champions inclusive and sustainably-minded events. Acknowledging that the cost of theatre can be prohibitive, they operate a ‘pay what you can’ scheme on Tuesday evenings.

Try your hand at being a farmhand 

Location: 1a Goldsmiths Row, London E2 8QA

A city farm just around the corner from Columbia Road Flower Market, Hackney City Farm is a bucolic oasis in an urban setting. Home to ponies, donkeys, sheep, pigs, and lots more their modus operandi is to help city dwellers learn about food, nature, and the environment. It also boasts a long list of activities and workshops, from pottery and painting to woodwork and bike maintenance. 

Hackney City Farm

Learn how to cook the zero-waste way

Location: 15b Little Portland Street London W1W 8BW

Touted as London’s ‘most sustainable’ cookery school, Cookery School offers classes in more than the art of cooking, but how to do so without wasting. According to statistics, we each throw away almost 50kg worth of food annually. Cookery School teaches you how to make delicious food out of these ingredients that would otherwise be scrapped. What’s more, 100% of the energy used in the kitchens is renewable, and single-use plastics are banned—naturally.

Visit London’s parks 

Locations across London 

Be they Royal Parks or public gardens, London is home to 35,000 acres of parkland (equating to 40% of its total area) making it the greenest capital city in the world. From boating along Hyde Park’s Serpentine, catching a play at Regent Park’s open-air theatre (May to September), Hampstead Heath’s swimming ponds to urban gardening at Edible Landscapes in Finsbury Park—there is an abundance of enjoyable and eco-friendly activities to be found in the capital’s parks.