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Christmas is just around the corner. The phenomenon happens year after year—summer has just ended and the winter’s here in no time. The holidays are approaching which has got the air buzzing with anticipation and excitement. Friends and family are starting to plan their Christmas parties and meet-ups. Most people would agree when I say it’s nice to get away from our daily lives when holiday time comes around. Travelling with your loved ones is a good way for some change. Eco-travel will always make you feel better. You’ll find a range of eco-friendly London hotels if you’re in the English capital for a holiday. Here are my top 5 green hotels in London.
The Rafayel hotel is a unique one with one vision: preservation of the Earth. With Philips LED lighting helping save 80% energy, they’re certainly on the right track. The hotel’s energy system is completely based around conservation. The heating uses already-generated heat which is transferred to other areas in the building. The hotel has an eco-friendly dry cleaning arrangement and uses rainwater for irrigation. Rafayel is actually a luxury hotel including brunch recipes, a dry spa, a conference venue, and a bar & restaurant.
Andaz Hotel London
The Andaz on Liverpool Street is a 5-star hotel that has gained its reputation for being one of the more stylish hotels in East London. Whether you’re there for leisure or business, it’s bound to be a perfect fit—the Tower of London, Tate Modern, Tower Bridge, and St. Paul’s Cathedral are just around the corner. What else do you want on a holiday than walking to London’s best attractions? And do it guilt-free as the hotel incorporates bathrooms which use 80% less water. The boiler also uses 25% less fuel and is computer-controlled for maximum efficiency. The Andaz usually hosts business guests, so they have installed eco-friendly printers throughout the rooms. The lighting is also built around a system that uses less energy.
Apex City Hotel London
If you’re going for something more contemporary, the Apex City Hotel on Seething Lane is a 4-star green heaven. The hotel has an award-winning dining experience and 179 suits and rooms situated throughout. The hotel’s staff has been trained to constantly monitor the gas, electricity, and water. The motion-sensor controlled LED lights consume less energy—but that isn’t the best part. Their bathrooms are as eco-friendly as it gets. The towels have a re-use policy to save water on washing. The toilets are dual flushed which helps save water and the soaps and detergents are all eco-friendly. Oh, and don’t worry too much about their eco-friendly lifts—they work just as well as normal ones!
Crowne Plaza Hotel St James
Perhaps you’re going for something more traditional? Try the Crowne Plaza Hotel St James for comfortable accommodation, excellent service, meeting facilities and high speed internet. The hotel is ideal for both business and leisure guests. This one’s also perfectly positioned, near the Houses of Parliament, Victoria Station, the London Eye, and Buckingham Palace. The hotel has adopted strict environmental regulations over the past years. This has resulted in a 40% decrease in their carbon footprint. This may largely be due to the staff being fined for leaving the lights on!
As always, we save the best for last. The Savoy has been an iconic English brilliance since it’s opening in 1889. It was only recently, though, that the hotel started implementing green practice throughout. The last 6 years have seen a 3,000 tonne decrease in CO2 emissions as a result of their hard work. Their energy consumption has decreased by a remarkable 40%, and recycles 90% of all waste.
The Savoy donates linens, furniture, and food to local shelters and food banks. All supplies, furniture, and equipment are purchased from eco-friendly sources. The hotel has also done a good job in using hybrids to cut carbon emissions. The Savoy has become an inspiration to all London hotels, hopefully getting them to take a step in the right direction.
Sohaib is a travel addict who craves adventure at every corner. He is also a keen promoter of green technologies. When he isn’t backpacking around Europe, you’ll find him writing for HotelClub, a website for booking hotels and more.