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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.
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.
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!
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
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

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