The London green guide: Sustainable shopping

As restaurants, hotels and sights aim to be environmentally friendly, our eco-warrior Neil Simpson tells you where to shop sustainably in London.

Vintage fashion
This city’s fashion is celebrated for being cool and confident,
so if you want to invest in something distinctly London, go vintage. Brick Lane, Camden and Portobello Road are all tremendous places to source a one-off fashion fix.
stores to seek out include Beyond Retro (with three sites in London) and Rokit (four), which both offer affordable and fun clothes shopping. |


Modern fashion
London’s grand dame of fashion is Vivienne Westwood, who has become the clothing world’s foremost eco-warrior. Her mantra is ‘buy well, choose less, make it last’. If I was planning to rip up my holiday budgeting plan in one shop, I would spend it here.

Beyond fashion
If you do pick Portobello Road, this is also the place for sustainable shopping beyond clothing: browse rows of shops and stalls filled with retro souvenirs and quirky antiques from the likes of Portobello Stamp Company and Vida Vida, which sells ethical, handmade leather bags and accessories. Don’t forget that the market is closed on Sundays.


Find out how to visit London sustainably with our guide to waste-free restaurants and green sightseeing.

Photos courtesy of Beyond Retro

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