Environmental concerns are increasingly affecting many of the day-to-day decisions we make. Today, many of us want to know the ‘green’ credentials of every product we buy, and every consumer decision we make.

For the most serious of eco-warriors, choosing a hotel can also be dictated by such factors. The hotel industry has latched onto this trend, with most of them making efforts to change their policies to bring them into line with the public’s growing appetite to protect the environment.

As one of the world’s most popular cities for tourism, London has duly responded to this shift in attitude with several eco-friendly hotels popping up across the capital. Visitors to London can now make their accommodation choices comfortable in the knowledge that they are contributing to the global effort to combat climate change.

Contrary to what you may assume, it is not only humble, independently-owned establishments that have transformed themselves into ‘green’ hotels. Large chain hotels have also got in on the act, including some of the most luxurious hotels in the city.

One such hotel is the 5-star Swissôtel The Howard, which is located on the Victoria Embankment and offers panoramic views over the River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. This hotel has committed to a range of environmentally friendly practices, including minimising energy and converting cooking oil to bio oil. As a nice personal touch, there are even wind-up torches in your bedroom.

The 4-star Cavendish Hotel is situated in Bloomsbury in the heart of London’s West End. Fairtrade products are used throughout the hotel, while the restaurant guarantees that it serves sustainable produce. Furthermore, in an effort to incentivise eco-living, environmentally-friendly cars get a 50% discount in the hotel’s car park.

Another eco-friendly London hotel is the 4-star Base2Stay in the city’s chic west London district of Kensington. This hotel claims to recycle 60% of its waste, as well as using low-energy electrical devices, providing fairtrade tea and coffee, and working with a carbon neutral taxi company.

The 4-star Park Inn Heathrow is conveniently located at London’s Heathrow Airport and has impressive green credentials, being the first hotel to receive a Green Tourism for London Award. This hotel uses fairtrade and organic products, boasts its own in-house water bottling company (the Pure Water Company), and supports local and international charities.