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How to build a green city

Our new campaign celebrates green venues, events and Londoners, and asks how we can become a truly sustainable city

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A lot of our city is green space. Around 47 percent of it, in fact. We love and depend on parks, squares and gardens: they are the lungs of London and its shared playground. So we’re delighted that our city will officially become a National Park this week. But while London is physically verdant, we’ve a long way to go to being a green city. Disruptors like Extinction Rebellion – who are staging a Summer Uprising across London and other cities this week – have raised our crisis awareness. You, our readers, have told us you want going out to be greener. Positively, across the capital, people and venues are coming up with cool initiatives to tackle food waste, pollution and plastic.

As part of our How to Build a Green City campaign we’re highlight the Londoners and London venues doing all of the above and more. Expect social takeovers from eco-warriors like Caitlin Mogridge (who runs wastenotstore.com), insight from experts and campaigners, and the new Time Out Green Light badge to signpost greener events and venues on our site and in the magazine.

Most importantly, we want to hear from you. Know a Londoner running a cool eco project? Tell us at hello@timeout.com. Being greener demands huge changes, but every little helps, so if you are going to the park this weekend, bin your tinnies, lose the disposable barbecue and cutlery, and maybe sign up to one of these awesome schemes helping to keep London’s spaces clean…

How to build a green city

15 innovative restaurants and bars making London greener
Restaurants

15 innovative restaurants and bars making London greener

Chefs and bartenders are tackling food waste in creative (and tasty) ways

A day in the life of London’s parks
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A day in the life of London’s parks

We spent the first sunny Saturday of the year hanging out in some of London’s most loved green spaces

The apps helping London be greener
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The apps helping London be greener

Apps to help you live your best (green) life

The best sustainable supermarkets in London
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The best sustainable supermarkets in London

Shopping shouldn’t cost the earth

Green transport

Nine ace bike rides in London
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Nine ace bike rides in London

Ready, steady, ride! 

London’s best cycle cafés
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London’s best cycle cafés

For more than just a caffeine fix 

11 brilliant bike rides from London
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11 brilliant bike rides from London

Whizz out of the capital 

London’s best bike shops
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London’s best bike shops

Some of our favourite specialists

Sustainable shopping

The best swap shops in London
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The best swap shops in London

Hit pause on fast fashion

The best charity shops in London
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The best charity shops in London

First the worst, second(hand) the best

The best ethical fashion shops
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The best ethical fashion shops

Mindless consumerism is out

The best flea markets in London
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The best flea markets in London

Go treasure hunting

Green London

Hidden gardens in London
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Hidden gardens in London

The city’s best-kept secret gardens

Green spaces for urban gardeners
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Green spaces for urban gardeners

Inspire your eager green fingers

Rooftop gardens in London
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Rooftop gardens in London

It’s time to head for the roof

London’s glorious greenhouses
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London’s glorious greenhouses

A gardeners world

Ethical eating

The best places to eat fake meat
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The best places to eat fake meat

Get your chops round some deliciously guilt-free ‘meaty’ treats 

London’s best vegan spots
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London’s best vegan spots

We tried them all and created the ultimate list

Time Out Tries: Edible Insect Farm Tour
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Time Out Tries: Edible Insect Farm Tour

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The best places for veggie food
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The best places for veggie food

The crème de la crème of London’s veggie scene