Last Saturday was a day of pure indulgence. Not only because I got to photograph all around Soho for the afternoon – but the added bonus was checking out some fantastic shops, a hip hotel and 2 very nice private members club.
It’s not often that I have the luxury of so much free time to do all of the above – and the best bit of all was that all of the venues are ethical in their approach to business.
I know this because I was invited on the tour by the lovely people at Conscious Me, who were collaborating for the day with Instagrammers London to show us all of the ‘ greener ‘ options around Soho – so that we can tell you about it too.
If you haven’t yet heard of Conscious Me, it is a guide that is bringing together all of the organisations in every area, on one website. Be it, interiors, fashion, food, drink, beauty – pretty much anything you can think of. Their ethos is to empower and inspire people to make good choices in everyday life.
It certainly made me think. I do my best to buy from companies that care about our environment but it’s not always easy to know where to start. The afternoon was very insightful and to be honest, I was actually pleasantly surprised that some of the places we visited were so environmentally friendly.
You can also add information on to the website if you fancy, by writing your own little post and there’s the option to add your profile so that you can link up with other like minded folk.
A great idea all round, if you ask me.
We started at The Nadler Hotel in Soho which is self catering and eco friendly. We checked out on the rooms and it was lovely, with its own kitchenette and free filtered water.
Whole Foods on Glasshouse Street was first on the map. The holy grail for organic food in central London. Oh, how I love that place !
We had a smoothie at Leon which is a healthy fast food restaurant, Then on to Lush Cosmetics who are fighting a war on waste, animal testing and palm oil. As you may already be aware – these shops smell divine.
Then we stopped off at The Nudie Jean Repair Shop in D’Arblay Street. Swedish jeans made with around 80% organic cotton. They fix your jeans if they get a hole and offer 20% off a new pair when finally needed.
The House of St Barnabas on Greek Street is committed to tackling homelessness. A members only club so you would have to join to enter ! :)
On the way back for a bit of dinner at The Hospital Club in Endell Street, which is also a members club, focusing on sustainability ( and with a rather beautiful old record player in the reception ) – we passed the Wild Food Cafe which serves yummy raw, organic, veggie dishes – and Neals Yard Remedies who are famous for their ‘ no nasties ‘ products.
Other spots to be aware of are The Dominion Theatre, and Ceviche Restaurant.
A little bit addicted to Instagrammers London now too and will be doing some more of their days soon. Too much fun and lovely people to chat with along the way while taking extra pics of street art. This one is by Mr Cenz and the person striding by is instagrammer @andreweggy :)
If you want to have a look at Conscious Me – here’s the website. Hope you find somewhere special near you to try out !
Have a good day.