As we move on into spring in the city, The Resident celebrates the great outdoors with five of the best ways to embrace west London’s green side. Discover botanical gardens, nose-to-tail butchery, a zero-waste restaurant and more…
1 Chelsea Physic Garden
What better way to celebrate the importance of being green than to learn all about the effects plants have on our lives? The Chelsea Physic Garden, founded in 1673, is the oldest botanical garden in London and houses a collection of around 5,000 edible, medicinal and historical plants. If plant education isn’t your thing, you can simply appreciate the beauty of greenery or, perhaps, you could take it one step further and plan an eco wedding day!
66 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HS; 020 7352 5646; chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
2 Daylesford Organic Farm’s courses
As one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK, Daylesford should be your number one for eco-friendly shopping in the area. Fancy doing more than just popping along for your weekly food shop? Take a course in artisan breadmaking or nose to tail butchery, and learn how starting with healthy soil leads to healthy animals and people.
208-212 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH; 020 7313 8050; daylesford.com
3 Jivita Aurveda organic wellbeing
This is the perfect activity for someone who fancies some guilt-free relaxing time. Jivita Ayurveda is an organic wellbeing centre based in Kensal Rise and the name itself symbolises vitality and inner calm, empowering you to lead a healthier life. Founder Anu Paavola set up the centre after her time at an Indian hospital; East meets West London.
89 Chamberlayne Road NW10 3ND; 020 8964 4993; jivitaayurveda.com
4 Hair Organics eco hair care
Not only does Hair Organics in Notting Hill want to make sure they serve you with the best of hair styling, they also champion organic hair care and use the best eco products on the market. Their ethos is centred around wanting to minimise the impact they have on the environment in every way possible. Great styling and good for the world… What’s better?
3 Ladbroke Road W11 3PA; 020 7229 6318; hairorganics.co.uk
5 Tiny Leaf zero-waste restaurant
Do you ever sit back and worry about the waste we create when throwing leftovers from plate to bin? If so, worry no more as London’s first and only organic, zero waste and vegetarian restaurant has arrived in Notting Hill. Tiny Leaf creates delicious dishes using surplus food stock, supplied by local suppliers and farms. It is set over four floors with two botanical cocktail bars.
209 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EA; 020 7243 9818; tinyleaflondon.com