In December 2021, a completely internet zero lodge opened its doorways in west London. Nearly one yr later, room2 Chiswick has established itself as a inexperienced haven for eco-minded guests.

The lodge lays declare to a formidable record of environmental improvements, from showers which use 40% much less water to roofs which boast environmental advantages, together with one coated in wildflowers to encourage biodiversity and one other which captures rainwater and reduces native flooding. It’s no surprise, then, that room2 has speedily constructed its status inside the London lodge scene and that teams akin to Hilton have reached out to its creators for eco-inspiration. 

In 2015, I took half in an environmental volunteering programme in Nicaragua, so was excited to listen to about room2’s carbon offsetting associate primarily based within the Central American nation. The lodge employs locals to develop bamboo timber on Nicaraguan farmland which take in carbon from the ambiance. The impact of that is that every one carbon emissions produced by room2 Chiswick are offset.

Again on the lodge, there are two lab rooms used to observe vitality and water consumption, plus rooms have user-enabled lighting and heating methods to stop them from staying on once they’re not in use. Because of this, room2 Chiswick is estimated to be 89% extra environment friendly than the common UK lodge.

The property

Staying at room2 Chiswick is a bit like being granted entry to the house of a Londoner. It’s described as a ho(me)tel, fairly than a lodge, reflecting the relaxed ambiance, with friends milling round and pleasant workers available to reply any questions.

The doorway is surrounded by an abundance of leafy foliage domestically sourced from the New Covent Backyard Market in 9 Elms. Inside, the lodge’s bespoke furnishings is made by native designers positioned not more than ten miles away, and every bit has its personal eco story (even the corridors resulting in the rooms are lined with carpets made out of recycled fishing nets).

Practicality is a central element of room2’s 86 bedrooms. I stayed in a lounge room, which featured a nifty kitchenette full with a hob, microwave and even meals waste bin, and a fridge containing Fairtrade chocolate and some bottles of apple cider. In some bigger rooms you may get a dishwasher and oven, making the spot ultimate for longer stays. Returning friends are capable of depart belongings on request and pets are welcome, contributing to the lodge’s home-like really feel.

In distinction to the hustle and bustle of Chiswick, the room was pleasantly silent even when the lodge was at full capability on a Saturday in August. Spacious, flooded with pure mild, with comfy beds and super-soft towels, I discovered it the right spot to unwind. 

Hotel cafe

Consuming and consuming

In addition to having its personal cafe (a super spot for distant working) and restaurant, room2 makes getting ready meals easy with its providing of sustainably packaged meals provided by the premium frozen meals big COOK. 

Breakfast at room2 is nutritious and on the wholesome facet, with choices together with granola, dried fruit and croissants. In the event you’re after one thing barely extra substantial, a stone’s throw away is fashionable brunch spot N.197 Chiswick Hearth Station. Housed in an outdated hearth station, this restaurant is mild and ethereal and, like room2, prides itself on its sustainablility credentials.

For these seeking to work off their high-end prepared meals and full English breakfasts, there’s additionally a health club full with Peloton bikes, rowing machines and weights.

Gym

Issues to do

The lodge’s surrounding space, Chiswick, is a good place for consuming and procuring, from Grove Park Deli – an ideal spot for choosing up some artisan delights – to Philip Neal Candies, a boutique chocolate retailer.

The sights of west London might be explored through a wander down the Thames. The capital doesn’t get extra picturesque than the Hammersmith riverfront, the place you’ll discover The William Morris Society, a small museum the place Morris lived and created a few of his most iconic prints and textiles. 

There are additionally some magnificent pubs alongside this stretch, together with The Dove and The Black Lion. Each are characterful and quaint, with lovely outside areas proper subsequent to the river. For these searching for one thing just a little off the overwhelmed observe and away from the crowds, there’s additionally The Duke of Sussex on Turnham Inexperienced, which options an attractive and ornate chandelier room main onto a reasonably beer backyard. For a fancier possibility (and a boogie earlier than mattress), there’s additionally The George IV which runs stay music nights. 

Brass band

The colourful Chiswick Flower Market is a must-visit when you occur to remain at room2 on a Sunday. A energetic brass band was blasting out tunes and entertaining market-goers with choreographed dance strikes throughout my keep. I used to be drawn to the array of plant stalls which included a swap-a-plant-pot station and a few extraordinarily real looking flower pot cupcakes.

Verdict

Anybody keen to save lots of the planet will love the hive of eco-activity that surrounds room2. A ardour for the planet is embodied inside its partitions, and the expertise of staying right here can’t assist however put a smile in your face. 

room2 Chiswick; 10 Windmill Rd, London, W4 1SD