Page last updated at 14:33 GMT, Monday, 13 July 2009 15:33 UK

Rooftop bees make honey for hotel

Bees on the rooftop at the Royal Lancaster Hotel
The bees at the hotel were originally living in south London

A hotel in London is serving guests its own honey after installing beehives on its rooftop.

The bees, which are at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, near Hyde Park, were living in the middle of an estate in Camberwell, south London.

It is thought to be the first time that bees have been kept at a central London hotel.

London is said to be a perfect place for honey due to its variety of flowers, parks and temperate climate.

Jo Hemesley, of Royal Lancaster Hotel, said: "Our guests will be able to enjoy the fact that they are sitting in the restaurant having their lovely breakfast and they know that the honey is literally made on their own doorstep."

Luke Dixon, from London Beekeepers, said the bees, which come from an estate on Camberwell Road, would not be lonely because there were other hives nearby.

"There's hives in Regents Park just up the road, in Lambeth Palace, the Queen has even got hives in Buckingham Palace," he told BBC London News.


Honey farmed on hotel's rooftop

Print Sponsor

In pictures: The Big Buzz at Kew
16 Jun 09 |  Nature
Beekeepers warn of honey shortage
25 Jan 08 |  Mid Wales
Panic in the beehive
12 Feb 08 |  Magazine


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific