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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.

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