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The Honey Raffle

16TH - 29TH OCTOBER 2020

 

AN AUCTION WITH A DIFFERENCE

 

Our 2020 London Honey Raffle is now closed. We’d like to thank our customers and supporters for their generous donations and we’re thrilled to have raised an un-bee-lievable £16,073 for Bees for Development. Congratulations to this year’s prize winner, Alison Chamberlain.

 

Our bees produce just one in-demand honey crop every year and every September we celebrate the annual Honey Auction, in which the first jar of honey from each London hive is auctioned with all proceeds going to Bees for Development. Usually held in our Piccadilly store, this year we’ve decided to buzz things up a little, making it easier for you to get involved.

 

This year, instead of an auction, we're having an online raffle! All you have to do is simply donate to Bees for Development here to be in with a chance of winning a collection of fantastic prizes, including a bespoke hamper worth £215, plus a jar of each London Honey worth £100.

 

Your entry will help Bees for Development promote sustainable beekeeping to combat poverty and to build sustainable, resilient livelihoods across the globe.

 

Supporting our Pollinators

Our famous bee hives have been on our roof in Piccadilly for over decade. We recognise both the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect our beloved bee population, which is why in 2018, we installed 200m² of moss and wild flower panels on the roof, which the bees pollonate, improving the air quality and removing carbon around our Piccadilly store.

12 years ago we added four beautiful Eau de Nil hives on to our Piccadilly rooftop, which we’ve since extended a buzzing network across other iconic locations, including Somerset House, St. Pancras Station, Hoxton Docks, Bermondsey – and most recently The Royal Albert Hall.

 

The honey is harvested every September by our Bee Master and his apprentice. Together they meticulously care for the hives all year round, ensuring our gentle and hard-working Buckfast bees are happy and content. You can read all about how we harvest our honey here.

 

Once collected, each jar of this rare and precious delight is hand-filled and numbered in London by a small team of passionate beekeepers, and every year, the season's crop differs slightly in taste. From each hive our bees travel within a three mile radius, from the gardens of Buckingham Palace to the canals of East London – meaning their honey is truly a taste of the city.

Honey Tasting Notes

Our London honeys are unpasteurised and hand-produced to ensure the natural aromas are protected.

Piccadilly

Delightfully delicate honey, which is light in colour, with subtle traces of chestnut and lime
Hoxton A delicately floral honey, bursting with elderflower and citrus notes
Bermondsey Light in colour, with a savoury taste; uniquely contemporary honey
St Pancras Perfect for drizzling on your porridge or toast, this honey has floral and complex notes
Somerset House Bright and citrusy, with a delicate yet spicy aftertaste and heady lime aroma
Royal Albert Hall Thick and heady, with acidic undertones and a heavy floral aroma

Oh Honey!

Join us as we celebrate our annual honey harvest with a bee-utiful bee drawing class and TWO delicious recipes using the golden stuff.

Bee Drawing Class

Get your pencils ready! Join Jennie Webber from Wild Life Drawing on Wednesday 28th October at 6pm on our IGTV for a live honey bee drawing workshop. Download your reference file here.

Honey Recipes

We've teamed up with acclaimed chef, Éric Chavot, and the team at Mob Kitchen to create two delicious dishes using our Royal Albert Hall and Bermondsey London Honeys.