In 2014, we built a pied-à-terre for Fortnum's bees, with a new set of hives in Hoxton, East London. Based on the top of an old warehouse, this living space gives the bees a chance to roam through the parks and buddleia flower-swathed canals to produce the unique and delicate Fortnum's Hoxton Honey.
Busy travellers stopping for a breather at our tranquil St Pancras International outpost may be surprised to realise that there are some busy bees hard at work above their very heads. To access the roof of this monumental station, beekeepers have to climb a tiny spiralling staircase, then crawl out onto the rooftop through a tiny arched door.
Bees are also positioned in the heart of Bermondsey atop the White Cube Gallery, where they take advantage of the huge Tree of Heaven trees that flower in late June along the avenues – although they have to be quick, as any showers send the flowers scattering.
Those lucky bees at Somerset House have got one of the best seats in the house. The hives reside high above the Thames with an incredible 180-degree view of the river and south London.
Finally, in 2020 we added some new hives to the rooftop at the world-famous Royal Albert Hall. With Hyde Park a stone's throw away, these busy bees have crafted thick and heady honey, with acidic undertones and a heavy floral aroma.