First, the bees.
Native Welsh Black bees, known for their gentle ways and unlikely to ever sting any unsuspecting shopper, they are allowed to fly free in pursuit of nearby flowers to pollinate, and their flight radius includes the gardens of a certain Royal residence not too far from Piccadilly, and the parks in and around St. James's too.
Once a year in September, our head beekeeper Steve Benbow harvests the delicious honey our busy buzzing bees have produced - which is then auctioned alongside the honeys made by our other rooftop London bees in Hoxton, St. Pancras, Somerset House and atop the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey.
The flavour changes subtly each year - but is always extraordinary and mercilessly untainted by pollution; nectar sits deep within a plant and is hoovered up by the bee’s proboscis, then taken straight to the hive and sealed into the honeycomb, safe from outside influences.
Each jar we produce is highly-prized and always quick to be snapped up. In fact, there's even a waiting list.
The hives themselves are special too - coloured in our signature Eau de Nil and topped with gold finials, there are few finer places for a British bee to live and work.
In recognition of both the importance of biodiversity and the need to protect our beloved bee population in the UK, we’ve since extended our hive network to other locations across London, including Somerset House, St. Pancras Station, Hoxton Docks, Bermondsey – and most recently The Royal Albert Hall.