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London’s most “buzzing” hotel, literally!

by Rajul on August 12, 2009

The Royal Lancaster Hotel's "Bee Team"

The Lancaster London's "Bee Team"

The Lancaster London (formerly the Royal Lancaster) is the first London hotel to keep its own beehives.

The commitment behind the project is impressive.  The hotel is tending around half a million bees on its roof and has formed a dedicated “bee team” to look after them (pictured above).

All honey from the hives is being served to guests dining at the hotel’s restaurant, with wax used to craft gift candles.

The hotel has taken this initiative mainly for environmental reasons after winning a Bronze Award for Green Tourism.

We featured London’s top Gold Award “green” hotels in another post.  The Lancaster also won an award for sustainable tourism in 2008.

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Bees enjoying a perfect "honey-moon" on the Royal Lancaster's roof!

Bees enjoying a "honey-moon" on the Lancaster London roof!

So should honey lovers be tempted to stay at the Lancaster London?

The hotel is right next to Hyde Park and is known for its views over the largest of the Royal Parks (please note: you may have to pay a supplement for a room with a park view).

It’s a fairly large hotel and in that context its TripAdvisor ranking is quite respectable (108 from 1150 London hotels as I write this).  It’s nice that the management takes the time to respond to comments on TripAdvisor.

The main gripes seem to relate to product issues which they are working to improve e.g. better soundproofing, improved beds, air conditioning, etc.

Most guests love the hotel’s location and the views over Hyde Park.

A "deluxe" bedroom at the Royal Lancaster Hotel

"Deluxe" bedroom at the Lancaster London

Rooms are not the largest you’ll find but fairly typical for London.  Pricing is fair and the staff seem to be efficient and friendly.

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One advantage of this location is that you are right between Oxford Street in one direction and Notting Hill in the other.

It’s also pretty handy for some of London’s best ethnic restaurants in Bayswater including our favourite Lebanese.

Finally, the hotel is well-connected for the fast Paddington train to Heathrow airport, one reason why it’s popular with business travellers.  We’ve covered other hotel options near Paddington on this blog before.

So in conclusion: the Lancaster London offers pretty sweet accommodation for both people and bees!

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Photo credits: Lancaster London.

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