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Hilton London Bankside is abuzz with designer beehives.

by Laura on June 13, 2016


Urban beekeeping has been growing in London for the last several years. A number of London hotels already keep bees, such as St Ermin’s Hotel. Hilton London Bankside has now joined the club and they’ve put extra effort into designing their beehives.

The hotel has worked with jewellery designer Alex Monroe to provide designer digs for their bees. The designer created four individual hives, which each reflect one of the four seasons. The newest residents at Hilton Bankside live on the green roof terrace, in the meadow garden.

The meadow is intended to bring some green into the landscape of Bankside, and features a variety of plants and wildflowers.

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Adding the bees helps to further the hotel’s contribution to the area’s green infrastructure. The busy bees will help to pollinate local plants, as well as produce honey. Apparently, the local honey could even help to relieve hayfever. That’s as good an excuse as any for a sweet treat. Since a loss of habitat is a threat to the livelihood of bees, Hilton Bankside’s meadow will help them thrive.

Why did the hotel choose to work with Alex Monroe? As you might know if you like pretty trinkets, the designer has a jewellery collection inspired by bees. He also says he owes a lot to bees, so his designs are a way to pay them back.

Hilton London Bankside didn’t just work with a jewellery designer.

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While Alex Monroe might have an eye for jewellery design, he’s not a bee expert. The apiary was designed and installed by Dale Gibson, who is the founder of Bermondsey Street Bees. He’s an expert on urban bee keeping and has won awards for his honey, so he knows what he’s doing.

The hotel is also running a competition, giving people a chance to win a night’s stay for two in their Penthouse Suite, and an Alex Monroe bee necklace. To enter, you must donate £5 to Bankside Open Spaces, a trust dedicated to maintaining and promoting green spaces in the SE1 area.

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Photo credits: PollyDot, Hilton London Bankside.

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