All a-buzz at The Ritz

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THE RITZ LON­DON has joined the ef­fort to save our hon­ey­bees, with the in­stal­la­tion of three colonies on its roof. The five hives are sus­tain­ably made from pinewood and named for the iconic ho­tel’s sig­na­ture suites: the Pic­cadilly, Prince of Wales, Green Park, Royal and Ar­ling­ton. They each house 60,000 Buck­fast bees from a farm in Sur­rey.

The Ritz is next to Green Park and the bees are able to buzz about the flow­ers and gar­dens of Buck­ing­ham Palace, Clarence House, St James’s Park, Hyde Park and the May­fair squares and pri­vate gar­dens within a six-mile ra­dius. The ho­tel’s roof gar­den con­tains aro­matic herbs and flow­ers, in­clud­ing laven­der, thyme and rose­mary, as well as an ap­ple tree. Des­ig­nated bee­keep­ers (from in­ter­nal staff) have been spe­cially trained in con­junc­tion with the Lon­don Bee Keeper’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

The gen­tle, highly pro­duc­tive Buck­fast bees will earn their keep by pro­duc­ing honey that will be used through­out the ho­tel’s bars and restau­rants. Ritz honey, which will ap­pear in two an­nual har­vests in spring and Septem­ber, will con­tain sub­tle hints of Lon­don’s trees, in­clud­ing limes, horse chest­nuts, sweet chest­nuts, ap­ples, pears, plums, wil­lows, hol­lies and wild cherries. So­phie Perks

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