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Bees at The Ritz: A Hive of Activity

A little-known fact about The Ritz is that our rooftop is home to three colonies of 60,000 Buckfast bees, who are busy making sweet, sustainable urban honey! Find out how we at The Ritz are doing our bit to support the bees, protect our environment and of course, make the most of their precious honey.

Our most sustainable suites

Bees play a vital role in our eco system through their pollination of flowers and plants. However, unfortunately they are under threat of becoming an endangered species. So, now more than ever we need to protect our bees. As part of our Green Policy to become an ever more eco-friendly hotel, we introduced bees to The Ritz family back in 2017. Their beehives are made from sustainably grown pine wood and are each named after one of our Signature Suites: Green Park Suite, Piccadilly Suite, Prince of Wales Suite, Royal Suite and Arlington Suite. After all, they deserve a touch of luxury for all their hard work!

Bees at The Ritz

Small, but mighty

Did you know? Bees pollinate approximately 80% of flowering crops globally. Therefore, you can thank the humble honeybee every time you sit down to a luscious bowl of strawberries, or a fresh summer salad.

Therefore, bees are invaluable to maintaining our food supply. They act on a far greater scale than any other methods of pollination, such as the wind. Yet the increase in urbanisation, the effects of climate change and the use of pesticides are all contributing to their untimely decline. That’s why The Ritz has joined the growing number of urban beekeepers, helping bees to thrive in Central London, where there are over 3,000 parks for them roam freely. Our Ritz bees particularly love exploring Royal Green Park, St. James’s Park, Hyde Park and the many private gardens that surround The Ritz.

Beehives and herb garden on the roof

Bee-friendly Flora

Of all the colours, bees see purple the most clearly. Therefore, purple flowers, such as lavender, foxgloves and alliums are a great way to attract more bees to your garden. To aid the pollination process, we have planted a herb garden, aromatic flowers and an apple tree around our beehives. These additions, along with the wild flowers that the bees encounter on their journeys around West London, contribute to the delicate flavour notes of the honey they produce.

The Ritz Beekeepers

The bees do their bit, and we do ours

At The Ritz, we have twelve dedicated beekeepers, all of whom are team members. They have been expertly trained in collaboration with the London Bee Keeper Association and volunteer their time to care for our bees. Together they coordinate the annual honey harvest, which takes place at the end of summer. Each hive produces approximately 60 kg of honey each harvest. We then put the honey to use in a variety of wonderful ways throughout the hotel!

Michelin-star Honey Dessert

Deliciously Versatile

In 2020, our Executive Chef, John Williams MBE, created a limited-edition dessert in association with the Sustainable Restaurant Association for The Ritz Restaurant. The exquisite dish, made using the freshly harvested honey, consisted of Honey, Mousseline, Pear and Nougatine in a true celebration of sustainable Michelin-starred cooking. Elsewhere, look out for The Ritz honey creating a buzz in The Rivoli Bar cocktails!

They may be our smallest guests, but The Ritz bees have a mighty impact. They improve life both within the hotel and further afield and long may it continue.

Bees at The Ritz: A Hive of Activity

A little-known fact about The Ritz is that our rooftop is home to three colonies of 60,000 Buckfast bees, who are busy making sweet, sustainable urban honey! Find out how we at The Ritz are doing our bit to support the bees, protect our environment and of course, make the most of their precious honey.

Our most sustainable suites

Bees play a vital role in our eco system through their pollination of flowers and plants. However, unfortunately they are under threat of becoming an endangered species. So, now more than ever we need to protect our bees. As part of our Green Policy to become an ever more eco-friendly hotel, we introduced bees to The Ritz family back in 2017. Their beehives are made from sustainably grown pine wood and are each named after one of our Signature Suites: Green Park Suite, Piccadilly Suite, Prince of Wales Suite, Royal Suite and Arlington Suite. After all, they deserve a touch of luxury for all their hard work!

Bees at The Ritz

Small, but mighty

Did you know? Bees pollinate approximately 80% of flowering crops globally. Therefore, you can thank the humble honeybee every time you sit down to a luscious bowl of strawberries, or a fresh summer salad.

Therefore, bees are invaluable to maintaining our food supply. They act on a far greater scale than any other methods of pollination, such as the wind. Yet the increase in urbanisation, the effects of climate change and the use of pesticides are all contributing to their untimely decline. That’s why The Ritz has joined the growing number of urban beekeepers, helping bees to thrive in Central London, where there are over 3,000 parks for them roam freely. Our Ritz bees particularly love exploring Royal Green Park, St. James’s Park, Hyde Park and the many private gardens that surround The Ritz.

Beehives and herb garden on the roof

Bee-friendly Flora

Of all the colours, bees see purple the most clearly. Therefore, purple flowers, such as lavender, foxgloves and alliums are a great way to attract more bees to your garden. To aid the pollination process, we have planted a herb garden, aromatic flowers and an apple tree around our beehives. These additions, along with the wild flowers that the bees encounter on their journeys around West London, contribute to the delicate flavour notes of the honey they produce.

The Ritz Beekeepers

The bees do their bit, and we do ours

At The Ritz, we have twelve dedicated beekeepers, all of whom are team members. They have been expertly trained in collaboration with the London Bee Keeper Association and volunteer their time to care for our bees. Together they coordinate the annual honey harvest, which takes place at the end of summer. Each hive produces approximately 60 kg of honey each harvest. We then put the honey to use in a variety of wonderful ways throughout the hotel!

Michelin-star Honey Dessert

Deliciously Versatile

In 2020, our Executive Chef, John Williams MBE, created a limited-edition dessert in association with the Sustainable Restaurant Association for The Ritz Restaurant. The exquisite dish, made using the freshly harvested honey, consisted of Honey, Mousseline, Pear and Nougatine in a true celebration of sustainable Michelin-starred cooking. Elsewhere, look out for The Ritz honey creating a buzz in The Rivoli Bar cocktails!

They may be our smallest guests, but The Ritz bees have a mighty impact. They improve life both within the hotel and further afield and long may it continue.

Stay for Longer

Treat yourself and stay at least one more night at The Ritz with our compliments.

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Stay for Longer

Treat yourself and stay at least one more night at The Ritz with our compliments.

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