Courier Life

Urban beekeeping with Bermondsey Street Bees

Former stockbroker Dale Gibson (pictured) came up with the idea of putting hives on the roof of his Bermondsey Street building a decade ago.

Today, he and wife Sarah now have half a million bees in six hives living above them. The pure raw honey the pair filter and jar in their basement has earned national recognition, with the honey consistently listed among the
best in the UK and London.

The diverse number of plant species that bloom at different times of the year in the area around Bermondsey Street is key to the success of the bees and the honey, says Gibson. It’s used by a number of restaurants in the capital, including Honey and Co, Petersham Nurseries and José.

Gibson also works with businesses to install green spaces and bee hives, managing the hives for Soho Farmhouse, Lambeth Palace and Hilton Bankside. With a particular passion for developing local biodiversity, the husband and wife duo have produced a pocket guide to planting for honey bees, stressing that installing a bee hive is pointless if the bees don’t have the right food around them.