Michel Roux meets Bermondsey Street Bees
Our story began began when Dale Gibson realised that the roof of our Victorian sugar warehouse overlooking The Shard would be a perfect place to keep bees in the heart of London. Surrounded by parks and rooftop gardens, Bermondsey Street provides a surprisingly green environment. After completing beekeeper training, he installed the first hives in 2007, beginning a fascinating journey into what has become a passion for bee welfare and raw honey production.
As responsible beekeepers, we play an active role in planting new forage. With London’s open space ever-diminishing, bee-friendly planting is top of the agenda for existing green spaces. Bermondsey Street Bees vigorously promotes this, working with local government, businesses and community groups to sponsor, maintain and educate around sustainable planting initiatives… enhancing urban environments for people and bees alike.
Our Bermondsey Street rooftop honey has become an iconic micro-brand. Being judged ‘Best Honey in London’ at both the 2017 and the 2011 National Honey Shows has been a great endorsement of the care we put into our bees and our raw, unprocessed artisan honey. We’ve won many other prizes too, but probably our proudest moment has been the 2016 Great Taste Awards at which we were named ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ – following our Three Star Great Taste Award and listing in the UK’s ‘Top 50 Foods.’
Alongside our own honey production, our ‘Metro’ and ‘Union’ labels allow us to curate limited edition honeys from other English artisan beekeepers who share our philosophy. We also keep bees and produce honey for a number of visionary businesses who understand the fragile eco system in which honeybees exist and actively support our sustainability agenda.