Hotel instals beehives on roof
Published 03/01/2010 | 11:48
A top hotel is coping comfortably with half a million extra guests.
The Lancaster London (formerly the Royal Lancaster) has installed beehives on its roof.
The 500,000 bees, which were living in the middle of an estate at Camberwell in south London, are now supplying honey for breakfast and afternoon tea for guests at the hotel.
Pots of honey will also be offered to VIPs and honeymooning guests, while the wax from the hives will be used to create candles for gifts.
The hives are protected from the wind and the hotel hopes the bees will produce around 40kg of honey a year.
London is thought to be an ideal place for bees with its variety of flowers, parks and temperate climate.
Hyde Park is close to the Lancaster hotel for the bees which normally forage up to three miles from their colony.