Dale Gibson

Dale Gibson is co-founder of Bermondsey Street Bees, a multi-awardwinning sustainable beekeeping practice and artisan honey business, founded in 2007. It has over 100 hives in Central and East London as well as country hives in Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk. To this day however, Bermondsey Street Bees’  base remains in Bermondsey Street itself…with the original eight hives still on the rooftop of their scenic Victorian warehouse, overlooking The Shard. Every honey produced by Bermondsey Street Bees is single-source and raw, preserving all of the nutritional benefits and rich complex flavours. Bermondsey Street Bees also pioneers sustainable urban beekeeping strategies through its forage planting initiatives, collaborations with local gardening charities and other projects including a best-selling book ‘Planting for Honeybees’.   Voted Britain’s ‘Small Artisan Producer of The Year’ in 2016, Bermondsey Street Bees has also twice been awarded ‘Best Honey in London’ (200 & 2017) as well as being named as one of London’s  ‘Top 20 Food Producers’ and ‘Top 50 Food Heroes.’

Dale Gibson's Project

Meet Bermondsey Street Bees! They’re championing artisan honey, beekeeping and sustainable food in the heart of London. Chatting with Sarah Wyndham Lewis about Bermondsey Street Bees was a joy; her commitment to creating a truly artisan product stands out and passion for bees is infectious. This is genuine, authentic food production at its best.

Dale Gibson's Tweets

No honeybees, wasps, Ivy mining bees or European hornets on the wing in the winter sunshine - but here’s a glorious frosty monument to their last pollination collaboration of the year.

Two inspired tutored Honey Tasting sessions by @honeysommelierlondon at Denmark’s world-renowned #HotelogRestaurantskolen. One featured five rare honeys from around the world (& also a Rowse “honey”!) Another showcased eight local Danish honeys for an enthusiastic student group.

Occasionally you come across a visionary in the world of beekeeping. Oliver Maxwell at Bybi in Copenhagen wants to liberate honey from a joyless destiny at supermarket checkouts & to celebrate honey as an icon of creativity in a collaboration between soil, flora, bees & humans.

A chill Nordic wind whistled through the cobbled streets of Copenhagen as beekeepers, honey hunters, slowfoodists & chefs converged at Tilda og Karl to taste a range of rare worldwide honeys, curated by Honey Sommelier @SarahWyndhamLew. All that followed was sweetness and light…

“Honning” is Danish for “Honey”. By a remarkable coincidence, it is also the name of Katrina Klinken’s honey shop in Copenhagen. Think of this doorway as a unique portal opening onto the world of proper honey, beeswax, propolis, pollen, mead - & expertise on bees & hive products.

An afternoon visit to Denmark’s only organic beekeeper east of Jutland - the redoubtable Peter Sjogren at his apiary by the vast Store Dyrehave National Park. Peter combines mindful beekeeping with ingenious contraptions for pressing honey, propolis harvesting & cleaning pollen.

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