Sarah Wyndham Lewis

Sarah Wyndham Lewis is the co-founder of Bermondsey Street Bees, a multi-award winning 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.’

Sarah Wyndham Lewis'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.

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Being kept company while watering my allotment this evening by bees on borage (starflower) in a soft light as the summer shadows lengthen.

With EFB-diseased honeybee colonies being destroyed just a short distance away from two of our Tower Bridge apiary sites, it was good to get a clean bill of health from the Seasonal Bee Inspector for our bees @PottersFieldsPa & #onetowerbridge today. Healthy bees are happy bees!

A little outing with @BBCEarth to discuss the niceties of urban beekeeping & how it re-connects city-dwellers to nature. Hat-tip to @HiltonBankside for access to their hives, located on 2 tranquil green rooftops- both dedicated to undisturbed wildlife in the very heart of London.

July is the last month in which we expect to see honey building up on our hives. Well, we’re knocking on the door of mid-July & here’s a visual representation of how our London (Metro) and country (Union) honey supers look, relative to a normal year. At least the bees are strong!

Just seen the “Making of Rodin” @tatemodern - the handiwork of the artist hallmarking each exhibit. Beekeepers are manual labourers, too, as my neighbour #normanackroyd observed. So here’s my light-hearted riff on Rodin with “Making of Honey” (with an obligatory black thumbnail!) 2

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