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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Our local SE1 apiary sites scooped up a spree of National Honey Show Awards: @HiltonBankside won 2nd in Medium Honey, while #onetowerbridge won 2nd in the Dark Honey category and @PottersFieldsPa honey won 3rd & Highly Commended in London & Middlesex Honey. Our SE1-derful Honey !

Hello, London. Introducing the next new threat to the welfare of our honeybees: the Asian Hornet. They’re aggressive predators of honeybees, sting like a fast cricket-ball & aren’t sociable with human beings. They’ve been found in Ascot & love access to high buildings & water…..

This way to The National Honey Show! For all things bees and honey, set your satnav for Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher - a great time out for all the family come rain or shine on Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd October. See you there, bee-buddies!

Goodbye, shiny trophy! Just polished up the Carter Cup (awarded for “Best Honey In Middlesex”) for return to @nathoneyshow (21st-23rd Oct at @Sandownpark). Previous winners include such star luminaries of the London beekeeping scene as Bill Fitzmaurice, Judy Earl & John Chapple !

If you look closely, you’ll see a white crescent gleaming at the base of each dark brood cell. These are bee larvae (baby bees) - it’s unusual to see such a wall-to-wall carpet of young brood as autumn leaves begin to fall. But this pattern augurs well for a strong 2022 build-up!

The honeybee is not just the provider of delicious, nutritious honey nor solely a key cog in the eco-cycle. Beeswax is utilised in >1000 everyday applications (this French beeswax polish, for example) & propolis plays a large part in the natural pharmacy of many human cultures !

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