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Bees & Kitchen Garden

St. Ermin’s’ roofs are literally alive with activity, bees producing honey and a kitchen garden providing fresh produce.

The third floor roof is home to our 350,000+ good-tempered bees, which can be viewed safely from behind glass. Meanwhile on the rooftop, our kitchen garden, is packed with delicious fruit and vegetables, which like the honey, find their way to our kitchens. The garden not only provides fresh produce for our kitchens but also serves as a break-out space for our kitchen team and bees, who all enjoy to forage daily.
Guests can take a trip to the third floor and watch the hotel’s good-tempered 350,000 bees safely from behind glass, and see these industrious insects go about their daily business – making honey.

Our bees have fantastic access to some of London’s major parks, all within a three-mile radius, where they collect a wide variety of pollen and nectar, giving their honey a truly delicious taste. Cities like London trap heat, meaning these bees can start foraging earlier than rural bees and continue later into autumn.

For the bees that do not live in the hives, there is the ‘Bee and Bee Hotel’. These special hexagonal suites offer a wide variety of bees a comfortable home; bamboo nesting areas and condominiums are for solitary bees such as leaf cutter bees, whereas the boxes are more suited to social varieties like the tree bumblebee. Following the hotel’s ethos that everyone is welcome, the ‘Bee and Bee Hotel’ is also home to helpful insects such as lacewings, ladybirds, earwigs, woodlice and spiders that can rest in peace amongst the crevice stacks.

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Our rooftop has been transformed into a fertile space, where tomatoes, squash, pumpkin, spring onions, French beans, potatoes, olives, clementines, apples, plums, raspberries and blackberries are being cultivated in specially designed beds and pots. Alongside this abundance of fresh produce, there is an extensive herb garden and a greenhouse. 
St Ermins Roof Garden
Green spaces are rare on any London property. We protect and enhance our property's biodiversity by preserving every green space, planting native vegetation, and creating habitats for local wildlife. With the help of our Gardeners Calistoga Growers we have invested huge time and effort planting to help our rooftop hives and all pollinators flourish. We’ve introduced bee friendly plants on every possible space. 

Here’s a list of some of the plants flourishing in our gardens:
OREGON GRAPE Mahonia acquifolium
JAPANESE MAPLE Acer palmitum
RIVER BIRCH Betula Nigra
CHERRY Prunus avium
AGAPANTHUS Agapanthus Africanus
WISTERIA Wisteria sinensis
SALVIA Salvia Officinalis
HELLEBORE Helleborus
JAPANESE ARALIA Fatsia japonica
JAPANESE ARALIA ‘TSUMUGI-SHIBORI’ Fatsia japonica ‘Spider’s Web’
MALE FERN Dryopteris filix-mas
EUPHORBIA Euphorbiaceae
ACER Aceraceae
BAMBOO Bambusa vulgaris
SWEET BRIAR ROSE Rosa rubiginosa
BEAR’S BREECH Acanthus mollis
BIG BLUE LILYTURF Liriope muscari
TURKISH SAGE Phlomis russeliana
WINDMILL PALM Trachycarpus fortunei
JAPANESE CAMELIA Camelia japonica
SPINDLE Euonymus europaeus
CLEMATIS Clematis Viticella
SAGE Salvia ‘Amistad’ 
HYDRANGEA  Hydrangea macrophylla
PANICLE HYDRANGEA Hydrangea paniculata
SIBERIAN BUGLOSS  Brunnera Macrophylla
BIG-ROOT CRANESBILL Geranium macrorrhizum
HEAVENLY BAMBOO Nandina domestica
BITTER ORANGE Citrus aurantium

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