Think London’s bee population is struggling? Think again. Last week, the city was buzzing about the little critters.
The bee-saving protesters
At 8am last Tuesday morning, the charities Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and campaigning body 38 Degrees assembled hundreds of people in black-and-yellow-striped fancy dress outside Downing Street. They were asking David Cameron to be their wingman during a cabinet debate on whether or not to allow bee-killing pesticides to be used on UK fields. We certainly hope the protest proves successful, and you have to love the slogans on their placards. Our fave? ‘Don’t be a buzz kill’.
The Bee Hotel
Sod A-list guests: West End hotel St Ermin’s has just decided that it’s all about the Bee-list. As well as catering for humans, it has installed enough hexagonal hives on its third-floor balcony to accommodate 300,000 winged guests. It’s cleverly been named a ‘Bee and Bee’.
The Honey Club, a bunch of pro-bee philanthropists (philapiarists?) last week started helping bars to promote a good buzz. A number of King’s Cross venues including Caravan and the Grain Store are now stocking special honey cocktails, with £1 from each being donated to the Honey Club. Bet they’ve got a real sting in the tail.
The Edgware Road Bus Stop Bees
It’s summer, you’re a bee, and you’ve got no plans. What do you do? Catch the bus somewhere nice, of course. That seems to have been the idea behind a throng of bees that invaded the bus stop outside Marble Arch Odeon last Monday. Still, it is typical bee weather. Pop your head out of the window: swarm, right?
In other London news, did you know that the air on Oxford Street is toxic?!