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In 1999 I was missing my rural Shropshire roots and simply had to find a way to bring a bit of the countryside into my life in the capital.

I considered keeping pigeons or pigs, but inspired by my encounters with, as then illegal, rooftop beekeepers in New York during my days as a photojournalist, I installed honeybees on my roof near Tower Bridge.

With urban beekeeping almost unheard of at the time, this simple act captured the zeitgeist: an appetite for pure natural food to be brought back into the heart of the city, for food to come straight from where it is made without interference and to let a quality ingredient speak for itself. The London Honey Company was born.

Today, we are dedicated to the production of extraordinary British honey and passionate in our pursuit of the continued craft of beekeeping, its traditions and methods.

We believe, it is this dedication to nature that creates the glorious range of honey we are known for today. From the Kent coast, to the rolling Cotswolds, to the high Shropshire Hills, our slow beekeeping methods have created a distinctive range of pure natural honeys for all the world to enjoy.

Produced with our bees and our own hands.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Steve Benbow, Founder of The London Honey Company


Passing on the craft

Passing on the craft

The London Honey Company is proud to be passing on the craft of beekeeping traditions to a new generation, through our participation in the Bee farmers Association Apprenticeship Scheme which takes 3 years to complete. 

We are also proud to have been supported by Qest, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, who help to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.

Contact us for further information or to find out about our beekeeping apprenticeship openings.

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