Get down to the buzzing streets of Carnaby for Bees’ Needs Week until 15 July- a celebration of the nation’s furry, flying, black and yellow friends.
The week long ‘Carnabee’ takeover is in support of Defra’s campaign to raise awareness of bees and other pollinators – and importantly, what we can do to help them thrive. Bees are responsible for 80% of the pollination that occurs in the world and play an integral part of pollinating plants, food crops and sustaining the entire food chain. Pretty important stuff. Did you know Carnaby is already home to over 1,000 flower window boxes with pollinating flowers and in addition to this, homes around 30,000 bees in hives across the Carnaby roof tops?
Throughout Bees’ Needs Week you’ll see a bee-themed makeover of the iconic Carnaby Street arch, plus an art trail of honey bees around the 14 streets of Carnaby, illustrated by London based artist Lizzie King. In addition to this, there will be a special pop-up ‘Hive’ situated at 3 Carnaby Street which will be hosting a range of fun educational games, installations and talks in partnership with Defra, alongside charities, universities, businesses and landowners. Make sure to stop by to discover the low-down on the buzzing beauties and the chance to get close to all the bee action.
Bee inspired for your new summer wardrobe with Swatch’s MAX L’ABEILLE bumblebee watch, core frame sunglasses in ‘Honey’ at Cubitts, Joy Everley fine Jewellers’ silver and vermail bee jewellery collection or a pair of bee illustrated trainers from Superga. Souvenir connoisseurs We Built This City have brought in an exclusive Bee collection, featuring the Queen Bee card, bee candles and fresh London honeycomb.
Make sure to look out for some tasty treats throughout the week. Head to Le Bab for their honey infused cocktails and desserts, Bread Ahead for their delicious honeycomb doughnuts or So Pure Café for a black and yellow striped honey bounty bar. Crumbs & Doilies will be serving bee themed cupcakes on Friday 13 & Saturday 14 July.
Clench your thirst with a honey infused ale at SACRED Café or a refreshing 'The Bee's Knees' cocktail from Dehesa. Alternatively, head to Whyte & Brown for their ‘Honey 75’ cocktail or
Tapas Brindisa Soho for their exclusive Bees Needs cocktail made with the golden ingredients of Alemany Tumeric honey.
Follow the Bees to Win
Fancy winning £250 to spend in Carnaby? Illustrator Lizzie King has been buzzing around the 14 streets of Carnaby adding her special Bees to restaurant and shop windows. Follow the trail of the 10 bees, snap a picture of your favourite one, and share with us using @CarnabyLondon & #BeesNeeds to be in the chance of winning. T&Cs apply.
Keep up to date on #BeesNeeds at @CarnabyLondon #CarnabyLondon