Skylon supports the bumblebee population

Skylon bumblebee installation

Southbank bar and restaurant Skylon has unveiled a beehive installation and honey cocktail menu to support the UK’s bumblebee population.

The new visual and sensory installation, which is running until September, aims to transport guests into a dripping honeycomb of dreams, featuring a fantasy beehive filled with beautiful flowers and summer blooms.

Skylon has collaborated with Laurent Perrier to design three cocktails, each focussing on the versatility of the champagne while enhancing the floral flavour of honey.

The new menu includes: the Bee Old Fashioned, Honey!, featuring a muddle of Bulleit bourbon, apple, hazelnut, orange, applewood honey smoke and Laurent Perrier Cuvée; the Honey Bear, made with Zacapa 23yr rum, amaretto, turmeric, honey, peach, citrus and Laurent Perrier Cuvée; and Queen Bee, combining Tanqueray No 10 gin, Hibiscus, Pimms cup No 1, wild berry shrub, honey paint and Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rose.

£1 will be added to each customer’s bar bill and donated to The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, which ensures a better future for bees.

With bumblebees declining dramatically in the UK, this has a devastating effect on crops and wildflowers, as well as food and drink production.

According to Professor Dave Goulson, director of The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Britain once boasted 25 native bumblebee species. Three have disappeared in the last 50 years, ten are currently “severely threatened”, and two are “tethering on the edge of extinction and could be gone in five to ten years quite easily”.

The restaurant is also serving a honey-inspired dessert to coincide with installation, entitled the Honey Nut Hive. The pudding comprises a toasted walnut cake and burnt honey ice cream, topped with shards of honeycomb and bee pollen.

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