This year is the 125th anniversary of The Savoy but rather than expect a hefty haul of birthday presents as someone of 125 should, they are giving something back to London and in particular Britain’s bees.
They are creating the capital's first ever central wildflower walk, River of Flowers Central London in partnership with social enterprise, ‘River of Flowers’ which is launching this month. The aim is to increase the planting of native wildflowers in the city and the awareness of green and floral spaces along the Thames. Dotted along the banks of the river, patches of wild flowers will create perfect ‘pit-stops’ for bees because as you may have read they have somewhat declined recently and of course this needs to be reversed.
For those taking part in the walk there is a beautifully designed map that plots the wild gardens, meadows and trees along the Thames. The trail will not only connect the likes of The Savoy, Tate Modern and Queen Elizabeth Hall who are all creating homes for bees, but it will also introduce visitors to the likes of Victoria Embankment Gardens, Jubilee Gardens and the Inner Temple Gardens.
To celebrate the launch River of Flowers Central London, guests will be given a wildflower seed packet to take home so they can create places for pollinators to visit; it will include Bird's-foot Trefoil, Corn Chamomile, Cornflower, Field Scabious, Ox-eye Daisy and Yellow Toadflax. Seeds will also be sown in any new meadows created along the trail.
After the walk head back to The Savoy for the ‘Wildflower Afternoon Tea’ where you can indulge in cherry blossom baskets, hibiscus and rhubarb slices and lavender eclairs along with a summer peach and Regents Park Wildflower Honey sphere.