Excavations of the College in 2017 uncovered the remains of two rooms which formed part of Henry VIII’s Greenwich Palace. These remains can be seen beneath the Painted Hall Vestibule in the King William Undercroft, and are thought to be ‘bee boles’, interior spaces in which bees could be kept during the winter months to keep them warm and alive. 

Our bee and honey ranges speak to our history as Greenwich Palace, birthplace of Henry VII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth I, and the way of life that would have been commonplace here at that time.