Bees aren’t the only surprise to be found up on the roof in Covent Garden; wow-factor penthouses with vast roof gardens and panoramic views are a feature too, thanks to clever development in the neighbourhood.
And it's not just the bee community that coexists harmoniously alongside office staff. "My favourite time of day in Covent Garden is early evening, when you'll see tourists wandering happily amongst locals, together with workers enjoying a drink on their way home from the office,” says Richard Hibbert of Dexters Covent Garden.
Sympathetic period conversions above independent stores and offices have resulted in mixed-use buildings of character in recent years. Those labyrinthian roads, from Neal Street to Drury Lane in the east and St Martin's Lane to the west, are certainly a unique place to live and work. Minutes from the West End and at the heart of theatreland, they're convenient too. Under a mile’s walk from no less than five underground lines, Covent Garden is also just a short walk from Mainline rail connections at Charing Cross and Waterloo.
So whether you’re looking for a central London investment apartment, a flatshare or a convenient London base to buy, there’s guaranteed to be a Covent Garden property to fit your brief. Dexters’ Covent Garden office is just off Drury Lane on Great Queen’s Street; visit us soon to talk through your needs.
A very innovative beehive home has been created by James Reed, owner of the UK firm Reed Recruitment. At his central London base at Covent Garden, he and his wife, Nicola, have installed a hive on the rooftop balcony – only metres away from James’s desk and within easy viewing of his hundreds of London staff. ‘When we first brought bees to the office, a few people looked concerned and a couple of people confessed they had a long-standing fear of bees,’ said James. ‘But things have improved as the bees have settled in. As long as the bees don’t swarm in through the office window one afternoon then we should be fine. ‘They’re very interesting to look at. You can sit and watch them going to work and it’s quite fascinating.’