Last Sunday, I took the opportunity to travel to London to go on walkabout looking for elis. I don't often go into London on weekends and had forgotten what a nightmare public transport usually is. Half the tube lines were down as they are doing extensive maintenance and preparing for the Olympics, I suppose.
After a lot of faffing about, I was finally successful at getting a train into Marylebone. From there, a quick trip round on the tube to Paddington, where I knew this eli had been moved - #87 - Happy End of Nature. It was originally supposed to be at Terminal 5 at Heathrow, but I think they thought all of the photography was a security risk!
This elephant was sponsored by The Hempel.
Very bright, beautiful and painterly!
No prizes for guessing what this next elephant is called! What luscious, mouthwatering colours. From Mother Nature to Strawberry, an automatic Japanese screen slides across to access main reception. I was a bit intimidated walking in through the front door, but the receptionist was very friendly and welcoming. Strawberry, #4, was created by Thanom Kongchan.
Beautiful, pared down minimalism - all very stylish! And then outside, luxuriating in a private garden, is the last elephant located at the Hempel.
This elephant named Chestnut, #36 was created by Thammakit Thamboon.
Loads more of West London to come, but for now, all good elephant hunters must go to bed. It's been a busy day.