How lovely is it that the photo challenge topic this week is my favourite colour? And how horrible is it that I don’t have a lot of photos with blue as the primary colour?!? That is, until I opened my Elephants in London folder!
In the summer of 2010, a herd of colourful elephants appeared in London. The elephant parade was done to raise awareness about the plight of Asian elephants. People all over London were taking photos of the amazing elephants that took up residence in neighbourhoods and landmarks in the capital.
I thought I’d share the blue-coloured ones in honour of the theme for this week’s photo challenge!
One of two blue elephants in Leicester Square.
The second blue elephant in Leicester Square
One of the blue elephants near Trafalgar Square.
One of 2 elephants near Charles I Statue.
I can’t remember where this one was exactly!
This one was in the corner of the square, the corner nearest to Canada House.
What I love about London is the little discoveries you make around the corner. My discoveries tend to be about food, mostly places to eat and what’s great to eat at these great places to eat. Once on a London trip we came across this restaurant near Covent Garden. It has a small, discreet, side street entrance with little plaques inviting you to come in. The buzz around town is, seeing that it’s close to the West End theatres, a lot of celebrities dine in Joe Allen. And I am not ashamed to say that when I went there I had my eyes peeled well. I wanted to see someone famous!
Needless to say, I didn’t see any celebrities. I wanted to take a cheeky photograph of the theatre show posters framed on the wall but only managed to get this blurry photo! Ah well, I guess I’m not a born paparazzo then!
I had to use this photo for this week’s photo challenge. This was taken outside Cyber Candy, a candy shop in Soho. They have all sorts of lovely American sweet treats. It’s the one place in the UK that I’ve been able to find Big Red chewing gum. For those of those who don’t know, Big Red is a cinnamon-flavoured chewing gum. It’s readily available in the Philippines but ever since I’ve moved over, I’ve been feeling the withdrawal symptoms because I can’t just pop into a convenience store over here and just buy a pack of them. I just had to laugh because for those of us who watch the Simpsons, Duff is not an energy drink!
The first thing I thought, even before reading the description for this week’s photo challenge was “ooooh that columned passage at the Queen’s House in Greenwich!” So without really thinking, this picture was what I decided to post.
I love this photo. This was taken while having breakfast at Dishoom in Soho. I couldn’t resist taking a photo. The simplicity of the restaurant’s decor made it even more attractive. I love how simple the concept was: hanging lamps from the ceiling on very long chains.
I will be honest, the food wasn’t the best, not for me anyway (or else the food photos would be featured too, I suppose) but I may be persuaded to go back if only for the fabulous decor!
The smartest thing to do when ringing the year in is being warm and staying indoors. The downside to that smart thing to do is missing the brilliant fireworks happening outside. This photo was taken indoors and is of the TV screen. I couldn’t be in London to ring in the new year, but the fireworks then were brilliant!
I have been looking for a really good salt beef with pickle and mustard on rye and found it.
If you’re in London, in Soho, on a Thursday, Friday or a Saturday, you should pay Bel Shapiro and The Bell and Brisket in the Brewer Street Market a visit. She absolutely will NOT disappoint. My salt beef sandwich was bee-yoo-tee-ful and absolutely delicious.