Elephants 111-120

Another dose of Elephant Parade for Thursday morning. Here’s numbers 111-120.

111. Mother Nature by Hannes D’haese; The Hempel
MOTHER NATURE

112. Tara by Mark Shand; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Tara

113. Monopoly Community Chest by Hasbro & Invited Artists; Hamleys Toy Store
Monopoly Community Chest

114. Zambi by Donna Goes; Hamleys Toy Store
Project Zambi

115. Eco the Elephant by Haverstock School & Olswang LLP; originally in High Holborn
Eco the Elephant

Eco the Elephant

116. Hornbill by Helen Cowcher; More London
Hornbill

117. Untitled by India Jane Birley; Queens Walk – Hungerford Bridge
Untitled

Untitled

118. Candy by Isaac Mizrahi; Carnaby Street/Marlborough Street
Candy

119. Oli by Issa; South Molton Street
Oli

Oli

120. The Singing Butler Rides Again by Jack Vettriano; Burlington Arcade
The Singing Butler Rides Again

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

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Guest Post: 5 Unique Free London Activities

Written by Yuli Linssen-Kaminitz. Yuli is originally from Israel but has been living in Holland for the last couple of years with her Dutch husband. London has always seemed to her like a tempting place to run away to which might have to do with the fact that her mother used to live here when she was the same age as Yuli is today…

London is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe with an unlimited number of museums, more than 100 theaters, the famous royal family, numerous vintage shops and of course Kate Moss. Even though London attracts more than 27 million tourists a year, many people from outside Europe still find it an extremely expensive destination to visit.

In order to make life easier for those of you who cannot afford to go to on a shopping spree or watch three theatre shows in a row, here are my top 5 free things to do in the city:

1. Speakers’ corner
Cumberland Gate Park Lane, North East corner of Hyde Park, London W1K 7TY, United Kingdom – 07533 098 035
Open Sun 12pm-7:30pm

Not only this attraction is free of charge, it is also worth visiting regardless! Where else would you be able to listen to extremely passionate people talking about their beliefs, ideas, conspiracy theories and rough opinions?  In 1872, Parliament decided to allow public speaking in the north-eastern corner of London’s Hyde Park. People from all over the country gathered to raise their important issues – the main discussions were: politics, religion, the economic situation and more. Until this day, every Sunday you will be able to witness people standing on small chairs in Hyde Park and lecturing the crowd.

2. Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill, Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3NA

This is the perfect spot to chill out, have a pleasant picnic and watch the spectacular sunset. Located in the north side of Regent’s Park, Primrose hill not only offers the most magnificent view of the city, the district which surrounds it is full of cozy cafes, trendy restaurants, tiny pubs and shopping streets. Start your day with getting a tan in the sun and finish it with a glass of wine. There is even a chance you will come across a celebrity such as Gwen Stefani, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor; all of them are extremely fond of this place.

3. National Theatre Square
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

The National Theatre Square offers three different vast auditoriums where more than 20 productions are being played per year!  Even though most of the shows do cost money to enter, you would be pleasantly surprise to discover how many free performances are offered monthly. During the whole summer until September 26 you will be able to enjoy for free the spectacular outdoor theatre- “Watch This Space Festival”. This wonderful event includes: extraordinary circus, brilliant dancers, acrobatic performances and many more.

4. Richmond Park
Holly Lodge TW10 5HS

Richmond Park is located in Richmond, West London. It is extremely hard to believe that such an astonishingly beautiful nature area is just 12 miles away from central London! This breathtaking Royal Park is the biggest in London; it covers 2,500 acres of complete beauty and total freedom for the wild animals. Walking there, witnessing the deer running free and listening to the sound of birds, will make you feel like you are not in the UK but in a far away country which words cannot describe how striking is it.

5. Sunday UpMarket and the Backyard Market
Ely’s Yard (entrances on Brick Lane & Hanbury Street), The Old Truman Brewery London E1

Both of these markets are sort of hidden hotspots in the city. They are quite alternative and most of the people there are locals. The Backyard market, (open Sunday from 11am till 6pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm) offers exceptional fashion from young, talented and upcoming designers. Even though the stalls do not offer free treats, you will surly enjoy strolling around and be inspired by the fashion forward clothes, one of a kind jewellery and the distinctive arts & craft treasures. The Sunday UpMarket which is located right next to the Backyard Market is similar with its unique fashion items, funky vibe and colorfulness. The major point of distinction from its neighboring market is the famous food area: Tempting cupcakes, Turkish and Moroccan homemade delicious meals, Spanish paellas, sushi and many more! The best part is: free tasting is offered to everyone!

Yuli works for EasyToBook.com, which specializes in discount rates on hotels all over the world that range from simple motels all the way up to celebrated 5-star venues. For more information about hotels in London, visit their site.

Elephant Parade 41-50

Happy Friday! Here’s another batch of elephants to kick off the weekend.

41. Travels on my Elephant by Elephant Family; Notting Hill Gate
Travels on my Elephant

42. Lahu Girl by Yodsaran Chaidungkaew; St. James’s Park
Lahu Girl

43. Sherlock Holmes by Turdsak Piromkraipak; Baker Street
Sherlock Holmes

44. Fish & Chips by Thammakit Thamboon; Green Park
Fish & Chips

45. New Map of London by Nongklan Ponningmas; Originally at More London
New Map of London

46. Bobby by Thammakit Thamboon; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Bobby

47. Tea Roses by Narongrit Asokwattana; More London
Tea Roses

48. Decors by Pimprapa Dundej; More London
Decors

49. Ferrous by Michael Howells; originally at The Royal Opera House
Ferrous

Ferrous

50. Heaven’s Haathi by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla; Selfridges
Heaven's Haathi

Faves from this batch, anyone? I’m going to go with Ferrous.

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

Elephant Parade 21-30

A mid-week round up of some of the elephant herd. Are you missing them yet? Here’s 21-30.

21. Dart by Rasamee Kongchan; Hyde Park – Dell Garden
Dart

22. Bolt by Thanomsri Meesanga; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Bolt

23. Dash by Thanomsri Meesanga; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Dash

24. Whizz by Thanomsri Meesanga; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Whizz

25. I miss the Forest by Wongpeera Winyarat; Green Park
I Miss the Forest

26. Spike by Jirawan Suwanaklang; Hyde Park – Dell Garden
Spike

27. Chinesephant by Wongpeera Winyarat; Baker Street
Chinesephant

28. Cha-Chang by Turdsak Piromkraipak; More London
Cha-Chang

29. Blue Macaw by Jirawan Suwanaklang; Green Park
Blue Macaw

30. Vorsprung by Storm Thorgerson; Piccadilly
Vorsprung

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!

Elephant Parade 11-20

Today is the last chance to catch the outdoor herd at Chelsea Royal Hospital before the elephants are auctioned off at Sotheby’s. I’d highly recommend going. I went down on Saturday and it’s impressive seeing them all in the same place. The indoor herd is at Westfield until June 30.

Here’s numbers 11-20.

11. Simply Silver by Thammakit Thamboon; Green Park
Simply Silver

12. Polka Dot by Thammakit Thamboon; More London
Polka Dot

13. Doors by Ratchadapol Mueannoo; Duke of York Square
Doors

14. Daisies by Benjawan Sang-Gnernchai; Notting Hill Gate
Dasies

15. Mr. Stripe by Ittikan Chaingam; Foubert’s Place/Newburgh Street
Mr.Stripe

16. Mrs. Stripe by Nongkaln Pommigmas; Marble Arch
Mrs.Stripe

17. Gaj Mani by Yodsaran Chaidungkaew; Green ParkGaj Mani

18. Panda by Turdsak Piromkraipak; Hyde Park – Speaker’s Corner
Panda

19. Blitz by Rasamee Kongchan; Hyde Park – Dell Garden
Blitz

20. Vroom by Rasamee Kongchan; Hyde Park – Dell Garden
Vroom

For more photos, interviews and other info, visit my Elephant Parade page. Stay tuned for the rest!