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By | Lester Haines 1st February 2016 10:58

El Reg nips down to the Hewlett You Inn?

Delivers modestly boxed signage for HPE's private London boozer

When readers recently decided that Hewlett Packard Enterprise's private London drinking club should be dubbed the "Hewlett You Inn?", we promised to knock up some artwork for the boozer and deliver it to the door of HPE's shiny new HQ at One Aldermanbury Square.

Here are said premises during refurbishment last November, when we learned that HPE had applied for a licence to punt alcohol and music to invited guests attending "bona fide private functions".

Well, we like to walk it like we talk it, so last Friday a crack Vulture Central team stormed the building bearing this magnificent sign, inspired by the company's paradigm-redefining green rectangle:

The Hewlett You Inn? artwork

Naturally, we wanted to ensure the gift arrived in good shape, so in the best Hewlett Packard tradition, we first enclosed it a cardboard tube, put that inside a big box surrounded with bubble wrap and foam bits...

The Hewlett You Inn sign inside a cardboard tube inside a box

...stuck the entire works onto a pallet...

The box atop a wooden pallet

...and enveloped everything in plastic wrap, just to be absolutely safe:

The box on the pallet wrapped in plastic

We're relieved to report that the artwork arrived intact, despite warnings that we might want to stick the pallet in a shipping container as added protection for the short trip to the Hewlett You Inn?

On hand for the ceremonial hand-over were our own Gavin Clarke and Clare Loxley, HPE's head of PR EMEA. Meg Whitman herself was reportedly around somewhere, but apparently spent the entire evening shovelling bubblewrap and foam into a skip.

As you can see, future relations between El Reg and HPE looked to be heading down a sunlit path of cordiality...

Gavin Clarke presents the sign to Clare Loxley

Another snap of Gavin presenting the sign to Clare Loxley

...until Clare actually saw the artwork, at which point Gavin was cordially invited to do one:

Clare Loxley gives Gavin a boot up the backside

Sadly, then, it appears we won't be necking any further free liveners at the Hewlett You Inn?, at least until the dust settles or the cleaners dispose of the last remnants of packaging, whichever comes soonest. ®

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