From traditional green pines to contemporary art installations, beautiful Christmas trees are popping up all around the capital. Check out our pick of the best for some serious festive decor inspiration…
Jewellers to the royal family, House of Garrard, designed The Lanesborough’s beautiful Christmas tree this year. The decorations are inspired by the gilded interiors of Garrard’s 18th century roots, when London’s thriving theatre district was its home and opera masquerades were the height of fashion. Tree adornments include regal red and blush pink fans which reflect those carried by the ladies of the time, decorative masks reminiscent of the ones worn at glamorous masquerade balls and chandelier-like glittering crystal ornaments.
Luxury perfumer diptyque has designed two trees for Hotel Café Royal this year, one in the lobby and one outside the Oscar Wilde lounge. Both are scented with diptque’s Sapin de Lumière fragrance and adorned with ornate and baroque-inspired embellishments by Parisian designer and illustrator Pierre Marie, known for his Hermès scarf designs.
Befitting for its East London home, Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch wins the prize for best alternative Christmas tree. Created by created by London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer, famed for his innovative and playful use of lights worldwide, the minimalist tree is formed of special LED light ‘flames’, giving the impression of candles.
St Pancras International teamed up with Tiffany & Co. to create this year’s 43-foot sparkling scented tree. It’s quite the spectacle, with 600 replicas of Tiffany’s signature perfume, 600 hand-crafted paper flowers and 600 white, silver and blue baubles. The classic star on the top of the tree is swapped for a 4-foot Tiffany fragrance bottle, with a Tiffany blue robot just below that is brought to life via animatronics. Walk past the tree and you’re likely to get a hint of Tiffany’s signature scent, which is diffused from the tree at key intervals each day.
Iconic hotel Claridge’s is known for their fashionable firs, with Dior, Lanvin, Jony Ives, and Karl Lagerfeld designing trees for them in the past. This year is no exception: Diane Von Furstenberg has created the “Tree of Love”, a six-metre-tall chic creation aiming to celebrate “all aspects of love and life”, featuring 8,000 shimmering silver-leafed leaves, blue glass spheres and 150 glass hearts. Underneath its branches six animals can be found, all symbolising different qualities: an owl for knowledge, a dove for wisdom, a horse for wisdom, a deer for gentleness, a peacock for beauty and a mouse for curiosity.
Sadie Clayton‘s Christmas tree installation at Granary Square is another alternative one, featuring 104 copper leaves and twinkling lights. Located on the restaurant’s outdoor terrace, the design is inspired by mindfulness and positive energy, with the internal illuminations shining through the leaves reflecting the natural warmth and sparkle of the festive season.
Trafalgar Square’s festive offering is steeped in tradition: every year since 1947, the people of Norway have given us a tree as a gift of thanks for Britain’s support for Norway during World War II. The chosen tree must fit certain criteria: evenly set branches, a perfect cone shape and a vibrant green colour, and this year’s is a whopping 69ft tall and 70 years old.
Design studio Bompas & Parr is behind Aqua Shard’s Christmas tree this year. Inspired by the distinctive shape of The Shard, the ‘Snowscape’ is an interactive snow globe, adorned with frosty branches which reach up through the atrium. Reach inside the structure and you’ll feel the cool breeze of the whirling snowstorm – and if you manage to catch a golden snowflake you’ll win an exclusive rum cocktail.
With the grand 18th century courtyard as a backdrop, Somerset House’s 40ft tree sparkles over the glistening ice rink. Decorated with blue and gold baubles and mini Fortnum & Mason hampers, the towering tree is the centrepiece for alpine-themed pop-ups, festive food at Fortnum’s Lodge and a winter line-up of exhibitions.
There’s no better time to visit The Dorchester than at Christmas, when its façade sparkles with golden lights and the doormen welcome you in with an extra spring in their step. Amid the golden interiors of the hotel’s lobby you’ll find a beautiful 14-foot Christmas tree, adorned with gold, pink and silver decorations, alongside festive flower displays.
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