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…
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The lavish court of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, inspired the show-stopping tree in sketch’s Lecture Room and Library. Designed by Ricky Jackson of Ricky Paul Flowers, the tree recalls the opulence of the 18th Century royal court, echoing the artistic fascination for “Chinoiserie”, the aristocratic fashion of the time.
The 10th anniversary tree at the iconic Mayfair hotel was bound to be one of the capital’s best. This year’s did not disappoint, having been
created by the hotel’s longtime friend and guest, designer Christian Louboutin. Adorned with red and gold baubles, dusted with shimmering snow and sporting a golden crown, the 5m tree stands in a wintry forest clearing. It’s joined by the bright-red Loubi Express, an intimate dining carriage offering champagne, cocktails and classic Claridge’s canapés.
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A maximalist riot of twinkly tinsel, vintage baubles and colourful bows, topped off by a golden galleon, the resplendent 20-foot tree almost touches the ceiling of the hotel’s Georgian lobby. Titled
A Christmas Dream, it was dressed by British artist and designer Luke Edward Hall, who also added giant cut-outs of his signature illustrations. For the perfect canvas to Hall’s playful decorations, Antwerp-based florist Mark Colle fashioned a six-metre structure covered with fresh pine greens.
Unconventional but no less stunning for it, the iconic department store’s
Tree of Liberty comes to life in jewel-bright tones of teal and pink, and is visible from every floor (due to sheer size, it was created in three parts). Taking inspiration from an ancient Tree of Life motif, the installation was hand-carved by artists and features reindeer moss and cloud-like bunches of blossom, coloured with natural dyes.
Award-winning Scottish designer Holly Fulton is the star behind Aqua Shard’s festive display, the intricate
DecoDance. Stylish champage-holding figures balance on large, scarlet Christmas gifts, capturing the spirit, glamour and decadence of the glittering ‘Roaring Twenties’ era. The installation is topped off by a huge bow, dwarfing the ladies at a height of six metres above ground.
St Pancras International
St Pancras always gives a good tree – this year’s sparkly centrepiece, in partnership with Lancôme, is inspired by Paris’ most iconic landmark. The 36-foot tower is adorned with over 1,500 glittering bottles of the brand’s signature fragrance, ‘La Vie Est Belle’. Like its full-size French counterpart, the installation also features a magical light show, visible almost 600 times during the tree’s tenure at the station.
Hotel Café Royal
Possibly the best-smelling spruce of the bunch, the tree at Hotel Café Royal is a collaboration with French perfumery Diptyque. Bedecked with glass baubles, a small menagerie of tiny animals and miniature replicas of the brand’s iconic scented candles, it stands as a lovely addition to the hotel’s grand lobby.
Inspired by luxury fashion house Ralph & Russo, the Lanesborough’s glamorous golden tree invokes the magic of haute couture. Hung with a glittering canopy of crystals and embellished with silk blooms in bright shades of raspberry and ruby, the intricate installation was designed by ‘event imagineer’ Tony Marklew.
Created by designer Yinka Ilori, the vivid addition to the Sanderson’s lobby recalls the joy of seeing wrapped presents on Christmas morning. Designed with industrial materials, the tree is formed of colourful stacked objects with an internal light source, creating a glow from within, complementing the hotel’s modernist architecture and eclectic interiors, designed by Philippe Starck.
Bringing touch of avant-garde to traditional festive decorations, the tree at the W is an iridescent, blow-up affair, surrounded by winking disco balls. To create the scene-stealing spectacle, W partnered with fashion visionary and dynamic artist, Jack Irving, responsible for Lady Gaga’s iconic Sea Urchin Showgirl inflatable dress.
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In an ideal accompaniment to its setting, the immersive theatre production set to HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, this unconventional tree is a metallic masterpiece. The tree has been meticulously imagined by Steampunk designer Paul Badham, who created a unique shimmering sculpture that shimmers without a cliché in sight and sits alongside the steampunk-inspired bar.
The Landmark London
An eight-storey glass-roofed atrium with towering palm trees and marble galore, The Winter Garden at The Landmark London is beautiful year-round – but particularly so during the festive season. The glittering 23ft Christmas tree, fits in well amid the outdoor-indoor surroundings, providing the perfect backdrop for yuletide wining and dining.
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