Ever since Prince Albert popularised Christmas trees in the Victorian period (Queen Caroline had in fact been having Christmas trees in England from the 1790s); they have been the pinnacle of Christmas decorations. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite Christmas trees that can be found in London this year, from traditional spruces to metallic gold and silver umbrellas programmed to moved!
What: Winter Wonderland
Why: Designed by their in house florist, Mark Siredzuk, One Aldwych’s Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree is adorned with 130 sparkling birdhouses, white glittering bird branches, frost asparagus fern and hundreds of sweet robins. They’ll also be serving four Christmas cocktails in the Lobby Bar including the Rockin’ Robin and Almond Warmer. They also have a festive afternoon tea inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with gingerbread and white chocolate cake pops.
Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ
What: A living mosaic of plants
Why: For the creative types who count London Edition as one of their favourite hangouts comes a tree to match. The fashion world’s florist of choice, Mark Colle, was commissioned to create a tree for the Lobby Bar and the result is spectacular. A normal tree from afar, up close it is made up of moss, ivy and other greenery and illuminated by glass light bulbs.
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
What: German-inspired decorations on a 15ft tree
Why: In keeping of the German heritage of German Gymnasium, the Grand Cafe is celebrating it’s first Christmas in King’s Cross with a grand tree to match. Inspired by the craft of traditional German Christmas markets, the 15ft tree is decorated with nutcrackers and candy canes galore, all made by luxury knitwear label Cats Brothers.
Where: 1 King's Boulevard, King's Cross, N1C 4BU
What: Christmas trees galore
Why: For those who love the classic Christmas tree, The Strand Palace Hotel is the ultimate place to be to get your fill of all things Christmas. The centrepiece, located in the main lobby, combines beautiful intertwining purple and orange baubles and twinkly lights, but the hotel hasn’t stopped there as they have several Christmas trees dotted throughout the interior, meaning Christmas is literally around the corner.
Where: 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ
What: Eco tree decorated by a fashion icon
Why: Never one to do things by halves, famed designer Vivienne Westwood, has created an 18 foot Christmas tree masterpiece in the triple height atrium bar which overlooks the London skyline. Christmas isn’t just about stuffing yourself silly, it’s a time to reflect too and so the tree is decorated with the beads from the tribes in the rainforest, a lace shroud, globe and animals depicting the different types that have become extinct due to the destruction of the rainforest.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY
What: A sustainable tree, grown in the grounds
Why: Good things come to those who wait, especially over at Blenheim Palace where the Norway Spruces, which will decorate the stately home, have taken 25 years to grow and mature properly. The trees stand at an incredible 20ft tall and are checked for nesting birds and wildlife before any felling takes place, they’re also available to purchase with options between 5-25ft. Over 2,400 yards of fairy lights will be used to create a glorious festive atmosphere throughout the grounds.
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP
What: Christopher Bailey's Umbrellas
Why: Now in their sixth year of teaming up with designers, this year Claridge’s have joined up with Burberry’s CEO and creative director Christopher Bailey. Taking inspiration from the iconic Burberry trench and the fact that it pretty much always rains in December, the tree is made from a hundred gold and silver metallic umbrellas. With 1000s of light motion sensors in place it will glitter and sparkle as you approach it and some are even programmed to move!
Where: Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4HR
What: Forget stockings it's all about shoes!
Why: Hotel Café Royal have joined up with British luxury footwear luxury label Malone Souliers to create their stunning Christmas tree that will be appear to be floating in the centre of Ten Room. Made from aluminium, mesh and foam the tree will be clad in festive red suede and will be decorated with 150 colourful Malone Souliers shoes – to celebrate the hotel’s sesquicentennial. There will also be a Malone Souliers pop-up shoe parlour in the main entrance, where 50% of all the pop-up’s proceeds will go to Starlight Children’s Foundation. Over in The Café they’re serving Christmas cupcakes, pudding and mince pies!
Where: 68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY
What: Damien Hirst's Spruce
Why: For the first time the Connaught will be displaying a tree on Mount Street so that the whole neighbourhood can enjoy it. Standing at over 30 feet, the Norway Spruce has been decorated by Damien Hirst. Of course it wasn’t going to be traditional gold baubles and tinsel, instead Hirst has drawn inspiration from the sense of hope that science and medicine has given the world. You’ll find snowmen formed from giant pills, white doves and garlands of pink sausages – no not a medical invention, a symbol that Christmas is a time of plenty!
Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
What: Baubles created by celebrities
Why: The Christmas tree in the lobby of the Royal Horseguards Hotel has more than a touch of glamour. Each giant bauble has been filled by a different celebrity including Kate Moss, Kit Harrington and Florence Welch with personal items including Stella McCartney sunglasses and a signed album from Florence Welch. The baubles can be enjoyed over the Christmas break by bidding on their eBay page now.
Where: 2 Whitehall Court, London, SW1A 2EJ
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