London is never a city to do things by halves, if we’re doing something we’re doing it properly and that includes Christmas trees. This year, London has Christmas trees made from glass, decorated by designers, created by fashion legends and built from paper – anything but ordinary. Here are eight of the most impressive.
What: Showtime Christmas Tree
Why: One Aldwych hotel has unveiled its Christmas tree, a sparkling, 25-foot tree inspired by the West End. The tree, designed by the hotel’s resident Mark Siredzuk, features eight miniature stages including The Lion King and Matilda along with a dozen glittering Nutcracker themed boxes. And these aren’t just any simple stages, the Wicked stage has over 500 tiny mechanical cogs, levers and springs. 500. The tree is then wrapped in 5,600 metres of cerise-coloured tulle, 7,400 lights and hundreds of golden musical instruments, top hats and baubles. It’s super shiny.
Where: 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BZ
The Stafford London
What: 100 Christmas Trees
Why: This year at The Stafford over 100 Christmas trees will decorate the hotel from the reception right through to The American Bar and The Game Bird. Every inch of the hotel will be wrapped up in magical lights and decorations – you can even wake up to your very ow Christmas tree in your bedroom!
Where: 16-18 St James's Place, Mayfair, London, SW1A 1NJ
What: The Floral Tree
Why: This year sketch’s Christmas tree is the work of four florists, who have all come together to create a tree which showcases all their signature styles. Starting at the top Rebel Rebel has crowned the tree; JamJar Flowers has ensured the middle is filled with cute and kitsch decorations; Carly Rogers Flowers has designed a world at the bottom and Figa & Co has created a floral peacock that winds around the tree.
Where: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
The London Edition
What: Abstract Christmas Tree
Why: This year The London EDITION’s Christmas tree has been designed by London-based illustrator, ceramicist and textile designer John Booth. You won’t find traditional Christmas decorations and baubles here, instead you’ll find abstract decorations inspired by artists like Karel Appel and Betty Woodman as well as retro children’s playgrounds and post-modern Italian designs. Not a penguin or snowman in sight…
Where: 10 Berners Street, London W1T 3NP
What: The LED Light
Why: Whilst you might not look up and see Father Christmas in the sky (or any stars for that matter, thanks light pollution), what you will see a little closer to home but still way up is Sky Gardens LED tree lighting up the London skyline with its festive glow. Head there to see the tree and visit Moët et Chandon terrace and try Christmas cocktails and alcoholic hot chocolates.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London
What: Designed by Karl Lagerfeld
Why: Things are a little upside down at Claridge’s, mainly their Christmas trees… Designed be Karl Lagerfeld, the inverted trees are topped with silver gilded roots and a mirrored star which twinkles across the lobby. Covered in silver, the tree is adorned with traditional silver lametta decorations, silver butter leather feathers, handmade snowflakes and tree candles. Under the tree, a white Icelandic sheepskin rug represents the snowfall. The result? It’s pretty spectacular.
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
What: Origami Christmas Tree
Why: There’s going to be no need to have to vacuum under the Christmas tree to get those pesky needles at Nobu, because they’ve done away with a tree altogether and instead have enlisted East London Origami Artists, Papershake to create a 3m paper tree made from luxury shoji paper which is often used to create Japanese screens. They’ll be lights too, except not the traditional fairy lights, rather, this tree is lit from within so that the lights bounce off the paper creating geometric shadows. It’s for all the minimalistic lovers.
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BH
What: 245 Pendant Lights
Why: If you’ve had one too many eggnogs/Champagnes/mulled wine etc then you’ll need to stay away from aqua shard’s Christmas tree, it’s inspired by The Shard and is made from 245 hand-made blown glass pendant lights. Definitely don’t want that one being knocked over. Created by British product designer Lee Broom and glassware brand, Nude, the tree will raise funds for the British Red Cross – you’ll be able to buy the lights from Lee’s website. The restaurant has also created a special cocktail and pudding which will be on sale until 5th January with 50% of the net sales going to the charity too.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY