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Finally we’ve crossed the 1st December Christmas rubicon. Everyone who was living in sin, with their Christmas trees already up and fully be-baubled is now absolved. Bring out the tinsel, let’s get Christmassy.

If you’ve now found and decorated your own tree, you’ll have probably noticed that it looks a little lacklustre, so why not seek out some professional inspiration? And what could be better than checking out some of London’s most impressive Christmas trees? Here are some of our favourites…

Claridge’s

Shoespert Christian Louboutin has been trusted with this year’s Claridge’s Christmas tree. The tradition of getting big-name fashionistas in to create incredible installations continues, with Louboutin occupying shoes previously worn by the likes of John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and the man responsible for your iPhone battery woes, Jony Ive. This year, Louboutin has introduced an immersive element, with the Loubi Express.

Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
www.claridges.co.uk

Flemings Mayfair

Hot off the heels of hosting Hillary Clinton, Flemings Mayfair have another glittering star in the form of a Christmas tree that’s refreshingly restrained yet overwhelmingly traditional. Festooned in candles and baubles, it’s a cracker.

7-12 Half Moon Street, Mayfair, W1J 7BH
www.flemings-mayfair.co.uk

The Connaught

Artist Sean Scully is responsible for the Connaught Christmas tree, a 25,000 light-bulb extravaganza split into four blocks of colour. The 30-foot tree in Mayfair’s Carlos Place stands next to the Tadao Ando fountain and marries together abstract art and Christmas whimsy. According to the artist “It’s a Suprematist Christmas tree wearing a starry night magician’s hat”.

Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL
www.the-connaught.co.uk

Aqua Shard

Fashion designer Holly Fulton is famous for her 3D designs and what could be three-dee-er than a massive great Christmas tree? Add another D and that would be the potential vertigo from being 31 storeys high. The tree takes 1920s glamour and gives it a Christmassy spin.

Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
www.aquashard.co.uk

Hotel Café Royal

The grand Regent Street hotel has kept the vibes traditional, but added something special in the form of lucky charm ornaments that aim to bring together all faiths at Christmas.

10 Air Street, Soho, W1B 4DY
www.hotelcaferoyal.com

Liberty London

Taking liberties, the tree at Liberty London isn’t a Christmas tree and, come to think of it, is flying too. All of which makes the installation all the more thrilling! The magical tree is inspired by poet Gabrielle Djanogly.

Regent Street, Soho, W1B 5AH
www.libertylondon.com

Annabel’s

For a club famous for discretion, you’d not know it from the anything-but-discreet four storey Christmas tree towering in front of the exclusive private members’ club. Think of the doormen, living their working life beneath the bauble of Damocles…

46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT
www.annabels.co.uk

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Searcy’s at the Gherkin 

It may be one of the most innovative buildings in the world, but Searcy’s at the Gherkin have nevertheless kept things ultra-trad with this huge gold and red bauble strewn fir.

30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

116 Pall Mall

The grandeur of the entrance to 116 Pall Mall has competition in the form of a pair of trees flanking the incredible staircase at the venue.

116 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5ED
www.116pallmall.com

Sofitel St James

Luxury meets sophistication at Sofitel St James’s. The tree, part of the hotel’s ‘Christmas Couture’ theme, combing the decadent decorations on the tree with a theme running across its festive afternoon tea and Christmas menus at Wild Honey St James, marking the first Christmas since the renovation project overseen by Pierre-Yves Rochon.

6 Waterloo Place, St. James’s, SW1Y 4AN
www.sofitelstjames.com

W London Hotel

W London have let artist and creative director, Jack Irving loose on the Christmas decorations again and he’s given the hotel an inflatable iridescent tree that probably wasn’t what you expected. The man who brought us the ‘techo-rative signature-pillow’ has done it again.

Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QF
www.marriott.com

The Petersham Hotel

Richmond hotel The Petersham is ever elegant, and never so much so as their ornate staircase, which is perfectly completed with a traditional tree featuring motifs recalling Richmond’s deer.

Nightingale Lane, Richmond, TW10 6UZ
www.petershamhotel.co.uk

The Curtain

Self-described as ‘bold’, the wigwam-cum-Christmas-tree design is by fashion and textile artist Sadie Williams and has been created specially for the private members’ club.

45 Curtain Road, Hackney, EC2A 3PT
www.thecurtain.com

The Savoy

Perhaps our favourite Christmas tree this holiday season, The Savoy keeps the joy of Christmas forefront in their collaboration with Lego. The refreshing approach sees the hotel recreate their Lego “trees” (spoiler alert: they’re not all ”trees’ in the usual sense) twelve times and using nearly 400,000 bricks!

The Savoy Hotel, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
www.fairmont.com

Have you seen any incredible trees? Let us know! Email [email protected]