Consumer warning: these London Christmas trees may give you intense tree envy.
I wouldn’t advise checking out these London Christmas trees if you’re ashamed of your drooping artificial tree, to be honest.
Who says your Christmas tree has to, you know, actually be a tree? Mayfair club Annabel’s have thrown down the gauntlet for London Christmas trees, with a towering triangle bedecked with lights, baubles, and presents. It’s massive, and damn impressive too.
The arrival of the St Pancras tree is always an event, and this year we’ve been treated to a Tiffany & Co creation. Resplendent in blue and silver, it towers over commuters, and for reasons that haven’t been adequately explained, it also features a giant robot. It’s merely the latest in a long line of ambitious designs that the station have conjured up, including this bloomin’ fantastic effort last year. Find out more about the new tree here.
Euston Rd, Kings Cross, N1C 4QP. Nearest station is Kings Cross St Pancras.
No stranger to striking Christmas trees, Claridge’s 2018 effort is another sparkling contender. Their silver oak tree is the work of Diane Von Furstenberg, hung with 8000 mirror leaves and suffused with an ethereal blue light. Read all about it here.
Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR. Nearest station is Bond Street.
Silver is definitely in this Christmas, judging by sketch! The Mayfair restaurant renowned for their incredible designs haven’t disappointed with their festive fancy, where filigree strands of tinsel hang from the boughs. The rest of the restaurant is suitably Christmassy, too.
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, W1S 2XG. Nearest station is Oxford Circus.
5. Granary Square
Usually, Granary Square go pretty conceptual with their tree – as you’d expect from the home of Central St Martins. This year, however, they’ve opted for a restrained, traditional fir. It’s simple and effective, and a thousandfold improvement upon last year’s absolute abomination, which I submit for your pleasure:
Chilling, isn’t it? Thankfully, it can’t haunt your nightmares anymore.
Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA. Nearest station is Kings Cross St Pancras.
At this point, you may be thinking “ugh, what’s so secret about Covent Garden?” Well quit your grumbling, because this one is a classic. It also happens to be gigantic, and draped in twinkling lights just for your enjoyment. Covent Garden’s tree is the biggest hand-picked one in London, and is just one part of a festive display which totals over 100,000 lights.
Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8RF. Nearest station is Covent Garden.
7. One Aldwych Hotel
Colours are simply overrated at One Aldwych Hotel, where they’ve kept it simple in silver and white. Less simple are the one hundred hand-crafted snow domes adorning it, a stunning effect that’s well worth the labour.
1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ. Nearest station is Covent Garden.
8. Hays Galleria
Sometimes, the great London Christmas trees just need to sit there and let the location do the talking. Whilst the silver and gold effort here is pretty, it’s very hard to take your eyes off of the beautiful surroundings of Hays Galleria, especially with it dressed up for Christmas.
1 Battle Bridge Ln, SE1 2HD. Nearest station is London Bridge.
9. Nobu Hotel, Shoreditch
Lighting designer Moritz Waldemeyer is aiming to light up Shoreditch with his daringly modern tree. Restrained and elegant, this may not be the biggest of London Christmas trees, but it hopes to outshine them all.
10-50 Willow St, Shoreditch, EC2A 4BH. Nearest station is Old Street.
10. Aqua Shard
Less a Christmas tree, more of a Christmas obelisk, Aqua Shard’s decoration is nonetheless impressive. The wizardry of Bompas & Parr has been employed here, creating a Shard-shaped snow globe filled with flurries of flakes. Just don’t knock it over, for heaven’s sake…
31 Saint Thomas Street, SE1 9RY. Nearest station is London Bridge.
Playing fast and loose with the definition of “tree”, Sanderson London have taken inspiration from Willy Wonka for their Christmas “tree”. Jars of sweets sit on every level, meaning it’s the only “tree” on this list that can give you a sugar rush.
50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NG. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.
12. London Edition
Paper perfectionist Zoe Bradley was given the reins for the London Edition’s tree. It’s your standard Nordmann fir, just jazzed up with 160 hand-crafted snowflakes, and topped with a fabulous paper peacock. Amazing what you can do with a few sheets of A4, isn’t it?
10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP. Nearest station is Tottenham Court Road.
13. The Connaught Hotel
Eschewing tinsel and baubles, The Connaught’s festive offering goes all in on the lights. Conceptual artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin is the brains behind this luminous tree, which periodically transforms in a blaze of colour.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL. Nearest station is Bond Street.
Now that you’ve got your inspiration, pick up your own Christmas tree and recreate your favourite!
Featured image: @lakudavies
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