Consumer warning: these London Christmas trees may give you intense tree envy.
It’s finally December which means that Michael Bublé has nearly defrosted and London’s remarkable Christmas trees are up and ready to be admired. In the spirit of 2020, many of these festive trees are far from predictable, but we can guarantee that you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Here are thirteen Christmas trees that Santa himself would approve of. (Featured image: @rachfullerphotos)
Covent Garden is home to the largest hand-picked Christmas tree in the city! This show-stopping tree is draped in twinkling lights, festive decorations and is sealed with a perfect red bow. This is just one part of their festive display, which features over 115,000 lights. Covent Garden has also decided to grant us the white Christmas we truly deserve by dusting the area with flurries of snow every day this month. Read all about it here.
Covent Garden Piazza, WC2E 8RF. Nearest station is Covent Garden.
The pink gods at EL&N have designed the ‘Tree of Hope’ for St Pancras station and the message behind it is even sweeter than the tree itself. The insanely Instagrammable creation pays tribute to NHS staff and key workers that have helped carry the UK through the pandemic. It is a whopping 34ft tall and is covered in ribbons with beautiful messages of love and hope. Beneath the tree you’ll find an enchanting carousel with horses – and yes, they’re pink too. 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 2020 effort is another sparkling contender. They have just unveiled their jaw-dropping tree and it’s just as lavish as the hotel. This silver and white frosted tree is dripping with 10,000 garlands and pendants, made from glass and crystal! The extravagance of the design is a nod to the hotel’s Art Deco design as well as the glitz and glamour of the Roaring 20s. Gatsby would be proud. Read all about it here.
Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR. Nearest station is Bond Street.
4. Leadenhall Market
This magical market represented Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, however we can assure you that it’s equally as fantastical during the festive season. Leadenhall Market’s extraordinary tree illuminates the entire market with its dazzling lights and striking decorations.
Gracechurch Street, Langbourn, EC3V 1LT. Nearest station is Monument.
5. Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
King’s Cross has opted for a ‘traditionally untraditional’ Christmas this year, and they have installed three trees that are exactly that. The first resides in Coal Drops Yard and is made out of 70 individual terrariums, each containing their own living garden. It is decorated with 150 mirrored baubles that add a festive flair to the design and is beautifully illuminated from below. Find out more here.
Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, King’s Cross, N1C 4DQ. Nearest station is King’s Cross St Pancras.
6. Wembley Park
Wembley Park’s Winterfest may be cancelled this year but that doesn’t mean they can’t celebrate the festive season in style. London’s tallest LED tree is currently brightening up the area and spreading Christmas cheer to anyone in sight.
Wembley Park, Wembley, HA9 0RJ. Nearest station is Wembley Park.
7. The Connaught Hotel
The Connaught Hotel is not only home to the world’s best cocktail bar, but you’ll also find a pretty spectacular Christmas tree waiting outside to greet you. Their festive offering is simple and sophisticated, with hundreds of beautiful fairy lights to feast your eyes on. It is also gigantic, so prepare to be amazed.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 2AL. Nearest station is Bond Street.
8. Granary Square, King’s Cross
Every year Granary Square goes pretty conceptual with their tree – as you’d expect from the home of Central St Martins. And this year is no different. Their electric Nemeton tree installation merges a fairytale forest with modern architecture. In short, expect lots and lots of brightly coloured triangles!
Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4PQ. Nearest station is King’s Cross St Pancras.
9. Aqua Shard
A collaboration between Veuve Clicquot and British set designer, Soutra Gilmour, has led to the creation of this show-stopping tree – and I use the term tree loosely here. Paint cans, ladders, lightbulbs and hundreds of golden paintbrushes were combined to create this masterpiece. The Aqua Shard’s unconventional take on Christmas actually has a heartwarming message behind it. The tree intends to celebrate the craftspeople behind the scenes of London’s theatre industry after a year where the arts greatly suffered.
Level 31, The Shard, St Thomas Street, SE1 9RY. Nearest station is London Bridge.
10. Sofitel St James
Clearly ‘the bigger the better’ is Sofitel St James’ motto and I don’t blame them. This towering tree is hard to miss and it’ll have you feeling merry and bright in no time. Everything from the dazzling decorations to the elegant star atop the tree, is fabulously festive.
11. Battle Bridge Place, King’s Cross
This epic installation completes the King’s Cross trilogy of unorthodox Christmas trees. It is located just outside the stations and is both multi-coloured and interactive. Passersby will be able to control the dynamic lights with their steps and movements, with sensors reacting to their every move. If you want to rock around this Christmas tree, you’ll surely be in for a colourful treat.
Battle Bridge Place, King’s Cross, N1C 4TB. Nearest station is King’s Cross St Pancras.
12. Trafalgar Square
There aren’t many things you can guarantee in life, but Trafalgar Square’s festive tree making a return over Christmas is definitely one of them. Every year since 1947, Norway donates an eye-catching tree to the Big Smoke as a thank you for helping them out in WW2. Norway clearly has great taste as this year’s tree is brilliantly blue and simply breathtaking. Some traditions never get old! Find out more here.
Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DX. Nearest station is Charing Cross.
For more festive fun, check out these 16 twinkling Christmas lights displays in London.
Also published on Medium.