Mega-posh London hotel Claridge’s has unveiled its spectacular new Christmas tree.
Much as I’m the kind of “wait until December” kind of guy, even I’m getting into the swing of Christmas. So too are the lovely folks at Claridge’s, who have just revealed their Christmas tree. Whilst some may go in a traditional direction for their Christmas tree, the hotel opts for a more stylish design, giving creative control to fashion designers. It usually yields a spectacular result, and 2018 is no different:
Tearing up the rulebook this year is Diane Von Furstenberg, a frequent guest at Claridge’s. Her design is known as ‘The Tree of Love’, a resplendent silver tree hung with mirror leaves, and featuring animal sculptures frolicking amongst the boughs. More of an oak tree than your traditional Christmas fir, the result is nonetheless pretty showstopping.
Standing strong at six metres tall, the tree is surrounded by astrological symbolism and words like “peace”, “freedom”, and “truth”. It’s hung with 150 glass hearts, and 8000 sparkling handmade leaves, which cast reflections across the Claridge’s lobby.
To be fair, Claridge’s have a history of stunning, Insta-worthy Christmas trees. Witness last year’s breathtaking creation, a 16ft upside-down tree created by legendary fashion designer, Karl Lagerfeld:
Before that, they had 2016’s Christmas collaboration between Apple designer Jony Ive and Marc Jacobs:
Equally pretty was the 2015 tree from Burberry designer Christopher Bailey:
We really could go on and on, but alas we’re out of time. You can see all of Claridge’s Christmas trees, dating back to the first in 2009, by having a gander here. Meanwhile, the hotel’s exterior is looking festive, albeit slightly more traditionally than the interior:
All in all, it’s a fine addition to the capital’s Christmas. Check it out for yourself at Brook Street, Mayfair, W1K 4HR. Nearest tube is Bond Street.
See more festive illuminations in our guide to Christmas lights in London.
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