We’re Head Over Heels For Claridge’s Sparkling Silver Christmas Tree

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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:

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Photo: @claridgeshotel

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.

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Photo: @adammhyman

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.

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Photo: @dvf

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:

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Photo: @claridge’s

Before that, they had 2016’s Christmas collaboration between Apple designer Jony Ive and Marc Jacobs:Jony Ive Christmas Tree Claridges

Equally pretty was the 2015 tree from Burberry designer Christopher Bailey:Christopher Bailey Christmas Tree Burberry Claridges

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:

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Photo: @eatwellanywhere

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.

Featured image: @justefe

Alex Landon

Alex Landon

Although Alex spent most of his life in Somerset and Durham, London is (almost) in his name, so he relocated to the capital and fell in love with it. Now going by the moniker 'Secret Landon', you'll find him eating all of London's street food, lost in a bookshop, or shouting at his beloved ice hockey team, the Minnesota Wild.