Looking to buy a Christmas tree in London? Here are a few brilliant places to pick yourself up a dapper Douglas fir.
It’s December, so you can officially go nuts. First up: the greenery – here’s where to buy a Christmas tree in London!
1. The Christmas Forest, across London
When something is called ‘The Christmas Forest’, you just know it’s going to be a winter wonderland. They’ve got locations in Battersea, Dulwich, Highbury, Hackney, Finsbury Park, Stoke Newington, Ealing, Kensal Green, Putney, Richmond, and the Lea Valley. They also sell gorgeous festive wreaths, and bunches of mistletoe – but even better than the chance of a festive snog is the knowledge that for every Christmas tree they sell, The Christmas Forest plant a tree in the Sahel region of Africa. Having done it for ten years, they’re now closing in on the 300,000th tree planted. Much better than a patronising Christmas charity single, isn’t it?
Find your nearest location here.
2. Bloom & Wild, online
Living space at a premium? Fortunately, Bloom and Wild have an adorable solution: mini Christmas trees! They are ridiculously cute, and super-practical, leaving much more room for all that Christmas booze. Standing at a mighty 40cm tall, these little trees are delivered in an even littler box, so they’ll even fit through the letterbox. You could even splash the cash and get one for each flatmate, to avoid squabbling over the decorations.
Order them online from Bloom & Wild’s website.
3. Capital Gardens, various locations
Capital Gardens are really going all out this year. Not only do they have two garden centres – on Wandsworth Common and a stunning one up at Alexandra Palace – they’re also holding pop-ups in Richmond Park, Bushy Park, Greenwich Park and Highgate. There are four tree-types to choose from and intricate Christmas decorations available on the side, while their Ally Pally centre has a Santa’s Grotto for the kids.
They have centres at Alexandra Palace (Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7BB) and Wandsworth (Heathfield Road, Wandsworth, SW18 3HR). Their winter pop-up locations can be found here.
You’ll find Pines and Needles all over London in the months before Christmas – quite fitting, given that you’ll find pine needles all over your house for months after Christmas. They’ve got no fewer than twenty locations across the capital, in (deep breath) Barnes, Battersea Park, Brick Lane, Brockwell Park, Camden, Chiswick, Clissold Park, Ealing, Fulham, Kenwood House, Kingston, Maida Vale, Notting Hill, Regents Park, Shoreditch – St Leonards, Upper Holloway, Victoria Park, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Wandsworth High Street, and Wimbledon Park.
Having started in Scotland in 1995 when the founders were wee teenagers, Pines and Needles has grown exponentially since then, and now the kilt-clad tree-vendors are a staple of a London Christmas. They even sold Prince Harry a tree in 2016!
Find your nearest location using their website.
5. Creekside Christmas,
On the downside, Creekside Christmas won’t be bringing back their Camden Market pop-up this year. Instead, they’re running an online store, with trees available in seven different sizes (go for the 10ft one and DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES). They can also throw in lights and stands, so your pad will be looking swish in no time.
Online store only, pick out your variety and size here.
Christmas tree suppliers don’t come with much more pedigree than this. Camden Garden Centre supply London institutions like the London Dungeon, and No. 11 Downing Street (home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer), so you know they’re good. Add some real Lapland tinsel, and your Christmas is all set up.
2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, NW1 0JW. Nearest station is Camden Town, or Camden Road Overground.
7. Green Tree Delivery, online
If you’re super lazy – or just don’t fancy lugging your Christmas tree onto the Piccadilly Line – then this is the service for you. First of all, they will pick out a tree for you and deliver it to your front door at your convenience. Second, and perhaps more importantly for the truly slothlike, they can decorate it for you. Imagine a team of elves scurrying around, hanging lights and baubles whilst you kick back with an eggnog – perfection! They can even pick the tree up at the end of the festive season and recycle it, which is just lovely.
Check out their website here.