Looking to buy a Christmas tree in London? Here are a few brilliant places to pick yourself up a dapper Douglas fir.
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 and Richmond. 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.
Find your nearest location here.
2. One Fine Tree, Fulham
As soon as you open up their website, you know these guys are Christmas maestros. Just look at that beautiful falling snow! While they offer delivery options, you can also visit their Parsons Green pop-up, with its twinkling lights, pretty trees and red post boxes.
St Matthew’s Church, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, SW6 2TX. Nearest station is Parsons Green, or take the Overground to Imperial Wharf.
3. 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.
4. Capital Gardens, various locations
Capital Gardens are really going all out in 2017. 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, Bushey Park, Clissold 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-seven locations across the capital, in (deep breath) Barnes, Battersea Park, Brick Lane, Brockwell Park, Brunswick Square, Camden, Chiswick, Clissold Park, Ealing, Fulham, Kenwood House, Kingston, Maida Vale, Notting Hill, Pimlico, Regents Park, Shoreditch – St Leonards, Upper Holloway, Victoria Park, Wandsworth Bridge Road, Wandsworth High Street, Wembley, West Ealing, West Hampstead, 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 last year!
Find your nearest location using their snazzy interactive map.
6. Creekside Christmas,
On the downside, Creekside Christmas won’t be reprising their Camden Market pop-up this year. The upside of their move to purely online store, however, is that they claim to be offering the cheapest trees in London. Hard to disagree with them too, when you can get a beautiful 6ft non-drop Nordmann Fir for less than £45. These are available in seven different sizes (go for the 10ft one and DAMN THE CONSEQUENCES), or they offer Norway Spruces in five sizes, so you’re spoiled for choice.
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. Alternatively, make use of the rest of the garden centre to pick up some flowers and create your own version of St Pancras’ blooming marvellous Christmas tree. After all, it’s Christmas, so you mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, NW1 0JW. Nearest station is Camden Town, or Camden Road Overground.
8. 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! Should this Christmas apathy prove just too much for you, they also have four locations across the capital to visit.
Their London locations open for business or December 1st, and you can find your nearest one here.