eck the halls with boughs of holly and, if you’re a London landmark, or five-star hotel, a magnificent Christmas tree. From a high-fashion collaboration at Claridge’s to an opinion-dividing digital offering at ME London, these are the most impressive festive firs to scout out in the capital this winter...
Claridge’s can always be relied upon to pull out all the stops for the festive season and this year it’s called on Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior men’s collections, to design a tree that is pure haute couture. The thoroughly modern Celestial Snow Globe tree blends white toile with holographic projection to create a minimalist tree inspired by the house’s couture ateliers, around which baubles featuring Dior emblems appear to float. The finishing touch? A recreation of Jones’ dog Cookie hugging Christian Dior’s lucky star icon perched atop the tree.
The Lanesborough, Knightsbridge
Another white tree with a very different inspiration, The Lanesborough's dazzling design takes its cues from fine jewellery. Brought to life by Event Imagineer Tony Marklew, the hotel’s Be Bright and Sparkle! festive installation features thousands of faceted crystals and oversized silver orbs which catch and refract the light in the same way as a precious jewel.
The Dorchester, Mayfair
The Dorchester’s resident florist Phillip Hammond is behind the five-star hotel’s festive decorations this year, including Christmas tree markers in the afternoon tea lounge, a resplendent arrangement in the forecourt and fireplaces festooned with baubles and stockings. The centrepiece is a towering Christmas fir, beautifully adorned with red and gold ribbons and baubles. Those looking for decorating tips should book into one of Hammond’s wreath-making masterclasses (£125 per person), which includes a glass of champagne and a step-by-step demonstration from a member of the expert floristry team.
ME London, The Strand
Traditionalists look away now – this isn’t the tree for those who like twinkly lights and tinsel. Instead, the ME London invites guests to immerse themselves in its nine-storey festive installation. Projected throughout the expansive atrium, enjoy seasonal bubbles among golden leaves and romantic fairy lights as snow gently falls around you.
The Ned, City of London
A venue as vast as The Ned demands an equally magnificent tree and, for 2021, the members’ club has risen to the occasion with a 22-ft British-grown Premier Nordman variety. In keeping with the opulent surrounds of the former banking hall, the tree is decked out in 6,500 fairy lights and more than 1,000 glittering baubles and golden leather leaf ferns. Created by in-house florist Grandirosa, the tree is second only to a show-stopping wreath which measures as the largest in the City.
St. Pancras International Station, King’s Cross
Offering a welcoming festive greeting for weary travellers, this year St. Pancras has teamed up with ZSL London Zoo to create a storybook-inspired Christmas tree installation designed to delight the whole family. Featuring zoo inhabitants that have inspired children’s tales for centuries, lighting and sound effects are used to create the atmosphere of the zoo, while the run-up to Christmas will see many of these animals leap from the page to greet visitors to the capital in person.