This year's Christmas trees are loaded with originality and glamour
Ralph and Russo Christmas Tree at The Lanesborough, Hyde Park
British couture house Ralph and Russo has designed this year's festive arrangement at The Lanesborough. Striking ruby red and raspberry silk petal flowers hang delicately among a canopy of chandelier-like crystals, intertwined between lustrous golden leaves. The Lanesborough’s resident feline friend, Lilibet, is sporting a bespoke collar featuring the logos of both The Lanesborugh and Ralph & Russo to celebrate her first Christmas at the hotel in style.
Location: The Lanesborough Hotel, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA Nearest station: Hyde Park
Christian Louboutin Christmas Tree at Claridge's, Mayfair
Christian Louboutin is the latest designer to create the Christmas tree at Claridge's, following Diane Von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz. A longtime friend of the hotel, the French shoe designer has placed a giant crown upon the evergreen extravaganza, which is elegantly adorned with shoe-shaped gingerbread biscuits and gleaming baubles. To accompany the tree, the hotel has unveiled a Louboutin-red dining carriage, coined the Loubi Express, with four tables and an attentive Cocktail Conductor serving Champagne and canapés. A Christian Louboutin pop-up boutique has opened around the corner in the prestigious Burlington Arcade.
Location: Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR Nearest station: Mayfair
The mighty Sketch, which gained a third Michelin star this year, has once again transformed its interiors for the Christmas season. An opulent festive arrangement takes centre stage in The Lecture Room and Library, conjured by Ricky Paul Flowers. Shoreditch-based art studio Pom Pom Factory has created a kaleidoscopic paper display in the Parlour, complete with a giant origami bow, while milliner Piers Atkinson worked with artist Alex Haw and Carly Rogers Flowers to transform the Entrance Hall and Main Reception. Prepare to be amazed.
Location: 9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 7am-2am Sat: 8am-2am Sun: 8am-12am Nearest station: Oxford Circus
Luke Edward Hall Christmas Tree at The London EDITION, Fitzrovia
British artist Luke Edward Hall has lent his creative flair to this year's colourful Christmas tree at The London EDITION. Described by Hall as a 'riot of colour,' figurative illustrations and vintage baubles nestle in the branches of the tree, which is topped by a golden galleon ship.
Location: The London EDITION, 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
David Batchelor’s Christmas Tree at King’s Cross
Steering away from tradition, artist David Batchelor has created a striking, futuristic Christmas tree in King’s Cross’ Granary Square. Reflective of his passion for bright colours, geometric shapes, and industrial materials, the 13.5-metre tall tree has been constructed using scaffolding and luminous LED lights, redolent of a Bauhaus sculpture.
Location: Granary Square, King's Cross, London, N1C 4PQ Nearest station: King's Cross
The Royal Exchange Christmas Tree, The City of London
This year, the glorious Fortnum & Mason Christmas tree reaches an impressive twenty-five-feet at The Royal Exchange in the heart of London. Countless twinkling ornaments add a touch of festive sparkle, while miniature iterations of the iconic Fortnum and Mason hamper hang playfully from the branches. From 1 December, London's largest advent calendar will also stand in the West Entrance of The Royal Exchange where a visitor can win a gift from one of the boutiques daily.
Location: Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR Nearest station: Bank
Covent Garden Christmas Tree
Undoubtedly one of the most iconic trees in the capital is Covent Garden’s Christmas tree which never ceases to make an impact year after year. This season is no exception, as the impressive 55-foot, British-grown tree stands tall in the Piazza once again, adorned with over 30,000 twinkling lights, perfect for providing the ultimate festive backdrop for your next Instagram moment.
Location: The Piazza, Covent Garden, London Nearest station: Covent Garden