Claridge’s Christmas tree is always one of the most impressive in the capital, and this year’s creation does not disappoint. Designed by McQueens Flowers founder Kally Ellis, the white-frosted tree sparkles with dangling iridescent crystal and glass garlands that hang from the leaves and reflect in the mirrored pool beneath it. Coupled with Claridge’s monochrome Art Deco floor, it makes for a striking sight. It’s the first time in a decade that the luxury hotel has not looked to the fashion world for tree decorating tips, with previous collaborations including Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Louboutin.
Brook Street, W1J, claridges.co.uk
The Dorchester, Mayfair
The Dorchester’s resident florist Phillip Hammond is behind the five star hotel’s festive decorations this year, including socially-distanced 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.
53 Park Lane, W1K, dorchestercollection.com
The Shard, London Bridge
Aqua Shard’s glowing Christmas tree has been created in solidarity with the theatre industry and the craftspeople who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Produced by British set designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark, specialist prop maker Simon Kenny and prop supplier Chris Marcus, the glowing sculpture is made from golden paintbrushes that dangle in a pyramid formation. In honour of the dazzling tree, the restaurant has created a special cocktail and dessert, with 50 per cent of sales for both being donated to the Theatre Support Ford, a charity set up by theatre industry workers to help those no longer working due to the pandemic, and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.
Level 31, The Shard, St Thomas Street, SE1, aquashard.co.uk
Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge
Mcqueens Flowers’ Kally Ellis has brought Christmas magic to not one but two hotels in London this year, having created both Claridge’s and Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s Christmas tree. In the Knightsbridge hotel, the theme is ‘A Partridge in a Pear Tree’, and the golden display is strung with glittering green baubles and pear ornaments. As befits Mandarin Oriental tradition, the tree has been produced in partnership with Make A Wish Foundation UK, and the hotel invites guests to donate to the charity via its Just Giving page.
66 Knightsbridge, SW1X, mandarinoriental.com
Belmond Cadogan Hotel, Chelsea
When two luxury brands collide: Belmond Cadogan Hotel has teamed up with Harvey Nichols to create this resplendent tree, which can be found in the Chelsea hotel’s lobby. A pared-back colour scheme of frosted white and silver makes for an understated, elegant nod to the festive season. Look a little closer and you’ll spot the handmade glass baubles by Tom Martin London, on which Cadogan Hotel and Harvey Nichols’ picturesque façades have been painted.
75 Sloane Street, SW1X, belmond.com
Not content with one Christmas tree, Sketch has created an entire festive installation that runs throughout the multifaceted venue – and we wouldn't expect anything less from one of the most spectacular restaurants in London. Carley Rogers Flower kicks off the decorations in the entranceway, where a tunnel of evergreen and dancing lights leads you through to the Pom Pom Factory-designed reception area. Here, artist Karen Hsu has planted her four ornate Christmas trees upside down. In The Glade, Figa & Co. director Kim Beedie has produced a sequel to last year’s A Storm in a Teacup installation, with the all-white tornado reimagined in vibrant shades of green, purple and blue. In the East Bar and world-famous bathroom Pods, Ricky Paul Flowers has gone gung-ho with the glitter. Keep an eye out for a pair of fabulous poodles.
9 Conduit Street, W1S, sketch.london
Granary Square, King's Cross
Perched in the centre of Granary Square, The Electric Nemeton Tree by King’s Cross-based architecture firm Sam Jacob Studio makes for a striking festive display. The metal sculpture is 36ft high and is inspired by Nemetons, the ancient Celtic groves that were constructed using natural materials and acted as sacred gathering places. The sculpture is perched on stilts, providing a walk-through experience for visitors. While you’re there, pop into the shops around King’s Cross and neighbouring Coal Drop’s Yard, where more than 30 retailers will be offering exclusive discounts as part of King’s Cross’s United We Shop campaign.
Granary Square, N1C, kingscross.co.uk
Coal Drop’s Yard, King's Cross
Created by trendy garden centre and Coal Drop’s Yard resident Botanical Boys, this 28ft tree is made from 70 terrariums (each of which contains an individual, miniature garden) and 168 mirrored baubles. At night, the terrariums are illuminated from below, casting a warm glow across Coal Drop’s Yard. Once the festive season is over, the terrariums will be re-homed, while the core structure of the tree will be reused for new displays in 2021.
Stable Street, N1C, coaldropsyard.com
Bond Street, Mayfair
There’s a gift to be found under Bond Street’s Christmas tree, but it isn’t wrapped – the 5m fir is located outside Ralph Lauren and hides a QR code beneath its branches. Scan it to discover a special festive filter, that will transport you to a winter wonderland complete with sparkling snowflakes and fairies. While you’re there, enjoy the enchanting window displays from the likes of Cartier, Dior and Tiffany & Co, which have all festooned their shop fronts with magnificent Christmas decorations.
Bond Street, W1S, bondstreet.co.uk