Every year, you and your colleagues have fierce debates about when is the right and proper time for people to put up their Christmas tree. Is the day after Bonfire Night too early? (Yes) Shouldn’t you postpone putting it up until you actually have presents to put under the damn thing? (Maybe) And will the whole operation take two hours long than you’d anticipated? (Absolutely). Now though, December is here, which means it’s time to embrace Christmas trees in all their festive glory. Check out our pick of the most Instagrammable Christmas trees in the capital below – #TreeGoals.
What: This legendary hotel has been inviting distinguished guests to design its Christmas tree for nine years now, and following Karl Lagerfeld’s barnstorming upside-down creation in 2017, this year’s tree has been designed by revered fashionista Diane Von Furstenberg. Furstenberg has named her creation a ‘Tree of Love’ and the striking six-metre sculpture is adorned with over 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves and glass spheres.
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, W1K 4HR
The Connaught, Mayfair
What: This year’s Christmas tree from The Connaught has been designed by artist and Royal Academician Sir Michael Craig-Martin, CBE. Found beside the Tadao Ando fountain, the vibrantly coloured tree is nine metres tall and has been adorned with no less than 12,000 light bulbs. Instead of remaining static, the tree’s lights will glow, fade and sparkle in regularly changing patterns all the way through to the first week of January.
Where: The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL
Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross
What: The Ivy Collection’s King’s Cross outpost has taken a minimalist approach to its tree for 2018, employing the help of artist Sadie Clayton (who has previously collaborated with Alexander McQueen) to create a Christmas tree made entirely from copper. The copper tree is a nod to the industrial roots of King’s Cross, and the restaurant is marking its arrival by offering three-limited edition Christmas cocktails, as well as a snowball-inspired dessert.
Where: Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, N1C 4AB
The London Edition, Bloomsbury
What: Found in the hotel’s Lobby Bar, this tree is a 14-foot fir creation, which is decorated with over 160 hand-folded snowflakes. Paper artist Zoe Bradley has spent over 100 hours crafting the paper decorations which cover the tree, aiming to capture a, ahem, freeze-frame of snowflakes falling from the sky. The tree’s crowning glory is the majestic white peacock perched at its top, with a plume of feathers cascading down the side.
Where: 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
What: Nobu’s previous Christmas trees have never gone down the traditional route, and this years is no exception. The seven-foot tall LED tree has been created by London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer, who has previously designed pieces for the likes of Rihanna and U2, and is known for his playful use of lights. The tree’s individual lights are small LED lights replicating candle flames, adding some festive warmth to the hotel’s lobby – one for East London’s cool kids.
Where: 10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH
One Aldwych, Covent Garden
What: Designed by One Aldwych’s resident florist Mark Siredzuk, this towering 25-foot tree is adorned with 130 snow domes. Each one depicts a charming snowy scene: nutcracker soldiers, reindeers beside mini fir trees, toy trains winding up snowy hillocks, penguins on icebergs, or robins all aflutter. The tree is made from 125 bunches of natural birch twigs, with 7,400 clear fairy lights, while the base is a shiny mirror box complete with globe lights.
Where: 1 Aldwych, WC2B 4BZ
What: Probably one of the most unconventional trees you’ll see this year, Sanderson’s effort is inspired by Willy Wonka and is sure to give you a cavity just by looking at it. The sugar-tastic tree is an edible rainbow tower constructed from stacked vintage sweet jars stuffed with colourful candies. The tree is lit by glowing fairy lights and topped with a giant rainbow lollipop – don’t forget to have your dentist on speed dial.
Where: The Sanderson, 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG