With the festive season in full swing I thought I’d share with you my top ten favourite Christmas trees in the capital.
Number 1. The Natural History Museum.
The Natural History Museum in South Kensington will always be on my list, with its beautiful setting, its ice skating rink and the old fashioned carousel, what’s not to like.
Number 2. Trafalgar Square.
This one’s a classic with a lot of history behind it. The tree is given as gift to the people of Britain from the city of Oslo as a token of gratitude for British support to Norway during the Second World War. It has been given annually since 1947 and is typically over 20 meters tall and is decorated in the traditional Norwegian style with 500 white lights.
Number 3. Covent Garden.
Christmas time in Covent Garden is magical with its giant Christmas tree in the market square sat in a huge wooden pot and the market decked out with traditional decorations. It really gets me in the festive mood.
Number 4. St Pancras Station.
Sat right in the middle of the Arcade concourse is this years offering from St Pancras, and it’s something a little different. Station florist Moyses Stevens has created this stunning 47 foot masterpiece to get travellers in the festive spirit.
Number 5. St James’s.
Between The Mall and Piccadilly lies the rather posh area of St James’s with its expensive shops and restaurants, but it won’t cost you a penny to visit it’s lovely Christmas tree which sits right next to the Guards Crimean War Memorial.
Number 6. Claridge’s Hotel.
This year Claridge’s has something uniquely different, an inverted Christmas tree designed by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld. Standing 16 feet high the tree has silver gilded roots topped with a multifaceted mirrored star. The tree is hung with traditional silver laments decorations and silver butter leather feathers and snowflakes that have been handmade in Germany.
Number 7. Somerset House.
Once again the annual Skate at Somerset House has opened its doors and is sponsored by Fortnum & Mason the upmarket department store. The tree sits in front of the ice skating rink and is decorated in gold and green baubles and mini Fortnum & Mason hampers.
Number 8. New Scotland Yard.
Appropriately decked out in blue and silver decorations the Christmas tree outside of New Scotland Yard on the Embankment is not only a lovely tree but also has another purpose. It’s to also help in the Metropolitan Police’s annual charity event to help collect presents for children in London who would otherwise go without.
Number 9. The Rosewood Hotel.
The Rosewood Hotel on High Holborn hides a secret in it’s small internal courtyard, it’s beautifully simple Christmas tree. Not fancy, not over the top, just decorated in traditional style with white lights, just lovely.
Number 10. Connaught Hotel.
The Christmas tree at the Connaught is a 30 foot Norwegian spruce with decorations designed by artist Tracey Emin. The decorations are a poem which is a message of love written by Tracey Emin herself for the Connaught. Her words have been recreated in coloured lights shaped to represent her distinctive handwriting.
I hope you enjoy my collection of Christmas trees and that it gets you in the festive mood.