Top 5 Christmas Trees in London
You’re always guaranteed to have a fantastic Christmas in London and you can be sure to come across a breathtakingly beautiful display around every corner.
Particularly special, are the unique and creative Christmas Trees. Here are 5 of the best around London in 2015.
The Disney Junior Christmas Tree at St Pancras International
The ever impressive Disney have installed a staggering 45ft tree in the St Pancras International train station, made entirely of Disney Store soft toys. The tree contains 2,000 plush toys, featuring every Disney character you can think of, and is said to be the largest of its kind in the entire world.
Even more magical, artificial snowflakes fly from the top of the tree every four minutes, where a one meter high Mickey Mouse sits, dissolving before they hit the floor.
Donated by the Disney Store, the 2,000 toys will all be given to the disabled children’s charity, Kids, in the New Year.
The Burberry Christmas Tree at Claridge’s
In the lobby of the luxurious Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s, stands a towering 20ft structure, stretching right up to the first floor. The motion-responsive tree made up of over one hundred metallic umbrellas and 77,000 lights, shimmers a beautiful gold and silver. As guests walk past the tree, the lights trigger and send magical reflections in all directions, giving the effect of raindrops twinkling down the tree.
The legendary Mayfair hotel has invited a global fashion brand to design an extravagant Christmas tree for their lobby for the last six years. This year welcomed Burberry to the hotseat, with CEO & Creative Director Christopher Bailey incorporating the typical rainy weather in Britain with the origins of the Burberry brand as a trench-coat maker.
The unveiling of the Claridge’s Christmas Tree has become somewhat of a tradition over the last six years and symbolises the beginning of Christmas in Mayfair, attracting people from all over the world.
The Damien Hirst Tree at the Connaught
Another hotel of pure luxury in Mayfair is The Connaught, and this year they decided to share their Christmas Tree for all the world to see by placing the 30ft Norwegian Spruce outside.
The Connaught Tree was designed by Damien Hirst, a long time friend of the hotel, and features over 300 extremely unique decorations in the form of snowmen made out of giant pills, garlands of sausages and traditional white doves. The idea behind the design was to resemble the hope and faith derived from the power of medicine and science.
Commenting on the tree, Hirst said: “The Christmas Tree is a celebration of togetherness, a joyful symbol of hope and love. For the decorations, I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today”.
The Norwegian Fir in Trafalgar Square
The Norwegian Fir, found at Trafalgar Square every year, has long been a tradition since 1947. This tree is a gift from Norway as a thank you for the support of England during WWII. The tree is usually around 20ft tall and over 50 years old, carefully selected and shipped over from Oslo.
London respects the gift and decorates the tree in Norwegian fashion, with about 500 lights. At the bottom front of the tree, a plaque reads: ‘This tree is given by the city of Oslo as a token of Norwegian gratitude to the people of London for their assistance during the years 1940-45’.
The Kalpataru: The Wishing Tree at the Victoria & Albert Museum
As part of the India Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum have had an abstract, 11ft tall Kalpaturu tree installed at an exhibit. The Kalpataru, also know as The Wishing Tree, is a colourful ensemble of free-standing structures created by Sarthak Sengupta and Sahil Bagga, from Delhi.
The tree was made out of handcrafted beaten brass and displays some classic Indian motifs, like Locus Petals and Paisley, painted by artists from Kerala. The lights represent hope, prosperity and ecology and depict some of the customs observed during traditional Diwali celebrations.
The range of different designs and level of creativity here is absolutely outstanding, and this is just in London! Which fascinating trees have you discovered around the world?