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Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

There’s nothing quite like real fir. Here are the best places in London to buy a proper Christmas tree (or have one delivered from if you’re fancy)

Joe Mackertich
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Is it even Christmas without the smell of pine needles? Fake trees are all well and good, but sometimes you crave the real deal. Heaving a dusty plastic tree down from an attic simply doesn’t warm the cockles anywhere near as much as a trip to the local Christmas market.

There are, however a few basic rules to observe. Listen and learn...

Know your Christmas trees

Read up on the Nordic spruce, Nordmann fir, Scots pine et al to decide whether you want to prioritise value over, say, needle retention. The only drawback to a real tree, after all, is that spiky green carpet come January.  

Get to grips with dimensions

Don’t buy a tree until you know how high your ceiling is. Choosing the right tree will (obviously) depend on what your home can accommodate. Bear in mind that it will likely expand threefold once that netting has been snipped off. You can always chop away unnecessary branches (although remember, children under 12 should not handle chainsaws unsupervised).

When Christmas is over...

If you’ve not arranged a tree pick-up, your local council should offer a tree recycling service. See www.londonrecycles.co.uk for details.

RECOMMENDED: Read our full guide to Christmas in London

Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

This charming garden centre in the grounds of Ally Pally gets a festive transformation come Christmas. It has a dedicated seasonal shop where you can pick up everything from freshly cut and pot-grown fir trees to Christmas decorations and lights.

More info here.

Battersea Flower Station
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  • Battersea

Nordman firs, Fraser firs, Norway spruces and pot-grown evergreens: you’ll find them all at this cosy, independent garden centre. Knowledgeable staff will give you tips on how to avoid being left with a leafless stick come Christmas Day, and help you buy tree stands and decorations. It’s also doing delivery for SW postcodes. 

Find out more here

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  • Brockley

It’s slap-bang in the middle of a car park, but don’t let that put you off this friendly local market. As well as stalls with lush groceries, locally made treats and top-notch street food, there are plenty of quality Christmas decorations come December. As usual, the evergreens come from Hole Park Estate in Kent which has been growing spruces for 60 years. Order a tree for collection or buy it on the spot along with festive flora and garlands.

Find out more here.

Camden Garden Centre
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  • Camden Town

From the end of November every year, this award-winning garden centre, which employs disadvantaged Londoners, is filled with fine firs as Christmas approaches. It stocks trees up to five metres tall, including traditional Norway spruce and needle-holding Nordmann and noble firs. Knowledgeable staff will help trim your tree to fit your stand. The centre also sells wreaths, holly and mistletoe to help you deck out your house in leafy festive splendour. They also deliver.

Find out more here.

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  • Chelsea

This picturesque garden centre goes all out for Christmas. Pick up your perfect tree (home delivery is also available) with advice from the charming staff, and choose from a huge collection of unique festive decorations and ornaments. It also has a whole bunch of gifts on offer to fill the space under your fir once it’s up. There’s also a café on site.

Find out more here

The Christmas Forest

Trees of all varieties – including noble and Fraser firs as well as non-drop Nordmanns – are packed into branches of The Christmas Forest. There are 11 ‘forests’ dotted around the city (including Stoke Newington, Highbury, Ealing and Dulwich) from which you can collect your tree (to help you get in the festive mood), or you can select one for delivery. It’s an eco-friendly enterprise too: they’ve planted more than 250,000 trees in Africa. They usually appear towards the end of November.

More details here.

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Clickmas Trees

Husband-and-wife duo John and Lulu have been providing the people of south-east London with Nordmann firs since 2009. The idea is that you click online and collect at one of their four London forecourts, including one outside Crofton Park Library. Or order a date and time slot for delivery to your London postcode – with the option of recycling collection after the festive period, too. They also offer stands, lights and decs too.

More info here.

Clifton Nurseries
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  • Little Venice

This stately nursery has been a horticulturalist’s paradise since 1851 and in that time it’s learned how to do Christmas very well. In between its topiarised box trees and hothouses, it’s got a dedicated Christmas shop filled with sparkling decorations. Plus, you can pick up lush Nordmann firs in sizes ranging from two-and-a-half feet to more than ten feet tall. They’ve even price-locked them for 2021! 

Find out more here.

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Columbia Road Flower Market
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  • Bethnal Green

Bushy firs are joining the hordes of browsers at what must be London’s most visually appealing market. The stalls are flogging a range of evergreens and festive flora, each with its own deals and prices. Head down there on Wednesdays in the run-up to Christmas, when the independent shops lining the street stay open till 9pm and carol singers serenade shoppers.

Find out more here.

In order to offer the freshest of firs, online-only company Creekside Christmas collects its pines (traditional Norway spruces, Fraser firs and non-drop Nordmann firs) from a farm every morning. With an extensive delivery area across the capital, which includes central and postcodes N, NW, EC, E, SE, SW, WC, W, SM and CR, the Creekside team declare themselves the ‘cheapest supplier of Christmas trees to your door in London’. They can collect your old tree too.

More info here.

 

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A product of 2020, Green Elf Trees was established to deliver sustainable Christmas trees that might otherwise go to waste to London homes. Not only that, but this bold new company employs out-of-work musicians and entertainers to deliver its trees across London. With every purchase, they make a £3 donation to charities including Mind and Crisis.  

Find out more here.  

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Cosily ensconced in John Lewis’s pine-scented log cabin, it’s easy to forget that you’re mere moments from the throngs of Oxford Street. Discover two British-grown tree varieties mixed in with John Lewis’s faux versions. There are Fraser, Nordmann and Korean firs available from the end of November.

Find out more here.

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Morden Hall Park is a fully fledged National Trust park on the banks of the Wandle tributary. You can go and get your Christmas tree from its garden centre. These trees are very much guilt-free: grown using tried-and-tested, old-school farming methods and hand-pruned and tended over several years before harvesting.

Find out more here.

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  • Wandsworth

This wonderful nursery on the fringes of Wandsworth Common is one of the largest in the capital. In preparation for Christmas, it’s fills with trees of all different sizes and types, festive wreaths and garlands, twinkling lights and glittering decorations.

Find out more here.

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  • Fulham

This large garden centre on leafy Bishop’s Avenue is a sparkling one-stop festive shop kitted out with crafty decorations and ornaments, gifts and trees galore – all arriving in late November. There’s even artificial foliage for those whose track record with houseplants isn’t great. Anyone with greener fingers should nab one of the lush, hand-picked, fir-real evergreens.

Find out more here.

Patch Plants

The online garden centre filling London’s homes and offices with lush houseplants of all shapes and sizes is upping its game for Christmas. Pick between Bruce, a small Blue Spruce and Neva, a taller Norfolk Pine. Or there’s Priya, a mini potted tree, for those who are spatially challenged.

More info here.

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Petersham Nurseries
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  • Richmond

Truly joyous at any time of year, Petersham Nurseries is possibly at its most spectacular at Christmas. Visit the original Richmond branch to peruse British-grown trees in an assortment of shapes and sizes, alongside exquisite wreaths and imaginative decorations. They also do seasonal crafting workshops.

Find out more here

Pines and Needles

Brothers Josh and Sam Lyle founded Pines and Needles as teenagers in 1995, flogging trees from a horse box on their Scottish family farm. They’re now based in 30 locations in London (including Crystal Palace, Victoria Park, Notting Hill and Kenwood House), which open from late November and where kilted salesman will help you pick up various firs in sizes up to nine feet. 

More info here.

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  • West Kensington

This beautiful labyrinth of a nursery has sat quietly off the Earl’s Court Road since the nineteenth century. Every winter it stocks a marvellously fragrant selection of top-notch Christmas trees, which are available to order or can be bought on the day. Its florist can also rustle up some gorgeous festive wreaths and garlands.

Find out more here

Shoots and Leaves

The folk at this landscaping company trawl round the country’s Christmas tree farms to pick out the perfect evergreens to sell. You can buy their fine firs – plus wreaths, lights, holly and bundles of spruce – at five collection points across west London from late November. Or order one online for delivery, with the option of instalment when the spruce gets to yours, too. No option for dealing with the clean-up after Christmas, mind you.

More info here.

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Online retailer The Stem says its mission is to ‘share the joy of plants’. What better time of year to grab a slice of that joy than at Christmas, when the company is selling Nordmann firs from £50, grown sustainably and with free delivery all around the city? Joyous indeed.

More info here.

Sunshine Garden Centre

Meander through this neat and colourful nursery picking up lights, gifts, festive food, cards and decorations, as well as a bushy, sustainable tree, which you can take away with you or have delivered to your home.

Find out more here.

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Christmas markets and fairs in London
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Looking for gift inspiration? Look no further than London’s Christmas markets. At most of them you’ll find foodie gifts, handcrafted pressies and usually a bit of glühwein to help you get into that merry spirit.

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