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Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Why fake it when you can have real fir? Here are the best places in London to buy a proper Christmas tree

Toby Allen

Before you've even thought about wrapping presents and prepping a turkey, choosing a Christmas tree is a crucial part of the season's festivities. Keep things simple with Time Out's tips on which type to get, where to buy, and how to get rid of your tree in the New Year.

Know your Christmas trees
Think all Christmas trees look the same? What are you, some kind of tree-racist? Needly evergreens, as any botanist will tell you, belong to three different families: spruces, firs and pines. Firs are popular (and expensive) as they don’t shed their needles. Ask your tree grocer which is which. 

Get to grips with dimensions
Do not buy a tree until you know how high your ceiling is. Also, remember that a trussed-up spruce will expand once you get the netting 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.recycleforlondon.com for details.

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Where to buy a Christmas tree in London

Alexandra Palace Garden Centre

Alexandra Palace Garden Centre

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

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Battersea Flower Station

Nordman Firs, Fraser Firs, Norway Spruce 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. 

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Clapham Junction
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Boma London Garden Centre

Nordman Firs, Fraser Firs, Norway Spruce and pot-grown evergreens; you’ll find them all at the cosy garden centre tucked away in Kentish tips. Knowledgeable staff will give you tips how to avoid being left with a leafless stick come Christmas day and help you buy tree stands and decorations.

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Kentish Town

Brockley Market

Venue says: “Award winning weekly Saturday food market supporting local producers and traders - breakfasts, brunches, lunches and a whole lot more”

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.

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St John's
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Camden Garden Centre

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 kit your house out in leafy festive splendour.

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Camden Town

The Chelsea Gardener

This picturesque garden centre has gone all out for Christmas. Pick up your perfect tree with advice from the charming staff and choose from a huge collection of unique festive decorations and ornaments. They’ve also got a whole bunch of gifts on offer to fill the space under your fir once it’s up.

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Chelsea
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The Christmas Forest

The Christmas Forest

Trees of all varieties – including noble and Fraser firs as well as non-drop Nordmann – are packed into branches of The Christmas Forest. There ten ‘forests’ dotted around the city (including Stoke Newington, Ealing and Dulwich) where you can gobble down mince pies as you browse. It’s an eco-friendly enterprise too: for every tree sold, another is planted in the drylands of Africa.

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Clickmas Trees

Clickmas Trees

Husband and wife duo, John and Lulu, have been providing the people of south east London with Nordmann Firs since 2009. Each of their pitches are at places close to their hearts; the forecourt of Crofton Park Library is turned into a mini evergreen forest to help keep the community library open and accessible. And they’ve also set up shop at Lulu’s childhood church, St Mark’s Kennington. 

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Clifton Nurseries

This stately nursery has been a horticulturalist’s paradise since 1851 and in that time they’ve learned how to do Christmas very well. In between their topiarised box trees and hot houses they’ve got a dedicated Christmas shop filled with sparkling decorations. Plus, you can pick up lush Nordmann firs in sizes ranging from 2.5ft to over 10ft tall.

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Maida Vale

Columbia Road Flower Market

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 a Wednesday in the run-up to Christmas, when the independent shops lining the street stay open till 9pm and carol singers serenade shoppers.

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Bethnal Green
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Creekside Christmas

Creekside Christmas

In order to offer the freshest of firs, online-only company Creekside Christmas collect their pines (both traditional Norway Spruces and non-drop Nordman Firs) from a farm every morning before delivery. With an extensive delivery area across the capital, which includes central and postcodes N, NW, E, SE, SW, W, SM and CR, the Creekside team declare themselves as the "cheapest supplier of Christmas trees to your door in London", so if you're not up for lugging your tree across town, it's definitely worth checking out Creekside's pines this December.

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Growing Concerns

This social enterprise garden centre is staffed by a team of horticulturalists who are intent on improving the environment for those living in the East End. In the run-up to Christmas they’ll be selling sweet-smelling Nordman firs along with quirky decorations and bunches of holly and mistletoe. You might even catch a glimpse of the garden centre cat, Loren.

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South Hackney
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King’s Christmas Trees

King’s Christmas Trees

Buying one of King’s Scottish Nordmann Firs will do more than just add sparkle to your living room. Set up in association with the Jericho Road Project, a homeless charity based in Catford, each tree bought will help rough sleepers and vulnerable people by providing hot meals at the project’s meetings. Pick up your evergreen from one of their store locations in Catford, Beckenham, Deptford and Dulwich, or order for local delivery.

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Neal's Nurseries

This wonderful nursery on the fringes of Wandsworth Common is one of the largest in the capital. In preparation for Christmas, they’ve filled the centre with trees of all different sizes and types, festive wreaths and garlands, twinkling lights and glittering decorations. Plus, if you return your trusty evergreen with its receipt by Jan 14 they’ll compost it for you for free.

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Wandsworth
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North 1 Garden Centre

North 1 Garden Centre

Since the 1990s this centre has grown from a small backyard independent to a boutique-style gardener's essential, winning a string of awards in the process. In the run up to the big day it opens a 'Christmas Emporium' where you can pick up trees, plants bursting with red berries, festive florals and charming decorations.

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One Fine Tree

One Fine Tree

This cosy pitch on Wandsworth Bridge Road sells first grade, non-drop Nordmann Firs ranging from 2ft to 10ft tall. They offer a local delivery and installation service, but it’s worth making the journey to their Fulham HQ. Festooned with twinkling lights and dotted with friendly staff, it makes for a magical shopping experience.

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The Palace Gardener

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

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Fulham
Pines and Needles

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 26 locations in London (including Brick Lane, Brockwell Park, Victoria Park, Regents Park and Hampstead Heath) where kilted salesman will help you pick up various firs in sizes up to 9ft.

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Rassells of Kensington

This beautiful labyrinth of a nursery has sat quietly off Earl’s Court Road since the 19th Century. Every winter they stock a marvelously fragrant selection of top-notch Christmas trees, which are available to order, or can be bought on the day. Their florist can also rustle up some gorgeous festive wreaths and garlands.

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Kensington
Shoots and Leaves

Shoots and Leaves

The folks at this landscaping company trawl around 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 six collection points across west London. If you head over on a weekend you may also find carol singers, brass bands, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Sunshine Garden Centre

Sunshine Garden Centre

This neat and colourful nursery is going all out for Christmas. Pick up lights, gifts, festive food, cards and decorations as well as a bushy sustainable tree. Don’t miss a look at their in-store Christmas displays and a visit to the Santa’s grotto.

Find out more here.

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Comments

19 comments
Michael C

If you're looking for an affordable Christmas Tree, there is a sale taking place until Sunday at 54 Camberwell Green (The old carehome overlooking the playpark) with 100% of the profits going to local charity St Giles Trust.

Very affordable and quality trees. More than £20+ cheaper than the nearby sellers!

James T

Creekside seem like nice people, just don't expect them to be organised or open at the advertised times. The new guys on the block seem a little underprepared this time.

Steph M

Hi all, I have to agree with Time Out, Pines and Needles are awesome. I have bought my tree from them for a couple of years now and wouldn't go anywhere else. I have ordered over the phone but found the website (https://www.pinesandneedles.com/) to be particularly good this year. Merry Christmas everyone and good luck getting your trees!

Wendy Bowen

For great service and a fabulous fresh tree head to Clifton Nurseries to choose a Christmas tree it's a lovely place or you can shop on line too .CLIFTON NURSERIES is in Little Venice just near Warwick ave tube

Lynn Hirst

We use Camden Garden Centre - such a great service and customer care, We have always been really pleased with our trees and so have been going there for years. Also they are a local charity.

Lynn Hirst

We use Camden Garden Centre - such a great service and customer care, We have always been really pleased with our trees and so have been going there for years. Also they are a local charity.

Guy Hoogewerf

We call these guys Pins and Weasels because we love them so much, it's a great service and they come in Kilts, the children love it when their chaps put the tree up for us.

Digs

I've used www.pinesandneedles.com for many years.... I like the fact I can go pick my tree and then have it delivered in the evening.

Marcus

We use www.delivermeachristmastree.co.uk every year. Excellent trees and the same staff have installed the tree for the last 5 years. great guys.

chris

when used goodelf.co.uk, great next day delivery servcie

Hew Stevenson

Try Shoots & Leaves for the best trees and the best service around! www.shootsandleaves.co.uk/xmas

Fidonald@yahoo.co.uk

Christmasforest.co.uk sells online and has great Christmas trees and really good service too - I used them last year and will definitely be buying from them again this year. Very reasonable prices as well.

Dan Price

There is a new site, featured on living social and groupon called Creekside Christmas. They also have a coupon code "snowflake" which will get you trees from £26.99 delivered to your door (within the M25). It's the cheapest deal by a mile and they even have a replacement guarantee if you're not happy with your tree!

Paul

Christmas Fir at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes SW13 have a great selection of premium Nordmann and Noble Fir from 125cm up to 3 Meters in height. Over 1000 trees in stock. Open from 9am to 430pm every day.

David

We used www.londonchristmastrees.net and they were excellent. They delivered too, were extremely friendly and I thought a good price for an awesome tree. Was impressed. Mind you I am sure a lot of these deliver services are equally as good.

Mary

As a resident of central London with a Toyota Prius ordering a Christmas tree online works for us. We have used www.delivermeachristmastree.com for 3 years now and are really happy with the Christmas trees that they deliver. I think they are based in Kent.