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London’s loveliest Christmas tree displays

Yup, these trees are fir real

Written by
Alice Saville

Christmas in London is always memorable. There are dazzling festive lights, Yuletide markets, glistening ice rinks and not forgetting the city’s display of twinkling trees. From glamorous traditional firs to minimalistic art installations, every year brings a variety of trees to visit around the capital this winter. Here are some of hte city’s best 

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London’s loveliest Christmas trees for 2021

This golden tree celebrates London theatre’s sparkling comeback after the pandemic, and the hardworking backstage creatives who bring shows to life. Top theatre designer Soutra Gilmour has created a tree made of paintbrushes dipped in green and lustrous gold. Some of them are even signed by big theatreland personalities like Dame Judi Dench, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joanna Lumley, and will be given away in a competition to aid the Theatre Support Fund. Stay on the theme by painting the town gold afterwards, courtesy of one of Aqua Shard’s brushstroke-inspired cocktails (which are made of mulled gin not paint stripper, you’ll be glad to know).

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Coal Drops Yard is serving up a leftfield, eco spin on Christmas this winter. Last year’s installation by the Botanical Boys was a 28-foot Terrarium Tree, made up of 70 little miniature gardens. For 2021, they’ve recycled it into Prism, which invites you to stroll through a mirrored tunnel in the tree’s core and marvel at infinite reflections and dazzling neon light. 

The Connaught
Photograph: Connaught

The Connaught

London-based artist duo Annie Morris and Idris Khan have been inspired by the theme of uncertainty for this year’s Connaught tree: something that’ll hit home for pretty much everyone in these changeable times. It’s a precarious-looking but playful collection of stacked irregular shapes, decorating a nine-metre Nordic fir. 

London Edition
Photograph: Bertie Watson

London Edition

Artist Ed Curtis has gone bonkers with hotel London Edition’s Christmas tree, which is a sugar-high kid’s festive fever dream. Hand-painted squiggles, stars, sweet wrappers and funny faces deck its branches, while a smiling yellow star beams down from its peak. 

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This year, St Pancras Station is monkeying around with Christmas tradition by inviting London Zoo to create a magical animal-themed display. An abstract tree sits on an open storybook which contains an animal riff on the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ carol. But the fun really starts once you start hunting for the animals which London Zoo has hidden around the station (decorative ones not real ones, before you start to worry that innocent commuters will be lost to ravening tigers).


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