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St. Pancras International x EL&N unveil ‘Tree of Hope’ Christmas Display – 06.11.20
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London’s loveliest Christmas tree displays

There's no doubt that lots of lovely Christmas trees will be popping up this year, but in the meantime, check out the best ones from last year

Written by
Isabelle Aron
&
Paula Akpan
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Christmas in London is always memorable. There’s dazzling festive lights, yuletide marketswinter events 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. We’ll be updating this page as and when this year’s firs get revealed, but in the meantime, check out the best ones from 2020 below. 

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London’s loveliest Christmas trees for 2020

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After what can only be considered a pretty icy year, it seems fitting that the famous Claridge’s Hotel unveiled a bejewelled white-frosted Christmas tree. Designed by McQueens Flowers’ founder Kally Ellis, the 4.5-metre tree gave off frozen winter wonderland galore with a hefty helping of crystals and pendants. 

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One of three glamorous trees that graced King’s Cross, the Christmas installation at Coal Drops Yard took things up a notch. Designed by one of the resident shops, the Botanical Boys, the 28-foot ‘Terranium Tree’ was made up of 70 little miniature gardens. If that wasn’t enough, these micro-gardens were reflected in the tree’s 168 mirrored baubles, providing a real treat for the eyes.

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Electric by name and by nature, Granary Square’s Christmas tree was a luminous wonder. The 36-foot Electric Nemeton Tree sat bang in the middle of the square making it a pretty unmissable feature. Designed by local architecture practice Sam Jacob Studio, the installation alluded to the origins of the Christmas tree tradition and paid the ever-familiar pine tree its much-deserved dues.

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Every year since 1947, Norway has gifted Londoners with a classic Norwegian spruce by way of thanking Britain for its support of Norway during the Second World War – and despite the challenges, 2020 was no different. Decked out with vertical strings of light in the heart of Trafalgar Square, this tree clocked in at over 20-metres tall. It’s little wonder the bedazzling tree is fondly described by Norwegians as ‘the queen of the forest’.

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While real snow may be rare in the capital, Covent Garden’s installation offered a big dose of the white stuff, with a 60-foot tree also in tow. At the West Piazza, Londoners were dazzled by the Christmas display which incorporated almost 150,000 lights and a daily dose of fake snowfall. 

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Though incredibly Instagrammable, last year’s tree in the middle of St. Pancras International station also came with a worthy message. The iconic station was home to the 2020 Tree of Hope, a collab with pink cafe empire EL&N London. The 34-foot pink installation incorporated a fairground-esque carousel and an impressive number of ribbons to celebrate NHS staff and key workers who work relentlessly all year round.

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Known for being a glamorous hotel and members’ club slapbang in the middle of the City of London, The Ned extended that same luxury to the festive season – namely, its classic decadent Christmas display. A 22-foot tree took centre stage, decked out in over 1,000 gold, ivory and champagne baubles. Everything about this twinkling tableau screams Christmas cheer is finally here.

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Cutty Sark? More like cutting edge. Royal Museums Greenwich welcomed the Christmas spirit with a minimalistic twist on the classic Christmas tree. With strings of lights arranged to give the outline of a pine, the installation sat proudly on the mast of the world’s only surviving tea clipper to wish us all a very Cutty Sark Christmas.

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