Ho, ho, ho-ly moly – is it that time of the year already? Christmas is hurtling towards us faster Santa on his sleigh, and London is starting to look very festive indeed.
The city is decking its halls like never before, and lucky Londoners are being treated to some stonking Crimbo lights, yuletide markets, and winter events, but as always, the festive firs are taking centre stage.
From towering British-grown pine trees to avant-garde installations - there’s a huge range of trees to visit around the capital this winter. Grab your woolly hat and wrap up warm - here’s our list of the best Christmas trees to visit in London during 2019.
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London’s loveliest Christmas trees for 2019
This towering 55-foot tree was one of the first to land in London. The bushy beast will be decorated with 30,000 lights, while a further 115,000 have been strung across the Piazza ready for the big launch on November 12. If that doesn’t fulfil your pine cravings, the shopping hub will also create a forest featuring Christmas trees decorated by local brands, including Miller Harris, For Art’s Sake and Tiffany & Co. They’re taking ‘tree-sponsibility’ for their environmental impact too, planting ten trees for every one cut down, more than 50 in total, and recycling the used ones after Christmas.
Boujie shopping centre Liberty has revealed its Christmas decor for 2019, and it’s slightly trippy to say the least. Inspired by the mythical symbol of the Tree of Life, the Tree of Liberty is a vision in pink and teal with cloud-like blossoms. You'll find it floating in the central atrium. It matches their Christmas fabric print for the year, an intricate, Alice In Wonderland-ey affair called Jeweltopia.
What’s better than a majestic Christmas tree covered in fairy lights? One that’s surrounded by an ice rink, of course. The Natural History Museum’s tree has become a firm favourite in London, and thousands enjoy skidding around it every year. Book your skating session beforehand, or admire from the safety of the viewing balcony.
Merry Lancômas! There are no prizes for guessing that this “tree” in St Pancras was made by Lancôme. There are 1,500 bottles of their best-selling perfume literally flashing all over the thing. It’s also in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, because Eurostar. And it’s pink, because... that’s Santa’s fave colour? But wait, before we go full grinch, once the tower is taken down, every bottle of perfume is being donated to Look Good Feel Good, the brilliant charity that helps people going through cancer treatment.
A giant Lego dragon! Yes please. The Savoy pulls out all the stops this year with an enormous wyvernish tree covered in candycanes and baubles.
Overshadowing the 1,080-spout fountains this month is Granary Square's minimal, colourful tree.
Decorated with Fortnum & Mason's baubles and baskets, the City's big conifer takes pride of place at Bank junction.
Look out for the gingerbread stilettos on the Christian Louboutin tree at Mayfair's beloved hotel, which is topped with a jaunty paper crown this year. Visitors are welcome to admire it with a Louboutin-designed cocktail onboard the 'Loubi Express'.
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