It’s been a long year. And yet, it’s also somehow simultaneously sped past us and it’s that very festive time of year once again. And despite the challenges, nowhere welcomes Christmas better than London.
Though Londoners have spent much of the year indoors, the city is more than making up for it with dazzling Crimbo lights,yuletide markets, andwinter events, but as per usual, the twinkling trees have truly caught our attention.
From glamorous traditional firs to minimalistic art installations – there's a variety of trees to visit around the capital this winter. Whip out your earmuffs and hit the road because here's our list of the best Christmas trees to visit in London during 2020.
After what can only be considered a pretty icy year, it seems fitting that the famous Claridge’s Hotel has unveiled a bejewelled white-frosted Christmas tree. Designed by McQueens Flowers’ founder Kally Ellis, the 4.5-metre tree gives off frozen winter wonderland galore with a hefty helping of crystals and pendants. For those of us who are craving a bit of glitz and glam, this installation is well worth a visit.
One of three glamorous trees gracing King’s Cross, the Christmas installation at Coal Drops Yard has taken things up a notch. Designed by one of the resident shops, the Botanical Boys, the 28-foot ‘Terranium Tree’ is made up of 70 little miniature gardens. If that wasn’t enough, these micro-gardens are reflected in the tree’s 168 mirrored baubles, providing a real treat for the eyes.
Electric by name and by nature, Granary Square’s Christmas tree is a luminous wonder. The 36-foot Electric Nemeton Tree sits bang in the middle of the square making it a pretty unmissable feature. Designed by local architecture practice Sam Jacob Studio, the installation alludes to the origins of the Christmas tree tradition and pays the ever-familiar pine tree its much-deserved dues.
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, this year is no different. Decked out with vertical strings of light in the heart of Trafalgar Square, this tree clocks in at over 20-metres tall. It’s little wonder the bedazzling tree is fondly described by Norwegians as ‘the queen of the forest’.
While real snow may not be on the cards for London this year, Covent Garden’s installation offers a big dose of the white stuff, with a 60-foot tree also in tow. Head over to the West Piazza to be dazzled by the Christmas display which incorporates almost 150,000 lights and a daily dose of fake snowfall. While you’re there, it would be remiss to not check out Covent Garden’s first ever fortnight-long mulled wine festival. It’s only right.
Though incredibly Instagrammable, this year’s tree in the middle of St. Pancras International station also comes with a worthy message. The iconic station is now home to the 2020 Tree of Hope, a collab with pink cafe empire EL&N London. The 34-foot pink installation incorporates a fairground-esque carousel and an impressive number of ribbons to celebrate NHS staff and key workers who have been working relentlessly all year round.
Known for being a glamorous hotel and members’ club slapbang in the middle of the City of London, The Ned has extended that same luxury to the festive season - namely, it’s classic decadent Christmas display. A 22-foot tree takes centre stage, decked out in over 1,000 gold, ivory and champagne baubles. Everything about this twinkling tableau screams Christmas cheer is finally here.
Cutty Sark? More like cutting edge. Royal Museums Greenwich welcomes 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 sits proudly on the mast of the world’s only surviving tea clipper to wish us all a very Cutty Sark Christmas.