Christmas trees are popping up all over London. Everywhere I go there’s a fir decked with lights and baubles. Some are seasonal staples, others new additions to the London Christmas scene, and all are getting me in the mood to belt out carols as I walk down the street. In wandering, I’ve come across a lot of Christmas trees in London, but there are 7 that stand out above the rest.
Christmas Trees in London
Why? For different reasons. Some are enormous. Others are stylish. And still more are picture pretty. So read on for my top picks of the season.
1. Christmas Tree in Trafalgar Square
This year is an important one for London’s annual Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square. It’s the 70th anniversary of the year Norway first gave the British people a tree in honor of the UK’s support in World War II. Since then a giant Norwegian spruce has graced Trafalgar Square every December. 2017 will be no exception, and the tree, which is on its way to London as I write, will be lit up at a ceremony on December 7th.
2. Christmas Tree in St James’s
Not far from Trafalgar Square, the Christmas tree in St James’s takes over Waterloo Place next to the Guards Crimean War Memorial. I first noticed it last year, when December sunrises lit up the sky in orange to match the shiny ornaments on its boughs. Since then it’s been one of my favorite Christmas trees in London.
3. Christmas Tree at The Connaught
London’s hotels have a tradition of decking the halls, lobbies, and restaurants with seasonal decor, and The Connaught in Mayfair is no exception. Its annual Christmas tree sits outside the hotel’s entrance and adds to the lights and atmosphere on Mount Street, which always puts on a good show at Christmastime.
4. Christmas Tree at the Natural History Museum
The Christmas tree at the Natural History Museum is one of London’s most famous. Sitting in the middle of the ice skating rink, it takes pride of place in the museum’s wintry courtyard. Skaters glide around it and a carousel circles next door, all combining to make a festive picture.
5. Christmas Tree in Covent Garden
Another part of London where the tree takes pride of place is Covent Garden. The piazza is full of everything from a giant reindeer to larger-than-life mistletoe, but the real eye catcher is the Christmas tree. Standing tall outside the covered market, it dominates the square and brings the season to life.
6. Christmas Tree in Claridge’s
Back in Mayfair, perhaps the most non-traditional of all the Christmas trees in London is the one in Claridge’s. The hotel is known for having a different designer take charge of the tree each year, and in 2017 it’s none other than Chanel’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld. He has turned the tree upside down—literally—and made it more fashionable than most women in Mayfair.
7. Christmas Tree in St Pancras International
Up in King’s Cross, the annual Christmas tree in St Pancras International train station might just be my favorite. While the theme changes every year, the tree is always creative—one year it was covered in teddy bears—and tall enough that it never fails to catch my eye as I walk by. This year it’s garlanded with flowers, and it checks my boxes for both beauty and Christmas perfectly.
And that’s what I love so much about London’s Christmas trees. They make the skies bright on dark winter days and bring color to the city in the festive season. I can’t wait to see more in the coming weeks, and if you hear me belting out Christmas carols in the streets you’ll know why.
How about you? What do you think are the best Christmas trees in London?