LONDON’S BEST HOTEL CHRISTMAS TREES IN 2017
Claridge’s Christmas Tree
designed by Karl Lagerfeld
First up, there’s London’s iconic stalwart on the hotel scene, Claridge’s, who love to go one better every year with their Christmas tree. This year it’s been created by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld — over the years, it’s been lovingly designed by visionaries from Alber Elbaz to Jony Ive from Apple. Lagerfeld has decided to do things a little differently and for 2017, upside-down trees are the name of the game. Inspired by the Chanel designer’s boyhood memories in Germany, the centrepiece is a sixteen foot inverted tree with silver gilded roots, which stands majestically by the grand staircase. Atop the tree is an impressive mirrored star, while beneath it sit handcrafted snowflakes and swathes of Icelandic sheepskin rugs, designed to resemble snowfall.
The Tree of Glass at The Shard
designed by Lee Broom
Also going for a modern theme is the incredible architectural Tree of Glass at The Shard. Created by product designer Lee Broom (he’s teamed up with glassware brand Nude) this delicate wonder has been decked out with 245 beautiful hand-blown pendant lights, designed to mirror the architecture of The Shard itself. Hot foot it down to Aqua Shard’s three-storey atrium to check it out in all its glory, against the beautiful backdrop of the London skyline. Be quick — after the new year the Tree of Glass will be disassembled, with all proceeds from its sale going to the British Red Cross.
The Connaught Christmas Tree
designed by Tracey Emin
It’s all things bright and beautiful over at The Connaught — the iconic Tracey Emin CBE has been tasked with creating this years’ tree, and true to form, it’s exceptionally striking. Sitting just outside the hotel itself, in Carlos Place, Emin’s appointment is fitting, given that many of The Connaught’s neighbours are major players on London’s contemporary art scene. The vision of the 30-feet Norwegian tree is a love poem that Emin created in her own handwriting, designed in her trademark neon lettering. As for the tree’s striking colour? It’s been crowned the ‘Connaught purple’. The poem reads:
‘What I give to you is all I have. An open wanting, deep in the layers of my heart, and in return I catch your smile, the greatest gift of all.’ (Tracey Emin CBE).
The illuminated angel that sits on top of the tree is a tribute to Tracey’s late mother, Pam, who sadly died last year.