Deck the halls! Feel festive by visiting one of London’s enchanting yuletide displays, from the traditional to the subversive
The Connaught, Mayfair
The Connaught famously partners with a renowned artist each year to convey a unique and uplifting Christmas message. Following previous collaborations with Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley, the five-star hotel has enlisted artist Tracey Emin to design a glowing tree adorned with neon pink words crafted in Emin’s signature handwritten scrawl. The selection of words make up a festive poem, written by Emin especially for the occasion.
“I liked the idea of making the Christmas tree a love poem because words are free,” said Emin. “The poem relates to the smile and a smile is free to give, it does not have to cost anything.” The tree, positioned on the corner of Carlos Place and Mount Street, is topped with a glowing angel in tribute to Emin’s mother Pam.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
The Savoy, Strand
British fragrance house Penhaligon’s has partnered with The Savoy this year on an aromatic and joyful showcase, on display in the five-star hotel’s Front Hall. The interactive, scented installation takes the form of a pop-up storybook, featuring a fragrant evergreen tree and whimsical illustrations by artist Kristjana Williams.
To coincide with the yuletide display, guests can enjoy a Penhaligon’s afternoon tea, inspired by the flavours of Christmas. Think mulled pears, brandy mouse, gingerbread and chestnuts, wrapped up in pastries and served with a glass of Louis Roederer Vintage champagne.
The Scents of Christmas Penhaligon’s Afternoon Tea is priced from £68 per person, 27 November 2017 until 01 January 2018; The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU
Head to Sketch in Mayfair this month for an extraordinary, towering evergreen, created in collaboration with four of London’s leading florists. Located in the Lecture Room and Library, the resplendent pine is adorned with blooms by JamJar Flowers; Rebel Rebel; Carly Rogers and Figa & Co, the latter of which has created a vibrant floral peacock that theatrically wraps the tree.
9 Conduit Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG
Claridge’s has turned tradition on its head quite literally this year with a series of beguiling, upside-down Christmas trees, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The unorthodox, resplendent centrepiece is a towering, 16ft inverted tree, hung with handcrafted snowflakes and topped by a multifaceted mirror star, which dramatically reflects rays of light across the hotel’s art deco lobby. Accompanying tables are swathed in white linen cloth, symbolic of the Christmas ritual that Lagerfeld’s mother would perform each year.
Claridge's, Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
The Ritz, Mayfair
The Ritz is the embodiment of Christmas opulence, lavishly decorated with festive garlands, twinkling lights and lustrous red and gold trimmings. The centrepiece of this enchanting display is a 25-foot Nordic pine Christmas tree, grown especially for The Ritz in the Scottish Highlands, festooned with gleaming baubles, ribbons and miniature reindeer. Afternoon tea is accompanied by live carol singing and guests can also purchase a limited-edition Ritz Christmas pudding, priced at £35.
150 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1J 9BR