My very first post on this blog was about London hotel Christmas trees and a few weeks ago I strolled the capital’s streets again in search of 2014’s offerings on what’s becoming an annual pilgrimage to some of London’s most loved hotels. Last year my favourite was Le Meridien Piccadilly’s tree for including references to the hotel in its decoration and although the tree was only small it was unique and when it comes to hotels I can’t stand the mundane or generic.
This year I visited a few new hotels and a couple from last year’s list so throw on some Christmas tunes, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and get a load of these beauties.
Somewhat similar to last year but less yeti and more woodland. I love the mix between the hauntingly beautiful white trees with scattered baubles and the winter woodland scene. It’s a really enchanted take on Christmas decorations and one hell of a welcome to the hotel.
A tree at The Dorchester couldn’t be anything other than traditional and while it is beautiful for me it’s less about the tree and more about the giant vase filled with Dorchester Christmas puddings. An excellent idea and because it’s so out of the ordinary looking people are automatically drawn to it.
The tree isn’t particularly noteworthy but the display is. I love how the tree trunk appears to be going through the table and the contrast between the white branches and red baubles. In addition, outside The Red Bar stands two big plant pots filled with red baubles and random glittery red shoes.
No Christmas tree tour would be complete without a trip to Claridge’s. Woodland scenes and nature seem to be playing a big role this year in Christmas decorations and D&G’s tree at Claridge’s is no different. Although it is, because it has moving animals at the base and further up are hand painted baubles of international flags representing festive traditions from around the world.
Last year Brown’s collaborated with Lulu Guinness and this year it’s with Globe-Trotter, the legendary luggage company. Stunning purple cases line the hallway leading to reception where two further cases have moss and trees growing out of them. The Christmas tree looks a bit bare but the personalised little suitcase decorations are a great touch.
This is smart and not dissimilar in thought to last year’s tree at Le Meridien Piccadilly. Damien Hirst’s butterfly paintings line the walls of the hotel’s restaurant and in addition to regular baubles on the tree there are also butterflies scattered sporadically. I love the way 45 Park Lane has created a unique tree that’s in tune with the permanent décor and one that incorporates Hirst’s beautifully colourful art.
IT’S SO TALL. I bet it was a task to decorate this bad boy. Like The Dorchester it’s nothing too jazzy and creative but it suits the property and its surroundings. When I visited people were walking in and standing in front of the tree looking up completely awestruck. It’s a sight to behold.
I knew before I arrived there was going to be nothing traditional about this tree and I’m so glad I was right because in its own way the one they went with is really beautiful. I like symmetry and glitz and this tree is both of those things while staying completely true to W London. I particularly love the W on the top of the tree in place of the usual angel or star because neither of those things would work on top of this disco ball beauty.
This year I have two favourites. Looks wise The Berkeley, and thought/creativity wise W London. Both are so different to one another and to what people are used to seeing. They show that many times hotels have great minds behind them and that next year I need to phenomenally up my own Christmas tree game.
Which is your favourite?