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Oh Christmas tree, oh hotel Christmas tree…

by Laura on December 19, 2016

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The run up to Christmas has seemed both incredibly short and long at the same time. It’s now finally nearly here and the festive season is in full swing.

Many hotels may be booked up for Christmas, but it’s not too late to check out their trees for an interesting way to explore London.

Each year, some hotels strive to keep getting bigger and better with their Christmas trees. For a few, a mere tree isn’t enough, and they go for an all-out festive installation. For example, this year Claridge’s chose an interpretation of a tree that features digital elements.

Other London hotels have gone for creative installations or just fun twists on a tree this year…

The Connaught

This year’s Christmas tree at The Connaught is by Antony Gormley, the sculptor behind the Angel of the North, as well as the sculpture at The Beaumont hotel, which is also a guest bedroom.

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There are two notable things about this tree: the first is that the trunk glows and the second is that it’s an enormous 17.5m tall. The tapered trunk shoots off into the sky, lighting up its surroundings. It’s allowed to shine, with no other decorations to speak of on the tree.

Andaz Liverpool Street

The Andaz Liverpool Street has chosen to celebrate the local area with their Christmas installation for 2016.

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andaz christmas bells

The hotel likes to stay connected with its East London location; their ‘Very East London Christmas’ installation follows projects such as their ‘Room with a View‘ series. The installation uses neon perspex to recreate the Bow Bells of London.

Hung from the ceiling in the lobby and lounge, each one has been etched with history and icons that represent the hotel’s surroundings.

There’s also a hashtag (obviously), for the hotel’s #SoEastLondon digital campaign. If you use the hashtag on Twitter to tweet @AndazLondon, you’ll hear some lovely bell chimes.

The Ritz

If you prefer your Christmas trees a little more traditional, The Ritz is the place to go. Their imposing tree is covered in a variety of ornaments that wouldn’t look out of place on a Victorian tree.

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ritz christmas tree

Don’t worry, there are no dangerous candles, though. Red and gold decs are the go-to choice for a lot of people at home, so the decorations on the tree at The Ritz have surely been delighting many. The tree stretches up through the rotunda to the first floor, with more red and gold ornamental pieces in other areas of the hotel.

If your Christmas spirit is starting to flag in the last week before the big day, take a peek at some of these trees to perk yourself up.

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Photo credits: Unsplash, The Connaught, Andaz Liverpool Street, The Ritz London.

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