Burberry’s Christopher Bailey has pulled off a stunner at Claridge’s hotel. Not a traditional conifer, no, but a fun collection of 100 gold and silver metallic umbrellas magnificently arranged in tree form. Motion-sensitive, the display’s 77,000 lights go on as guests walk by, sending thousands of twinkling beams across the marble floor and lobby walls. Magical! (And there’s a bonus for Snapchat fans – Burberry has designed a geo-filter that allows you to frame your snaps with metallic umbrellas.)
Another capital must-see is über-florist Mark Colle’s tree at Ian Schrager-designed The London Edition hotel in Fitzrovia. As you enter the fabulous Lobby bar, the beautiful work of art may look and smell like a regular Christmas fir, but a closer inspection will reveal that it is, in fact, a ‘towering mosaic of plants’, including mosses, ivy and various winter foilage in different shades of green. In a handy central location, Livingetc can’t think of a nicer place to hang out after shopping…
The whopping Let It Snow tree can be found at Granary Square in King’s Cross. Made from 365 wood sledges, the 11m installation highlights the impact of climate change, with its illuminations and soundscape changing to reflect the seasons. Commissioned by Artichoke, this collaboration between Creatmosphere and Hello Wood serves as a teaser to the exciting new Lumière light festival that runs in the capital from 14-17 January 2016. On 7 January, 100 of the sledges will be given away to local schools and the rest will go up for sale. We love a reusable tree at Livingetc! Here’s wishing for a White post-Christmas! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Photograph by John Sturrock.
Look out for dazzle at the Ritz on Piccadilly. Not just an impressive Nordic pine in the lobby, but a stunning display, complete with gold stars and lashings of red ribbon, that continues through to the Long Gallery, Palm Court and Ritz Restaurant. More is definitely more in this glittering scenario. Well, why not? It’s Christmas after all.
Meanwhile, in Mayfair, the Connaught is sharing its splendid 30ft Norway spruce outside on Mount Street. Decorated by Damien Hirst, its theme takes its inspiration from science. ‘I wanted to reference some of the amazing things that give us hope in the world today,’ says Hirst. Cue 300 weird and wonderful ornaments – snowmen fashioned out of supersized pills and Ding Dong Merrily on High medicine bottles. Oh, and strings of sausages instead of tinsel. Witty, unconventional and definitely a talking point – plenty to ponder and discuss in the hotel’s legendary Coburg bar.
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