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Top 7 Christmas trees in London

Look out for the most spectacular Christmas trees in London over the festive season, all decked out with glittering Christmas lights and decorations.

From the traditional Norwegian spruce in Trafalgar Square to St Pancras International's unusual annual creation, don't miss the chance to see one of the many London Christmas trees as the city transforms into a winter wonderland at Christmas

Below are some of our favourite London Christmas trees from 2017. Check back later in the year for more information on London's biggest and best Christmas trees in 2018.

Covent Garden Christmas tree

See one of the biggest Christmas trees in London shine beautifully above the cobbled streets of the stunning 19th-century Covent Garden Piazza. As well as the Christmas tree, the area is usually decked out with plenty of other magical Christmas lights and decorations, which included gorgeous mistletoe chandeliers, luxurious bows wrapped around the historic buildings and more than 115,000 glittering pea lights last year. 

Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

Marvel at the iconic London Christmas tree which towers over Trafalgar Square. An annual gift to London from Norway since 1947 as thanks for Britain's support during the Second World War, the world-famous Trafalgar Christmas tree is normally dressed in a traditional Nordic style with vertical strings of Christmas lights. You can also join in the Christmas carols around the tree in the run-up to Christmas. 

Victoria and Albert Museum Christmas tree

Last year's Singing Tree at the Victoria and Albert Museum took words submitted by visitors and used algorithms to create an audio-visual carol, with human and machine generated voices. Designed by Es Devlin (stage designer for Beyoncé, Kanye West and the Royal Opera House), the innovative tree formed part of a musical celebration of Christmas at the V&A and was inspired by the Opera: Passion, Power and Politics exhibition. 

Claridge's Christmas tree

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Step into the luxurious Mayfair hotel to experience Claridge’s famous Christmas tree installation, which was created by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in 2017. The spectacular upside-down tree was covered in silver decorations and topped with a mirror star that reflected rays of light across the lobby. After admiring the fashionable winter display, treat yourself to a festive afternoon tea or take a wander over to the West End to marvel at some of the dazzling London Christmas lights.

St Pancras Christmas tree

Last year, a mix of more than 15,000 blooms, including roses, hydrangeas and orchids, adorned the spectacular 14-metre (47-foot) tree at St Pancras International. While admiring one of the prettiest Christmas trees in London, you could also enjoy Christmas carols performed by a different choir every day in December.

London Christmas tree at The Connaught

Last year, you could read a message of love from Tracey Emin outside The Connaught hotel. The renown British artist used purple neon lights to write a love poem across a Norwegian spruce in her distinctive handwriting. After admiring the glowing tree, enjoy a delicious cocktail inside The Connaught Bar or tick items off your list at one of the nearby Christmas shopping hotspots.

 

Illuminated tree at Christmas By The River

Take a stroll along the river Thames and discover a beautiful Christmas tree set against the stunning backdrop of Tower Bridge. Last year's 12-metre (39-foot) tree was lit by more than 30,000 LED lights, complementing the twinkling winter market at Christmas By The River. After taking a photo of the Instagram-worthy view, browse the stalls for stocking fillers and warm up with a fragrant mulled wine.

Discover many other festive decorations and Christmas lights in London, or explore picture-perfect Christmas markets. Find plenty more festive things to do with our guide to Christmas in London. 

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