London Christmas The Connaught Michael Craig Martin

London’s Best Christmas Decorations 2018


It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A London Christmas is like no other. The capital is at its best during the festive season; Oxford and Regent Street have been decked with bright lights, while stores, hotels and bars get dressed in their festive finest.

Hotels and department stores take decoration very seriously. Creating a buzz around Christmas is vital and many establishments employ renowned artists and designers to art direct their designs. Others host lavish ‘switch-ons’ and host special Christmas-themed events. Here are our favourite festive designer displays this year:

The London Edition

This year sees the London Edition commission renowned paper artist and sculptor Zoe Bradley. The hotel’s tree is adorned with beautiful paper stars that burst open like snowflakes.

Hoi Polloi

Hoi Polloi’s unique ‘tree’ is a towering stack of classic LED retail signs, imagined and assembled by Rottingdean Bazaar, aka James Theseus Buck and Luke Brook. The menswear duo follow in a long line of East London favourites, such as Matty Bovan, JW Anderson and Ed Marler.

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St Pancras International

After last year’s dazzling Disney display, the main concourse of St. Pancras International takes a decidedly glam turn, with a little help from Tiffany & Co. The towering tree, at 43 feet, is surely London’s tallest indoors. It is decorated with 600 bottles of the Tiffany Eau de Parfum fragrance, along with paper flowers and brand coloured baubles. It’s scented, too.
London Christmas St Pancras Tiffany & Co Tree

The Connaught

The Connaught looked to British artist Sir Michael Craig-Martin for their famous outdoor display this year. After Tracey Emin’s glorious effort last year, Craig-Martin presents a tree full of 12,000 lights, subtly changing colour as viewers walk by.
London Christmas The Connaught Michael Craig Martin


Fashion’s grande dame Diane von Fürstenberg takes on the challenge of London’s most famous Christmas decorations this year. A long-time friend of Claridge’s, the designer has created a Winter Wonderland, with ‘The Tree of Love’ as its centrepiece. The sculptural tree is lit with ethereal blue lights and decorated with 600 hand-blown glass hearts.
Claridges Diane von Fürstenberg


Mayfair’s finest fish restaurant presents a Modernist’s take on Christmas decorations with a little help from British fashion designer Christopher Kane. The designer has adorned the outside of the venue with rows of vibrant strip lights that descend like icicles, in the designer’s signature colours.
London Christmas Scott's Christopher Kane


Annabel’s, playground of the rich and famous, makes its mark on Mayfair this Christmas season. Its façade has been transformed into an enormous Christmas tree, complete with traditional red and gold presents and decorations.
Annabels London Christmas

Aqua Shard

Master food artists Bompas & Parr take on Aqua Shard’s decorations this year in London’s architectural icon, using said icon as inspiration. The glass pyramid, which also resembles a Christmas tree, is illuminated with ice white lights and wrapped in frosted branches. Inside, the installation features a snow storm, where guests can grab golden snowflakes to exchange for free cocktails.

Aqua Shard Bompas Parr London Christmas

Tate Britain

Turner Prize nominated artist Monster Chetwynd transforms Tate Britain’s façade into an ethereal Winter wonderland complete with two giant slugs. The pair have slithered their way around the main building, leaving trails of light in their wake.
London Christmas Tate Britain Monster Chetwynd

The Ivy, Granary Square

Womenswear designer Sadie Clayton is renowned for her sculptural fashion pieces made from copper. She lends her unique style to The Ivy in Granary Square for Christmas, producing a wonderful copper Christmas tree that illuminates the exterior of the restaurant.
London Christmas Sadie Clayton The Ivy