Christmas in the capital: where to see London’s best festive pop-ups

London’s hotels and restaurants welcome the party season with sparkling firs, bows and baubles galore

Claridge's christmas tree loubutin

Forget Christmas window displays – a tour of London’s top restaurants and hotels is a decidedly warmer way to get your dose of festive creativity in the capital. Here’s this year's highlights, from immersive, Narnia-esque installations to towering trees dressed by fashion’s finest.

Claridge's christmas tree loubutin
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Claridge’s Christmas tree and The Loubi Express

Pioneer of the themed Christmas tree tradition, Claridge’s celebrates its 10th year with a five-metre high tree and The Loubi Express, courtesy of Christian Louboutin. Tables aboard the glittering red train carriage are allocated on a first come first served basis, and customers can enjoy champagne, cocktails and bar snacks;

The Shard christmas tree holly fulton
The Shard
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DecoDance at Aqua Shard

This illustrated wonder is created by British fashion designer Holly Fulton;

Zandra Rhodes 'Rainbow Rag Tree' Launch
Photography David M. Benett
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Rainbow Rag tree at the Ace Hotel

A sustainable answer to decorations, with pieces of material recycled into bows, by British designer Zandra Rhodes;

34 Mayfair
Photography Justine Trickett
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Miracle at 34 Mayfair

Florist Jane Wadham has taken a maximalist approach at this sleek Mayfair haunt, installing 14,000 decorations – including 8,400 baubles – from floor to ceiling;

Sketch restaurant the glade christmas
Photography Mark Cocksedge
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Christmas ‘Here, there and everywhere’ at Sketch

Not just one, but four fairytale installations take over Sketch restaurant. This ‘A storm in a tea cup’ floral scene is by Figa & Co’s creative director Kim Beedie;

sketch restaurant loos
Photography Mark Cocksedge
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Christmas ‘Here, there and everywhere’ at Sketch

Meanwhile, above the East Bar and pods is ‘Over the moon for Christmas’, with a UFO in residence for the festive season. It's orchestrated by creative director Carly Rogers;

Festive rooftop Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent
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Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent

The City restaurant's popular festive pop up has returned. The alpine lodges offer the best seats in the house, hosting up to eight in après-ski themed surrounds;

Yinka Ilori Christmas tree Sanderson Hotel London
Milo Brown
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Yinka Ilori tree at Sanderson London

It's a decidedly modernist Christmas at Sanderson London, who have commissioned colour king Yinka Ilori to create a bright and bold tree from industrial materials;

Jack Irving Christmas tree W London
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Jack Irving tree at W London

Artist and fantastical fashion designer Jack Irving's collaboration with W London continues, in the form of this iridescent inflated tree;

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