We’ve never quite understood the appeal of chopping down an adolescent tree, depositing it in your living room and festooning it with fairy lights, baubles and tinsel. But nevertheless, that’s the fate Christmas holds for many a sturdy pine each year. For those of you who yearn for a more alternative variation on the classic Christmas tree, here are some of our favourites decking the halls of London this Christmas…
Gary Card’s Vauxhall Ampera Tree
Famed for having worked with artists such as Nick Knight, Dinos Chapman, Lady Gaga and Stella McCartney; set designer, graphic designer, artist and illustrator Gary Card is trying his hand at tree decoration. Mr Card has been working with Vauxhall to create a Christmas tree made almost entirely out of Vauxhall Ampera car parts. Sounding like a Transformers Christmas special, the giant electric car tree is on display in the forecourt of the King’s Cross Filling Station.
When the cold winter nights are simply too much for you to bear, head over to One Aldwych in Covent Garden. While their tree – created by One Aldwych florist Mark Siredzuk – stands at the more traditional end of the spectrum, it’s festooned with 128 oversized gingerbread figures made by Konditor & Cook. Once you’ve taken in the tree, you’ll be able to enjoy a Sugar & Spice Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Bar. The jury’s still out on whether you can eat the gingerbread figures.
Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree
It took 11 men with big beards three days to erect the Jack Daniel’s Barrel Tree in Covent Garden. The 26ft tree-like structure has been a fixture in Jack Daniel’s hometown of Lynchburg, Tennessee for a few years now. To mark the first time it’s come to London, and to celebrate the lighting of the tree, Jack Daniel’s are releasing a limited edition holiday whiskey, aged in the barrels that form the barrel tree. A snip at £45!
Pedal-powered Christmas Tree
Have you ever wondered how much energy it takes to power the fairy lights on a Christmas tree? Us neither. But if you have, get yourself down to the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank to see London’s only pedal-powered Christmas tree. The tree’s been planted by Electric Pedals, Rutland Cycling and Vivid Design Works in an effort to educate people about wasting electricity this Christmas. Looking to work off some of that festive cheer? You know what to do.
Mary Katrantzou’s Crystal Christmas Tree
Renowned fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has been tasked with creating the Design Museum’s Christmas tree this year. Mary’s tree brings a little glamour to London, taking inspiration from her Autumn/Winter collection with Swarovski and Lesage. This means tired and tawdry tree tat will make way for bold patterns and Christmas sparkle aplenty.
Walthamstow Town Centre Christmas Tree
When Waltham Forest Council failed to adequately decorate the town’s Christmas tree on the delightfully-named Hoe Street, residents took matters into their own hands. Guerrilla decorators have been adorning the rather lugubrious-looking Christmas offering with tinsel, stars and baubles following a Twitter campaign. Waltham Forest Council doesn’t appear to endorse the rebel decorators, though, claiming that the tree ‘…looks beautiful with just the lights.’
Seen any more bizarre trees on your travels? Let us know in the comments.