One of the world's most iconic Christmas trees, Claridge's in London has let Karl Lagerfeld take over their lobby...

Karl Lagerfeld Tree, Claridges, London

Claridge’s Christmas trees have become a magical London tradition. For eight years now, the legendary Mayfair hotel has collaborated with fashion icons who are given free reign to transform the lobby into their very own winter wonderland. This year, complete with snowflakes handmade in Germany and lots of gleaming white Icelandic sheepskin rugs, is the iconic creative director of Chanel and Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld’s design. Lagerfeld is always known for his quirky eccentricities (until recently he is said to have only kept in touch with friends via fax) and for this collaboration he’s decided to do the whole tree upside down. Sitting pretty under Claridge’s famous central chandelier, is a sixteen foot inverted tree with silver gilded roots popping out the top. If you are in London, go for a look and don’t miss out on having afternoon tea or a vintage champagne in the hotel’s Fumoir Bar, which still sits only 12 people and remains wonderfully old-world in feel (reservations recommended).

ROOMS:  200
BUILT: In 1898 by George Trollope & Sons, Claridge’s remains a Grade II listed building.
INTERIORS: One of the finest examples of 1920s and 30s Belle Epoque & Art Deco architecture.
GO FOR: The exceptional service that most people fall in love with Claridge’s because of. 

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