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05 . 12 . 2019

Get to Know the Golden Willow Christmas Tree




The holiday season is in full swing and our Lobby Bar is resplendent with a dazzling, golden Christmas tree designed by our talented in-house florist, Mark Siredzuk.

Discover the magic of our Covent Garden neighbourhood at Christmas and stop by to bask in the glow of our tree while sipping on a winter-warming cocktail from our Spirit of Adventure Festive Edition collection or soak up spectacular views of this glistening beauty whilst indulging in a wonderful dinner in Indigo.

Mark tells us all about the creative process behind his magnificent Christmas tree…

What was your inspiration for this year’s fabulous Christmas tree?

It was the decorations that came first. I saw them featured online with a Belgian company and I just had to have them. I was after something with a coral colour to match the Lobby Bar’s seating and rose golds. Once I had these in mind I needed to design something for them to hang onto. I wanted to stay away from a typical Christmas tree so the obvious solution was to have a metal frame made that could support a structure of some sort. The table it sits on isn't very big, so height and width was important to ensure we could hang more decorations. In the end, I used contorted willow dipped in gold paint, as it is a strong, flexible material that looks very striking when tied together. 

What can our guests look forward to seeing on the tree?

The tree is illuminated with 3,000 warm LED lights. There are 15 different types of baubles - some resemble coral, while others are bejewelled in coloured stones and most are extremely fragile! There are also giant fir cones hung on ribbons. Underneath we have some beautifully-crafted mini hat boxes in three sizes, all tied up in the most amazing ribbons. These boxes took two days to decorate. 



How long did the tree take to assemble? Did your team face any particular challenges this year in our new look Lobby Bar? 

We started to put up the tree at 3.30am and it took three people around four hours to complete. The only challenge was to produce a tree that would compete with our usual One Aldwych tree. Everyone loved our floor to ceiling metal tree which we had decorated differently each year for the past 21 years - from handmade gingerbread men and glass domes filled with handmade decorations to hundreds of handmade bird boxes.  So I knew this would need to look completely different. I wanted something magical and luxurious.

What do you think makes a great Christmas tree?

I think what makes a great Christmas tree is something that is different from the typical real or artificial tree. I'm not a fan of a traditional tree so anything made of imaginative materials is usually a winner for me. A must is very good lighting and plenty of sparking decorations. 

How will you be spending Christmas this year?

I am spending Christmas with family in the country this year.

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