The Christmas season is well underway and luxury hotels are pulling out all the stops uploading decadent displays of festive cheer to their Instagram accounts.
We’ve picked our top 5 Instagram posts to get you in the Christmas spirit from some of our favourite opulent and prestigious establishments.
Mayfair[caption id="attachment_9462" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Claridge’s Christmas tree designed by Christopher Bailey of Burberry. Photo from Katherine Sparshatt’s Instagram.[/caption]
Claridge’s unveiled their Christmas tree, this year designed by Burberry’s Christopher Bailey. The iconic tree takes pride of place in the lobby of the Art-deco Mayfair hotel, with gold and silver umbrellas reflecting the light in all directions. The tree puts a festive spin on London’s (usually) wet weather.
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Mayfair[caption id="attachment_9464" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Brown’s Hotel have teamed up with Fortnum and Mason’s. Photo from Brown’s Hotel Instagram.[/caption]
Brown’s Hotel is famous for being the place where Queen Victoria would come to take her tea. This year, Brown’s has teamed up with Fortnum and Masons, Piccadilly’s purveyors of high-end produce, including fine teas and luxurious Christmas hampers filled with delicious goodies. We love the display of hampers in Browns’ forecourt along with the darling cups, saucers and mini hampers decorating the tree within.
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The Shard[caption id="attachment_9369" align="aligncenter" width="750"] Europe’s highest Afternoon Tea at the Shangri La. Photo from Shangri La London Instagram.[/caption]
If you can take your eyes off the incredible views over London offered by the Shangri La hotel located inside The Shard, then their festive tea is the perfect Christmas indulgence. London’s highest Afternoon Tea is not for the faint-hearted, located on the 52nd floor, visitors are treated to breath-taking panoramic views 600 feet above the ground. Incidentally the 52nd floor also houses the Shangri La’s infinity pool, the highest swimming pool in Europe.
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Four Seasons, George V
Paris[caption id="attachment_9466" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Christmas at George V. Photo by Lily Sheisong.[/caption]
The George V in Paris goes all-out with its Christmas decorations and the imposing polar bear sculptures which surround the lit-up Christmas trees are quite a sight to behold. The two spectacular sapphire-coloured polar bears have taken up residence in the lobby and were designed by Artistic Director Jeff Leatham, who drew inspiration from his childhood memories to create the artwork.
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Knightsbridge[caption id="attachment_9455" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The Berkley at Christmas. Photo by jelizavetaliza.[/caption]
This beautifully wintry scene can be found in the lobby of The Berkeley, in the sophisticated London borough of Knightsbridge. Festive extras for guests this season include edible treats, stockings for children, carol singing, horse-drawn carriages, cinema under the stars and food prepared by the world’s top chefs Marcus Wareing and Pierre Koffmann – a Christmas dream!
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