Claridge’s Christmas Tree 2019 is accompanied by the Loubi Express, a glistening red train stationed in the snowy forest clearing of the lobby. A plethora of wrapped gifts sit on top of the train making their way from Paris to London to spread the holiday spirit.
The Loubi Express adds an immersive element to the installation for the first time as it will also be home to an intimate dining carriage with four tables, its very own Cocktail Conductor offering Champagne, cocktails and classic Claridge’s canapés complete with a classic Christmas soundtrack.
The Christmas Tree itself is located in the centre of the hotel lobby next to The Loubi Express. It stands at an impressive five metres tall and is embellished with glittering fairy lights, gold and red baubles, and shoe-shaped gingerbread biscuits. For a finishing touch, a glistening gold-leaf crown sits on the top of the Christmas tree.
Christian Louboutin says of his installation: “It is such an honour to be invited to design the Claridge’s Christmas Tree, the hotel is my second home when in London and I am glad to bring a little piece of Paris to such an iconic London landmark. The idea of travel has always been a key source of inspiration in my work and I wanted to capture the excitement and romance of it. There is something nostalgic about travelling by train, it reminds me of grand adventures and journeys home.”
Claridge’s co-owner Paddy McKillen also shares his enthusiasm for the collaboration and upcoming holiday season saying: “Christmas is always a particularly special time for us here at Claridge’s, and we are delighted to have Christian bring his festive magic to the hotel. This is the first time in [the hotel’s] history that we have had something quite like this in the lobby, and I hope The Loubi Express will be home to some of the most sought-after tables in town.”