It's beginning to look a lot like Xmas, even if it is November, but in light of the weirdness of the year so far, we can all be forgiven for getting in the very merry feels a little early this year. So, we're turning our minds to the fantastic firs, nifty Nordics and perfect pines: yep, we know exactly where to buy real Christmas trees in London this festive season...
We love supporting small businesses and this small family business, Clickmas Trees is a tree-mendous port of call for all things fir. Premium grade Nordmann festive firs, grown in the UK, are what you can expect from this busy team of experts, so do check its website to see if your postcode is within free delivery range. It also has locations all over town, as well as a couple out in sunny Kent, so that you can visit a store and pick out the tree yours-elves.
Camden Garden Centre
This award-winning garden centre not only supplies the finest of firs, but it also employs and trains disadvantaged Londoners who are hugely knowledgeable on all things Christmas tree. Trees are in stock from the end of November and it stocks trees up to five metres tall, including traditional Norway spruce and long-lasting Nordmann and noble firs.
www.camdengardencentre.co.uk/departments/christmas-2/; 2 Barker Drive, St Pancras Way, London NW1 0JW
Green Elf Trees
If it's a sustainable British Christmas tree delivered by out of work musicians and entertainers you're after then Green Elf Trees is exactly where you'll get these very specific requirements. Set up in 2020, this is a company that is passionate about making an impact in the local community while operating as sustainably as possible. Got a favourite charity of your own? Well £3 from your tree purchase will go to a charity of your choice.
Shoots and Leaves
With stores dotted all over south west and west London, each and every one of Shoots & Leaves' non-drop, Nordmann Firs have been handpicked, side pruned and freshly cut just for you. Choose from a number of delivery options and don't fir-get to add one of its lovely wreaths to your basket too. Oh, and it even offers a tree dressing service for those of you who fancy a professional touch this year!
www.christmastrees.london, W6, SW6, W13 and W3 locations
Columbia Road Flower Market
London's blooming gorgeous and most famous flower market is well known for its fir-tastic range of Christmas trees available ever Sunday afternoon all through December.
Alexandra Palace Garden Centre
Whether you're after a teeny, tiny potted Blue Spruce, a Noble Fir, or a non-drop Nordmann number, there's a tree in every size and for all budgets over at Alexandra Palace Garden Centre. This is also the place to take a sleigh-ride to if you're after the rather unusual Korean Fir (pictured above): an altogether exotic looking conical Christmas tree with purple cones!
www.capitalgardens.co.uk/our-products/home-gift/christmas/, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7BB
Covering all of London and the South East, the good people at Good Elf provide expert advice on picking the best Christmas tree for you, and even have a tree hotline if you need your tree in a jiffy! Choose from The Norway Spruce or a non-drop Nordmann Fir, and then sit back and wait for delivery . But wait! There's myrrh (sorry, not sorry): it also offers a tree decorating service, a tree rental service and a tree pick-up service. Tree-mendous stuff.
www.goodelf.co.uk (online only)
Pines & Needles
With over 20 stores in and around London, Pines & Needles will deliver straight to your door not just a spectacular tree, but also a range of services including options for installing and decorating your festive fir. Choose your own Christmas Tree, all grown on a plantation in Scotland, in-store on online. Don't forget to sign up to its mailing list and you'll also bag £5 off.
www.pinesandneedles.com; Locations around London, check website for your nearest store
Delivering all across the capital, not only do the good folk at Creekside claim to be the 'cheapest supplier of Christmas trees to your door in London,' but it also collects its trees from a farm every morning, meaning they're as fresh as fresh can be when they arrive at your home.
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