Claridge’s is an iconic London destination year-round, but it’s particularly special to visit during December. Since 2009, the grand dame has tapped prominent designers to create bespoke Christmas trees for the holiday season. Each year, the hotel’s elegant lobby is transformed into a festive gallery space featuring magnificent creations by fashion luminaries including Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Dolce & Gabbana, and this year, Diane von Furstenberg. Last week, the American icon unveiled a glittering six-meter sculpture titled ‘The Tree of Love’, adorned with iridescent blue shimmer and decorated with over 8,000 hand-painted silver leaves, glass spheres and hearts. Von Furstenberg says that the tree is intended to be a “symbol of strength, enlightenment and life,” – an optimistic vision to round out 2018.