THE STORY BEHIND THIS YEAR’S SPECTACULAR CLARIDGE’S CHRISTMAS TREE

It’s just before midnight, and in the dim candlelight of the sprawling Claridge’s foyer, a nimble procession of Christmas elves are working their magic. Instead of Santa’s workshop and candy-striped boots trimmed with bells, however, there are high-vis vests and a certain degree of gruntwork, as a series of artisans and builders construct the iconic hotel’s new Christmas tree, even as gues...

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