The festivities have begun at The Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, helped along with a bit of Christmas magic created by team McQueens. The Connaught is a much-loved and hugely revered fixture in Mayfair, celebrated for its timeless elegance and five-star luxury. The hotel occupies a grand corner location in one of the most exclusive districts of the capital, boasting an exterior water feature by leading Japanese architect Tadao Ando. With its seamless combination of craftsmanship and contemporary design, the Connaught has close links with the art world down the decades, right up to the present day with work by leading contemporary artists such as Damien Hirst.
This year, we combined a classic and contemporary style of decoration with traditional wreaths of natural pine throughout the hotel, all dressed with an abundance of gold. We’ve also added touches of burgundy (because it’s Christmas, after all) and finished everything off with a heavenly choir of baroque cherubs. The grand staircase offers a magnificent welcome to guests with its magnificent garland, and we updated the classic Christmas tree with tall, cylindrical made-to-measure trees that complement the decor of the hotel perfectly. The look was completed with a pair of glittering willow archways, dressed with beautiful glass baubles.
‘I love designing and installing the flowers at The Connaught,’ says McQueens florist Karim Duc, McQueens chief designer at the hotel. ‘I was very excited to create this year’s Christmas theme. It was an overnight installation with a team of 15 florists as the last thing we want to do is disturb the hotel’s guests! We worked with the Connaught in formulating this year’s plans months in advance, and began creating some elements four weeks ahead. Working overnight on a project like this is extremely pressured – you have to get it all done in the time – but seeing the final transformation is worth all the effort. The best part was hearing such wonderful comments from the staff and guests as we left the hotel the following morning. They were so excited by the transformation; they said they felt like children waking up on Christmas morning!’