It’s going to be an extraordinarily good Christmas at London’s King’s Cross this year. Celebrating the season and a return to more social, joyful festivities, the buzzing creative district, with its 100 shops and restaurants, has commissioned a dazzling new Christmas tree installation, titled Prism.

The immersive, festive installation recycles the pyramidal framework that accommodated 2020’s Terrarium Tree – an installation that comprised 70 individual terrariums.

Prism festive installation at King’s Cross London

Prism’s designers, Alan Hayes and Harriet Lumby of the multidisciplinary creations team This is Loop, have reimagined the 28ft tall structure to create a mirrored tunnel leading to a giant kaleidoscope of multicoloured light at the centre. It makes for an immersive, reflective and exultant experience, designed to signify reunion, strength and connection – all values central to the 2021 King’s Cross Christmas ethos.  

To mark the new festive season, King’s Cross and Wallpaper* have toured the district to curate a shopping list of the best designed Christmas gifts.

Our King’s Cross Christmas shopping list

Oh, what fun it is to buy...      

Esta bamboo diffuser

‘Esta’ aroma diffuser, combining the natural beauty of bamboo with aromatherapy and soft, ambient light, £60, from Earl of East. 

Tank low ball glasses and decanter by Tom Dixon

‘Tank’ low ball glasses, minimal, decorative and mouth-blown in Poland, £75 per pair, from Tom Dixon

woven hanging egg chair, cut-out image

‘Hanging Egg Chair Junior’, crafted in Mozambique using local palm leaves, perfect for lazy days, £380, from Botanical Boys. 

Blue glass candle holder

‘Porte’ candle holder, handmade using natural pigments, £25, from Hato Store. 

Colourful striped Paul Smith and Caran d’Ache pen beside blue pen case

A pen that’s full of panache, the perfect, uplifting writing tool: ‘849 Artist Stripe’ ballpoint pen with petrol blue case, £35, by Paul Smith and Caran d’Ache. 

All this can be found just a short walk from King’s Cross station – up King’s Boulevard and into Coal Drops Yard and Stable Street. §