King’s Cross unveils immersive Christmas tree and top gift ideas

King’s Cross, London, reveals its kaleidoscopic festive installation, and teams with Wallpaper* to showcase five gift ideas to get your Christmas shopping started

Prism festive installation at King’s Cross London, seen at night
Prism, a festive installation designed by This is Loop, at King’s Cross, London
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In partnership with King’s Cross

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

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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

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‘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

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

woven hanging egg chair, cut-out image

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

Blue glass candle holder

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

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

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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.


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