What would a Christmas be without a beautiful Christmas tree? Cheaper, for a start, but the smell of fresh spruce, pine, and fir is hard to resist once the festive season is in full swing. If you’re stuck for a place to get Christmas trees in the East End, look no further.
We’ve mapped the prime spots, with a full breakdown below.
Denningtons is a family run florist that has been selling on Roman Road since the 1950s. An old-world green and gold shop front contains one of Bow’s most fragrant shops, piled high with bouquets and plants. Denningtons stock Christmas trees in December, making them an ideal option for Bow locals.
In keeping with their floral roots, the folks at Denningtons also sell a variety of Christmas wreaths, bouquets, gift boxes and table arrangements during the festive season. Denningtons is open Monday-Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm.
Find out more at the Denningtons website
Nestled by the southeast corner of Victoria Park, Growing Concerns started as a local resident gardening club, eventually moving to its current site perched by the Hertford Union Canal. From mid-November onwards the centre sells a variety of Christmas trees, ranging from modest potted grown numbers to bushy 8ft monsters.
As a fully-fledged garden centre, Growing Concerns provides a welcome chance to pick up other Christmas goodies at the same time. The garden centre is operating online click and collect at the moment. Tree secured, you can kick back with a pizza across the road and worry about all the ways your cactus gift could be taken the wrong way.
Find out more at the Growing Concerns website
Pines and Needles
If you’re looking for an authentic Christmas tree in East London, you could do a lot worse than Pines and Needles at Victoria Park or Shoreditch High Street. Walking through a lush array of pines, firs, and spruces trying to choose your favourite always makes for a fine holiday experience.
The two brothers behind the business, Sam and Josh Lyle, started selling trees harvested from their father’s farm in Scotland when they were 13 and 15 respectively. Today they run a buzzing business from a trading estate in West Finchley and have over 25 pop-ups across London every Christmas season.
Pines and Needles sell trees of all shapes and sizes – usually up to 12ft – so you can choose one that fits your home or garden the best. They also offer a delivery service and sell accessories so you can make your tree look as fancy as you wish. The more glitz the better, don’t you think?
The Victoria Park shop opens on 19 November and runs until 20 December, while the Shoreditch High Street pop-up runs from 19 November to 22 December.
Find out more at the Pines and Needles website
SimplyFresh has been selling on Roman Road since 2002. In December the shop’s selection of fruits, vegetables, home-made olive oil, and other organic produce are joined by Christmas trees. The owners are active in the community and members of the Globe Town Steering Committee, a coalition of local groups and businesses dedicated to making the high street stronger. You can get your tree and support the community in one fell swoop. The shop is open 7am to 11pm every day of the week, so you can drop by at your convenience.
Find out more at the Simply Fresh website
Herbert’s Fruit and Salad
Globe Town Market Square
Herbert’s is a family-run business that has been selling fresh fruit and veg on Roman Road since 1974. Marc Herbert recently took on the mantle from his father, Leslie, safeguarding the future of one of Globe Town‘s favourite stalls. Herbert sells a fine array of Christmas trees in December. If you needed an excuse to get down to Globe Town Market on Saturday you’ll get few better. And if the seasonal scent of pine isn’t enough, you can also sign up for regular fruit baskets.
The Herbert’s stall runs in Globe Town Market Square from Tuesday to Saturday, 8am to 2.30pm. They will be selling them from Saturday 28 November.
Find out more at the Herbert’s website
There’s a new place on the Roman to get your Christmas tree from this year – Whole Fresh! Known for its vibrant shopfront displays of colourful fruit and veg, pouring out of rustic wooden buckets, this is a hot spot of all kinds of wholesome goodness right in the heart of the bustle of the Roman. This independent supermarket is ideal for those in the middle stretch of the road.
Their opening hours are 7.30am to 9.30pm.
Find out more at the Whole Fresh Instagram page
Columbia Road Flower Market
People flock to this classic East End road for Christmas trees every year. Columbia Road Flower Market is currently closed due to the lockdown, but they are hoping to open again in early December when the restrictions are eased. We don’t know the details yet, but we will update this page when we do. The road has existed in its current form since the 1860s, and the market has gone from strength to strength over the last 40 years. It usually runs on Sundays from 8am to around 3pm, with an excellent Christmas tree selection during the festive season.
If the prospect of weekend bustle fills you dread, all is not lost. In previous years, Columbia Road have hosted four Christmas Wednesdays, with the shops and restaurants staying open late for evening shoppers. When we get more information, we will let you know if this is going ahead. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on their twitter page for updates.
Find out more at the Columbia Road Flower Market website
Stepney City Farm
The Stepney City Farm describes itself as an oasis for much of the year, but in the winter it dabbles in winter wonderland. Its trees are sourced from sustainable plantations approved by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association (which is a real thing, we’ve checked). For every tree bought £5 is donated to Stepney City Farm.
This approach is slightly different, in that you order online and the trees are delivered to Stepney City Farm on 8 December. You better get on this quick if you’re interested though.They will be taking orders until the end of November. You can order your trees via this order form.
St Barnabas Church
You may have noticed that the friendly face of Ron, who usually sells Christmas trees outside of Jenny’s Food and Wine on the Roman, has disappeared this year. Fear not! He has moved to just outside of St Barnabas Church on Grove Road. Enjoy a winter’s walk through Mile End Park, and end up at this festive spot where you can bag yourself a goodun’.
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