John Galliano designs the Claridge’s Christmas tree

Iconic London hotel Claridge’s has unveiled its Christmas tree, which this year has been designed by Dior creative director John Galliano.

The tree, which takes its inspiration from icy snow scenes, mixed with a tropical twist, dominates the hotel’s lobby.

It is painted in white and metallic blue and perched among its branches are a handmade leopard, several parrots and a dragonfly.

This partnership marks the first time in the hotel’s 112 -year history that Claridge’s has worked with a famed fashion designer on its Christmas tree.

Dior Creative Director John Galliano commented: “I am thrilled that Dior is collaborating with Claridge’s this Christmas.

I love to visit Claridge’s when I am in London, particularly at this time of the year – and I hope to bring a twist to the traditional tree.

I want to combine the festive with the innovative, the spirit of Dior with the beauty of Claridge’s, and create something spectacular that will inspire the perfect start to the season!”

The Dior tree will remain in Claridge’s lobby until Twelfth Night, January 6th.