Britain’s most festive pub boasts 75 christmas trees and over 17,000 christmas lights
Britain’s most Christmassy pub has broken all records this year for its amazing annual display.
The Churchill Arms in Kensington, London, is celebrating 30 years of dazzling its neighbours in festive style.
A total of 75 Christmas trees and over 17,500 Christmas lights now cover the outside of the historic pub – at jaw-dropping cost of over £30,000.
Irish-born manager Gerry O’Brien, 65, said: “It’s always special here at Christmas but this year is extra special.
“This is my 30th year here and this Christmas I discovered there was room for a few more trees so we’ve put 15 extra in this year to make a total of 75 plus almost 18,000 lights.
Gerry started three decades ago with just one 16 foot tree attached to the exterior of the pub but now he boasts an eye-watering collection of 75 trees and 17,500 lights.
One of the pub regulars will perform the official switch on at 6pm tonight (Thursday 3).
Gerry said: “A lovely lady has been voted The Churchill Arms’ Christmas Mayoress for this year – she’s 81 and has been a regular customer here for many years.
“It’s fantastic the way people appreciate what we do. The response this year has been wonderful.
“It took about a week and a half to put it all up because we had so many more. Christmas for us starts on the first of December and we have four weeks of wonderful celebration.”
People come from all over the world to see the brightly lit display, which stops passers-by in their tracks.
Built in 1750, the pub in Kensington Church Street near Notting Hill Gate used to be called The Bedford Arms.
But it was re-named after the Second World War in honour of both Winston Churchill and his grandparents who were regulars at the pub in the 1800s.
Winston’s youngest daughter Lady Mary Soames also visited the bar just a few years before she died in 2014 at the age of 91.
The pub also draws attention during the rest of the year when it is almost completely covered in over 100 hanging floral baskets.