Forget Oxford Street, The Churchill Arms, Kensington is the most festive place to visit at Christmas with the most impressive pub Christmas lighting display in London… or “probably the best in the world” (whoops sorry wrong brand tag line)
General Manager, James Keogh and his team take three weeks, 100 Christmas trees and 22,500 lights to make this magical scene, and Fuller’s invited us to capture the moment. I was the event photographer and I also invited my colleague Nathanial from N-Studios capture the video content.
The evening was fast pace as the pub was packed with revellers ready to celebrate the beginning of the festive season. We wanted to capture as much character about the pub as we could (and packed with character it is) as this lighting ceremony has been continuing for a whopping 28 years, tradition was very much the theme.
When all the video content had been captured, I decided to stay behind and capture a few more images of the customers enjoying the Christmas cheer, and also some more images of the Christmas lights outside.
Now, being the Churchill Arms, I thought it would be great to capture a shot of the exterior that included the famous cherry red London bus. Can’t be that hard right? Every single time I attempted to take the shot, something like a HGV or big van drove right in front and got in the way of the picture, and then there were many lovely people walking over to ask me what I was capturing, which was fine as I love to talk. Eventually, one hour later I managed to get the shot I wanted.