The Churchill Arms might just be the most Christmas-mad pub in Britain
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The Churchill Arms might just be the most Christmas-mad pub in Britain

IT IS the Irish pub known all across London for its vibrant floral arrangements – so it will come to no surprise to regulars to see the Churchill Arms well lit up for Christmas.

Pub owner Gerry O’Brien has behind the bar of the Kensington pub for 30 years this year and wanted to go all out.

“We got some three-foot Christmas trees and thought how will we get more than the 60 we had last year?” Mr O’Brien explained.

“But we managed it and had our official turning on last night.”

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On hand to do the honours was 81-year-old Ita, a native of Co. Meath who has been a regular at the Churchill Arms since Mr O’Brien took over in 1985.

And while the outside of the pub is eye-catching, Mr O'Brien is making sure the inside is up to scratch too.

"We've got this much up already but haven't touched the inside yet," he said. "That's what I'll be spending my weekend doing!"

Here is the pub’s Christmas lights extravaganza in numbers…

75

The number of Christmas trees dotted around the outside of the pub

6,000

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The electric bill Gerry O’Brien expects to receive once Christmas has gone

17,500

The number of bulbs that make up the impressive lighting display

20,000

The cost of decking the pub out with all the lights and trees