Victorian Mosaic Tiling

External and Internal – Garden Paths, Porches and Hallways

The London Front Garden Company supplies and lays ‘Victorian’ Mosaic Tiling for garden paths and porches, often as part of our complete garden design service.

We also restore and replace Victorian mosaic floors in halls and passages across London.

Because we specialise in garden and interior tiling for period properties, we are experts in the field.

Whether you are replacing your old path or hallway with a copy of the original, or would like to make a change with a traditional ‘twist’, we can help.

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Geometric and Encaustic Tiling for that Period Finish

Whatever your requirements, we have the knowledge, skills and experience to reproduce a whole range of wonderful mosaic patterns, from the classic ‘black and white chequerboard’ geometric pattern of our logo to incredibly complex ‘box and star’ masterpieces containing patterned, or encaustic, tiles.

Geometric tiling was a huge trend in what we now call 'period properties', especially those built during Victorian and Georgian times.  Although incredibly hard wearing, they also became a symbol of social standing, with some designs comprising as many as 600 tiles per square metre.

Many London homes still sport these tiles, but the vast majority have now become damaged, tired or in a state of disrepair. Many of our customers want to revitalise their homes or gardens and restore them to their former glory.

Take a look at our gallery below to see some of our tiling craftsmanship.

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Our Expert Tilers can create Mosaic Masterpieces, Inside or Outside.

Craftsmanship & Materials

What makes our mosaic tiling design and fitting services the best in the business is our persistent desire to offer the best craftsmanship possible.

Our skilled tilers have thousands of hours of experience between them, have an incredible attention to detail and aim to be perfectionists in what they do.

Our work is built to last. We are agents for Original Style and Olde English Victorian Tiles manufacturers so you can be sure the materials used are the best available. All modern tiles are made in a similar way to the original Victorian mosaic tiles and are heat treated to be weather, scratch and stain resistant - which makes them suitable for all areas, from the garden to the kitchen.

Every path and hall is created by hand, laying each tile individually.

Equally important is the integrity of the footings – the base – and we take great care to ensure these are extremely strong, stable and absolutely flat.

Contact us for a free consultation and quote.

We approached this Company after sighting their previous works when we were thinking of re-planning our front garden with a black and white Victorian path. We knew exactly what we wanted and Chris Martin was most attentive and very helpful to the detail we required, and with his experience adding input which was constructive. His team were both flexible and knowledgeable in their specialized fields and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending them.
Alan Ling
Alan Ling
Seen a lot of your work. Love it.
Sunil Radia
Sunil Radia
i would definitely recommend The London Front Garden Company. They took time to listen to what we wanted, were efficient and professional throughout and we really liked the way the whole team had worked together for years. We are delighted with our new front garden!
Joanna McBrearty
Joanna McBrearty
We are so thrilled with our new front garden. The entire installation team were polite, professional and highly skilled - the results have exceeded our expectations and we receive endless compliments from neighbours and passers by - highly recommended
Caroline Pipe
Caroline Pipe
great response time to my initial enquiry, and a seamless service was delivered from design consultation through to installation. Would highly recommend.
Steph Faber
Steph Faber
London Front Garden Company reinstated my Victorian front path, porch floor, front garden wall and Hever Estate style iron work and gate. Great care was taken to get the style of tiles correct and then reproduced. The brick work on the front wall was Flemish bond and the coping stones reinstated to match the originals. Excellent workmanship and it’s been a joy to walk on my front path for the last six years. I contacted them again this year as my front stone step had been damaged by Council workmen whilst reinstating the public footpath. Byron came out to look and then sent Luci, who had done the original work, to do the repairs. He spent the morning working to expertly repair the step at no cost to me. How amazing is that? I can highly recommend their workmanship, attention to detail and professionalism.
Bernie Frances
Bernie Frances
Very pleased with the service throughout. Byron was helpful and knowledgeable during the design phase. The work was done quickly, professionally and to a high standard. Would absolutely recommend
Zoë White
Zoë White
Very professional company, from initial phone call to installing complete new front garden. Loving my new path and steps!
Tamara Bishopp
Tamara Bishopp
Looking at guys who know their business. Specialist and niche, but deliver on promises.
Tom H
Tom H
We worked with the London Front Garden Company to take our front garden back closer to how it would have originally looked. In addition to the work rebuilding the steps and garden which the company does so well, Chris also sourced reclaimed titles which matched the originals and was able to rebuild the front wall using coping stones cut specifically to match what would have originally been there. Although there were periods were the work was a little slow (especially during the cold, long winter) we decided to relax and trust Chris and his team to get the job done as the various different bits of work came together. Ultimately it was pain free process and we are very happy with the results. Thank you Chris and team.
Ollie Hodge
Ollie Hodge
Fantastic job on our front garden. Excellent recommendations from consultant Byron & the master tiler Lucien. Quick, professional and really a work of art, Lucien did an amazing job of matching the pattern we wanted to an awkward, misaligned space. He took pride in making it look right and we love it - Highly recommend.
holly williams
holly williams
Very pleased on how an outline concept got translated into a quality finished product. We have now planted Japanese Maple, Cactus that shop claims can be grown outdoors in London, 5 No Lavender, 4 Roses and some Bluebell bulbs (see photos). We hope for a blaze of colour next summer! Photos as is are attached.Couple more photos as turned out very well.
Peter Hird
Peter Hird
We are delighted with our new steps and paving. We had good and helpful contact with Chris when he made site visits, but Luci was the star of the work. He is a true craftsman and he really cared about getting the steps and the rain run off just right. He worked so hard, in sun and rain and has done a beautiful job.
Alison
Alison
Very happy with the finished job with very good attention to detail.
Adam Ryan
Adam Ryan
Incredibly professional delivering a very high quality product. A pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend them to anyone wishing to have similar work done.
Andrew Tierney
Andrew Tierney
Excellent quality work and all round great service
Callum Skinner
Callum Skinner
We searched for several months for a company that we could trust to do our front garden to a high standard and Chris and his team absolutely delivered that. We have a period house and therefore wanted something in keeping with its style. Chris (the owner) took the time to understand what we wanted and made really good planting recommendations (given that we are not plant experts!). His team did a great job and were very professional. Chris did such a great job on our front garden that our next door neighbour got him to redo theirs! I would highly recommend Chris and his company to friends and family.
Linda Olivera Stride
Linda Olivera Stride
They did an excellent job. Transformed my front garden. Professional workers, and Chris, the owner is very honest/helpful in providing cost effective solutions to avoid one wasting money.
STEPHEN KERSLEY
STEPHEN KERSLEY
I have attempted to contact this company on two separate occasions 8 months apart to get an outline quote or at least further information about Victorian wall railings and a restoration project for our home address. Whilst I appreciate Covid has had detrimental effects on business, I don't think any business should be above dignifiying enquiries with a personalised reply or offering an answer to a simple question. Instead I have received identical (possibly automated) dismissive replies. Poor customer service guys.Update March '22: The company's owner Chris got in touch, was very cordial and professional and provided relevant advice. He apologised for the lack of reply to both requests and admitted shortcomings in that process. At no time did he ask for this review to be edited, but I think the proactive response and subsequent product advice warrants it. Thanks Chris.
Adam Phillips
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The History of Victorian Mosaic Garden Pathways: A Journey Through Time and Design

The history of Victorian mosaic garden pathways is a fascinating tale that takes us back to the 19th century. These intricate designs became a staple in gardens across London and beyond, reflecting the era's taste for elegance and grandeur. read on below to delve into the origins, popular styles, and lasting impact of these beautiful garden features.

The Victorian Era: A Time of Aesthetic Revival

  • Leading the Way: The Victorian era, spanning from 1837 to 1901, was a period of immense cultural and artistic growth.
  • Influence on Design: This era saw a renewed interest in classical and medieval designs, which heavily influenced garden layouts and features.

The Rise of Mosaic Pathways

  • Authentic Craftsmanship: Mosaic pathways became popular during the late 19th century, often featuring intricate patterns and a variety of colours.
  • Choice of Material: Tiles were the primary choice, with concrete and other aggregates serving as the base.

The London Influence

  • Capital Trends: London was a hub for Victorian design, and its influence spread to gardens across the country.
  • Examples to Follow: Many historic houses in London still feature original Victorian mosaic garden pathways, making them a popular choice for property owners today.

The Art of Creating Mosaic Pathways

  • Getting the Basics Right: The first step in creating a Victorian mosaic pathway is to prepare a stable, flat surface.
  • Laying the Tiles: Tiles are then meticulously laid in predetermined patterns, often requiring expert craftsmanship for the best results.

Maintenance and Preservation

  • Long-lasting Beauty: With proper care, these pathways can last for decades, adding value to any property.
  • Steps to Longevity: Regular cleaning and occasional repairs are essential to maintain the pathway's original beauty.
Victorian mosaic garden pathways are more than just a walkway; they are a testament to the artistic and cultural richness of an era gone by. Whether you're a homeowner looking to add a touch of Victorian elegance or a history buff interested in architectural trends, these pathways offer a timeless appeal that continues to captivate us today.