Crol and Co have a new Deans shop blind clothed in striking blue and white candy striped fabric, to match the shop front. The antique nature of the business is reflected in the traditional craft of the Deans shop blind. The blind box has been constructed from harvested hardwood and painted with commercial grade water based paint to match the blue shop front. All metal work is in black which is appropriate for the Victorian era during which these awnings were first made.
Crol and Co opened its doors at the end of September last year and the new awning really sets off the frontage well in this Bermondsey area. Crol & Co is the name of owners Nico and Vanessa’s online vintage and antiques business and their new Bermondsey coffee shop has the same name. Usually, the biggest upselling risk in a coffee shop is that you will end up upgrading to a single-origin coffee or buying a cake, but at Crol & Co there is a good chance you will go in for a coffee and come out with a new (to you) antique! There are a few small tables inside and another on the pavement (which also has a place to leave your bike).
Bermondsey has a long history but after the Great Fire of London, it was settled by the well-to-do and took on the character of a garden suburb especially along the lines of Grange Road, as Bermondsey Street became more urbanised, and of Jamaica/ Lower Road. A pleasure garden was founded there in the 17th century, commemorated by the Cherry Garden Pier. Samuel Pepys visited “Jamaica House” at Cherry Gardens in 1664 and recorded in his diary that he had left it “singing finely”. Jamaica Road still remains.