The Deans shop awnings at The Alpaca Islington

The Deans shop awnings, as seen here on the new Alpaca pub on the Essex Road in Islington, provide a multitude of benefits. They are at one time an aesthetic statement on a traditional building, a shelter for customers enjoying the outdoors and a reminder of how the street would have looked back in the Victorian era when Deans first manufactured these types of shop awnings. Both the shop awnings box and front lath have been constructed from harvested hardwood, sourced only from licensed timber merchants. The timber has  been hand crafted in our joinery shop then sanded and hand painted with a durable water based paint to present a high quality finish. The subtle shade of grey has been chosen by the client to blend with the colour of the building and with the UV resistant grey awning fabric. To complete the ensemble we have applied branding to the main awning and to the shop blind valance, using our bespoke RAGS Graphic process.

The Alpaca is a brand new neighbourhood pub on for Essex Road, Islington. The Alpaca is bringing ‘proper pub’ energy to this Islington enclave and taking over from The New Rose, the venue offers a contemporary take on the traditional public house. The Alpaca’s drinks list maintains a focus on cask ales, craft beers and local brews. The food menu too looks to neighbourhood producers, with the Steve Hatt fishmongers next door already on board as a supplier.

Originally named by the Saxons Giseldone then Gislandune Islington finally arrived by its current name, which roughly means “downhill” but this was later altered to Isledon and finally to the current Islington.  The Metropolitan Borough of Islington, was formed  in 1899 eventually merging with Finsbury, to form the modern borough. Today the borough of Islington is mainly known for its modern shops, restaurants  and stylish homes  one of which was famously occupied by multi millionaire former Prime Minister Tony Blair.