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This page covers the bespoke sign practice of Nick Garrett, including Classic and Modern examples of Pub Signage, Reverse Glass work, Retail fascias and Cafe writing… with a gallery of recent works in videos and images that will add inspiration to your next sign project. 

You are in the NGS Gilding page – NEW article Case study Leadenhall Market gilding

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Double coating lettering on glass Nick Garrett London

The George Tavern London Signwriter Nick Garrett NGS 3

… it gleams and reflects – an unparalleled beauty

The power gold has on passers by is what makes it such a key asset to a signwriter’s tool set.  From all angles it is visible .. the sun never bleaches it from view in mid afternoon it glows much as it does at dawn and under artificial lighting it becomes gloriously luminous.

‘Nothing conveys as much impact on a window as gold leaf.’

Raymond. J. Le Blanc. 1978:7

We believe it is true… gold leaf is affordable and the very best way to enhance success and your high impact visual appeal.

Johnston 4 Upmarket glass gilding NGS leadenhall_07

Placement and design for gilding and glass gilding is a critical process requiring a lot of experience, clear client communication and skills in order to create the perfect panel.



There is no finish more beautiful than gold leaf

Traditional Hand Signwriting and Gilding: About Water Gilding, Nick Garrett

Nick Garrett is a specialist gilder with restoration and decorative works across the globe.  Recently his projects have included work in West End, prestigious homes and projects in Italy and the City of London.

Photo: FOOTE'S launch in goodstyle!!

Gold leaf Specialists NGS LONDON

Above:  The laying of the 24ct gold leaf for Miami Ink.

Below:  Foote’s had a 10% Distress and the Bread store a heavier fab 30% stressed finish

Even in today’s modern architectural context gold leaf still stands as a statement of tradition, elegance and quality.

Whether you require 24ct English or Italian gold leaf, lemon antique gold, blue bronze, white gold or platinum leaf, I can help choose the perfect material for your design and create a stunning final piece.

Gold leaf is my passion

If you have a gilding project, need genuine expertise and that extra finesse then contact me at for more information and pricing.

Please enjoy the examples of my gold leaf work across London.


…. gold is also becoming valuable for other, more practical reasons, and not just jewellery (which accounts for around 80% of the 161,000 tonnes of gold in the world today). In medicine and space exploration, for instance, and especially electronics, gold is now an essential component. “Any electrical gadget, from your iPod to your telephone, will have gold contacts in it,” says Green. “And a lot of modern technology simply wouldn’t work without gold.”

All told, he reckons the electronics industry consumes around 400 tonnes of the metal each year (out of a total annual world production of approximately 2,500 tonnes). And “consumes” is the word, because, for the first time, most of what is being used will never be recovered. The quantities in each device are individually so small, it would not be worth the money to try.

Gold, in other words, will no longer be endlessly reused. It has become mortal. It will always have value – as copper, tin, titanium and all metals do – but it will never be special again. And one day, perhaps, Gordon Brown will be able to say he told us so.

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