Victorian awnings at The Lillie Langtry

13 Aug 2016

As part of the refurbishment of this famous West Brompton pub we were asked to install new traditional Victorian awnings which blended in perfectly with the frontage of the building. In order to get the required arm extension our designers specified sliding arms which, in combination with the extended fabric, permitted maximum cover for a minimal fixing height. The striped fabric was also part of the branding exercise which was colour co-ordinated to the special graphics.

Lillie Langtry, after whom the pub is named, was  born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton in October 13, 1853. Lillie was  a celebrated  young woman of beauty and charm, her fabulous looks and personality attracted interest, commentary, and invitations from artists and society hostesses in London and the United States.

In 1881, she became an actress and starred in many famous plays. She was also known for her many relationships with men in high places including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Shrewsbury, and Prince Louis of Battenberg. She was the subject of widespread public and media interest and no doubt today Lillie Langtry would have been a number one paparazzi target! She died on February 12, 1929 and is buried in Jersey NY.

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