Category Archives: Trade Club

New hard paving options from London Stone

A new season: new possibilities, improving weather, new choices. Which is pretty much what our latest paving options give you (OK, not the weather, but we’re working on that) in slate, sandstone and Yorkstone.


Among our three new sandstones is Camel Dust.  Hand-cut and riven for a more traditional look, it extends our colour range with lighter sandy tones and is an economical choice with it a project-pack mix of four sizes for relaxed paving patterns.

Meanwhile, Desert Sandstone and Golden Sandstone are sawn six sides for a luxury finish and sandblasted and brushed to bring out the distinctive colours and markings, as well as offer the reassurance of good slip-resistance. Their hard-wearing qualities make them easier to clean and widens your choice for overhung, damper areas. read more

A starring role – Paul Newman puts Beola Bianca Porcelain in the spotlight

It’s not every day a TV company asks if you have a project suitable for their TV series, but this is exactly what happened to Paul Newman of Paul Newman Landscapes, based in Welwyn Garden City.

Beola Bianca Porcelain - Paul Newman Landscapes - rum shack

Beola Bianca Porcelain Paving and Steps. The rum shack was partly made out of the pallets in which materials had been delivered. Picture courtesy of Paul Newman Landscapes

“TwoFour, a production company, were making a new home renovation series for ITV called Home Game,” says Paul. “We feature in episode five.” read more

How the London Stone Welcome Pack helps sell your garden design

It all started in 2011 – a simple idea for making life easier for designers and landscapers. Why not, we thought, provide a sample box of all our stone products?


When we chatted to Jane Shankster of Arthur Road Landscapes, Wimbledon, at Futurescape this year, she told us:

“It’s very useful for taking to clients. It’s heavy, but I keep it in the van. Clients like to be able to see and touch and compare stones side by side.”

Which, of course, is exactly why we created it.

About to enter its seventh year, the sample box has grown a lot since the early days and now forms part of our new Welcome Pack. Free to everyone who joins our Landscape Specialist Scheme, the pack includes the sample box of all our Natural Stone and Porcelain, plus samples of all our Millboard composite decking and Ardex pointing. read more

Porcelain Paving: Aye Gardening gives us the lowdown

You can’t beat the voice of experience, but it can be difficult to come by when you’re researching a new product like Porcelain. So, we thought it would be useful to chat to a company which is quickly building up quite a portfolio in this versatile material.

Trendy Black Porcelain, Aye Gardening

Trendy Black Porcelain was chosen for a really shaded area (pictured top) in combination with white chippings and artificial grass.  Picture courtesy of Aye Gardening, Surrey.

Aye and Susan Naing of Aye Gardening, in Surrey, began using Porcelain last year. “We started when we kept having to advise people to seal Indian sandstone, especially in shaded areas. People have two issues when replacing paving: algae—they don’t want something that gets so bad as the paving they have at the moment; and pointing that has disappeared. read more

London Stone launches The Garden Designer’s Partner scheme

At London Stone, one of the most exciting aspects of our job is seeing the finished result of builds that use our products. Over the years we’ve been wowed by many gorgeous schemes drawn up by garden designers, whether creating an intimate dining space in a tiny courtyard or uniting multiple levels across a 3000m2 plot.


From working with designers over this time, we’ve come to understand at which points in the evolution of a project we can offer the most help, and this year we’re launching The Garden Designer’s Partner Scheme. read more