The ancient London traditions of fine carving and gilding are still carried on by W Thomas Restorations Ltd, world famous specialists in the restoration and conservation of 18th and 19th carved giltwood furniture, mirrors and works of art. The company is not only involved with restoration work for private customers and antique dealers, but also for some of the most prestigious private collections and important museums.

Founded in the 1920s by William Thomas Oatway, the company's reputation is based upon the skills he learned as an apprentice with the 19th Century firm of Elsons. After a short period as a sub-contractor he set up his own business and established W Thomas Restorations in Lisson Grove, Marylebone, London. The business expanded resulting in a move to larger workshops in Goldney Road, Paddington, however, after Second World War bomb damage the company re-located to a listed Victorian school house in Little Venice, Maida Vale. William Thomas remained as a consultant until his death in 1992.

In 1989 Ray Dudman became manager of the company, having joined as an apprentice in 1974, and was appointed a director in 1984. In 2003, W Thomas Restorations Ltd was granted the ultimate honour of the Royal Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen. From 2006 the company has had workshops in Battersea, and in 2018 moved to a more practical building in Wimbledon, London SW19.

The carving, gilding and subsidiary departments comprise a team of widely respected craftsmen and women capable of handling a wide variety of projects, both large and small.