Burlington Arcade

Address: Mayfair, London, United Kingdom

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Take a stroll down the world's first shopping arcade.

Opened in 1819, the narrow covered Burlington Arcade was originally built by Lord George Cavendish whose adjacent home, Burlington House, is now the art-filled Royal Academy. Lined with over 70 small and upmarket boutiques, it is beautifully decorated and still patrolled by frock-coated Beadles in gold ties who help keep the atmosphere dignified. It's a good place to buy presents - especially for that most difficult of creatures - men. You'll find two more historic, shop-filled arcades close by. To the north, on the west side of Old Bond Street at No.28, the Royal Arcade dates from 1879. Meanwhile to the south, Piccadilly Arcade opened in 1910 and lies between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street. At its southern end there's a statue of the famous 18th-century dandy Beau Brummel.

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Expert tips

If the weather forecast is heavy rain, put these arcades into your day's itinerary.

Have a chat with a Beadle - they're very approachable and can help you with directions and advice.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Shopping
  • History
  • Design and architecture