London Sights

Advertisement

Guidebooks

Burlington Arcade Review

With ceilings and lights now restored to how they would have looked when it was built in 1819, Burlington Arcade is the finest of Mayfair's enchanting covered shopping alleys. Originally built for Lord Cavendish, it was meant to stop the hoi polloi from flinging rubbish into his garden at next-door Burlington House. Top-hatted watchmen called Beadles—the world's smallest private police force—still patrol, preserving decorum by preventing you from singing, running, or carrying an open umbrella. The arcade is also the main link between the Royal Academy of Arts and its extended galleries at 6 Burlington Gardens.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1 | Map It
  • Phone: 020/7493–1764
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–8, Sat. 9–8, Sun. 11–8; opening times of shops within the arcade vary
  • Website:
  • Tube: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus.
  • Location: St. James's and Mayfair
Updated: 02-28-2014

Fodorite Reviews

Be the first to review this property

Advertisement

Travel Deals in London

View all travel deals
* Some taxes, fees additional

View more trip reports

View more travel discussions

· News & Features

View more blog stories