Christmas Shopping in Piccadilly and Burlington Arcade

Hidden streets and passageways are what makes London so special. As you navigate the West End, turn into Burlington and Piccadilly Arcade, a truly timeless destination in the heart of Mayfair, an iconic runway uniting Piccadilly and Bond Street.

The arcade was built to the order of Lord George Cavendish, younger brother of the 5th Duke of Devonshire, who had inherited the adjacent Burlington House, on what had been the side garden of the house and was reputedly to prevent passers-by throwing oyster shells and other rubbish over the wall of his home. His architect was Samuel Ware. The Arcade opened on 20 March 1819.

The pedestrian arcade, with smart uniform shop fronts under a glazed roof, has always been an upmarket retail location. It is patrolled by Burlington Arcade beadles in traditional uniforms including top hats and frockcoats.

Piccadilly Arcade was opened in 1909, having been designed by Thrale Jell, and is a Grade II listed building. Both are wonderful shopping destinations with equisite British hand-crafter items. The Lady decided to visit to learn more about the history of these wonderful shopping precincts and what they hold.