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Burlington ArcadeLondon
London W1J 0PZ
TfL Fare Zone 1


The Burlington Arcade website’s description of the Arcade sums it up perfectly:
“The Arcade epitomises impeccable service, specialist knowledge and elegant surroundings. From the classic to the contemporary, a huge variety of the finest goods are on offer whether searching for a gift, treating yourself or simply window shopping - softest cashmere to sparkling antiques, vintage watches, connoisseur writing materials, fine fragrance and top quality leather goods. Shop with the world’s most feted celebrities in the Burlington Arcade, a welcome retreat from the swirling bustle and noise of London’s streets”.
Lord Cavendish
Opened in 1819, the arcade was commissioned by Lord Cavendish who lived next door in Burlington House (now The Royal Academy). He was tired of local louts tossing their rubbish (mainly oyster shells) over his back wall into his garden. He decided to quarantine the area by building a shopping arcade. He announced that the arcade was for the benefit of the public and to provide a place of employment.
Uniformed Beadle
Security is looked after by a uniformed Beadle in Edwardian top hat and frock coat. Still the world’s smallest private police force, originally the beadles were provided by Lord Cavendish who recruited them from his family regiment, the Tenth Hussars.
Courtesy shown by Beadles & Shop Staff
The writer can vouch for the exceptional courtesy of the Beadles and the various shop's sales staff, no matter how impecunious the customer is!
Contact & Further Information
Getting There
To find the best way for getting to the Burlington Arcade, visit TfL Journey Planner.
- By Underground
Green Park Station          Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
Piccadilly Circus Station   Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines - use Piccadilly exit
- By Bus
Routes 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38 
We suggest that you visit the Transport for London website and use their 'Journey Planner'
Google Map - Burlington Arcade 

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