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Historic London ArcadesLondon
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While wandering around the exclusive shopping areas of Piccadilly, Jermyn and Old Bond Streets, take time to walk through the beautiful Regency arcades. These elegant ‘shopping centres’ were built between 1811 and 1920.
 
Behind the bow-fronted windows are old established businesses selling all manner of goods from exquisite perfumes, cashmere sweaters and antique jewellery to hand tailored suits.
 
Under the guidance of English Heritage, the arcades are currently being restored to their original Regency pastel colours with the sculptured mouldings picked out in white. They are a real treat to visit.
 
Most Famous Arcades 
Burlington Arcade
Closest Underground Station is Green Park.
 
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“The Arcade epitomises impeccable service, specialist knowledge and elegant surrounding”. Security is looked after by a top hatted and morning suited Beadle. 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
 
Piccadilly Arcade
Closest Underground Stations are Green Park or Piccadilly Circus.
 
Built 1909-1910 this Edwardian arcade is opposite Burlington and runs through to Jermyn Street. At this end is a statue of the Regency arbiter of fashion, Beau Brummell. The arcade contains a number of tailors and men’s outfitters.
 
Princes Arcade
Closest Underground Station is Green Park.
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Built in 1929-1933 the arcade is also opposite Burlington and runs through to Jermyn Street. It is not as magnificent as the Piccadilly but does have the most fantastic chocolate shop.
 
Royal Arcade
Closest Underground Station is Green Park.
 
Built in 1879, this elegant High Victorian arcade runs from 28 Old Bond Street through to 12 Albermarle Street. The gallery and roof is painted in a delicate peach colour with white mouldings and orange pillars and highlights.
 
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Royal Opera Arcade
Closest Underground Station is Piccadilly Circus.
 
Built in 1816-1818 by the great Regency architect John Nash, this is the oldest arcade. It is hidden away next to Her Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket. Not as well known at the other arcades, it is a quiet, pleasant spot to wander through.
 
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Getting There
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Burlington Arcade:
Underground:   Green Park Station           Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
Buses: 8, 9, 14, 19, 22, 38
 
Piccadilly Arcade:
Underground:   Green Park Station           Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
Underground:   Piccadilly Circus Station    Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines
 
Princes Arcade:
Underground:   Green Park Station           Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
 
Royal Arcade:
Underground:   Green Park Station           Piccadilly, Victoria and Jubilee Lines
 
Royal Opera Arcade:
Underground:   Piccadilly Circus Station     Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines
 
- By Bus 
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