Focus on Burlington Arcade
BY OLIVIA PINNOCK
Monday 12th February 2019
There are few shopping experiences as unique as Burlington Arcade. Just off busy Piccadilly in the West End’s Mayfair region, this covered shopping promenade is an original piece of London and shopping history filled with beautiful high-end stores. You’ll find a mix of independent and established names specialising in jewellery, watches, beauty and fashion. The original concept when it was built in 1819 was to create a space “for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public”. In this sense, it’s barely changed.
The Burlington Arcade is one of the earliest of its kind, sparking a trend for shopping arcades that began to appear all over Europe in the 19th century, eventually paving the way for the modern shopping centre. In comparison to today’s gigantic malls, Burlington Arcade feels like a smaller, more characterful version that has managed to keep hold of some of its longest standing tenants for authenticity. It’s no wonder it attracts three million visitors every year.
Take a stroll down this historical spot and imagine you’re in Regency London with our guide to the past and present of this West End gem…