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Burlington Arcade, London

Burlington Arcade, in London, was built in 1819 by George Cavendish. It is the earliest and best known of three nineteenth century arcades situated along Piccadilly, the other two being Princes and Piccadilly arcades. Uniformed officers known as Beagles were employed to patrol Burlington Arcade and maintain its orderly, rarified atmosphere. The Beagles are still there today and technically still have the authority to escort to the door anyone who runs, carries large packages, opens an umbrella, whistles, hums or sings!

In 1911 the poet T.S. Eliot made his first visit to London. He visited Burlington Arcade with a friend, both of them buying the most expensive suits they could find.

The shops in Burlington Arcade sell expensive, luxury goods.




Directions: Burlington Arcade is in Piccadilly, close to the junction with Old Bond Street. The nearest Undergound stations are Piccadilly or Green Park. Click here for an interactive map centred on Burlington Arcade.

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Address: 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ


telephone: 020 7493 1764

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