Burlington Arcade

sights / Architecture

Burlington Arcade information

London , United Kingdom
Street 51 Piccadilly
Extras W1
Getting there
tube Green Park
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Opening hours
10am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6.30pm Sat, 11am-5pm Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Flanking Burlington House, home to the Royal Academy of Arts, is this delightful arcade, built in 1819. Today it is a shopping precinct for the wealthy, and is most famous for the Burlington Berties, uniformed guards who patrol the area keeping an eye out for such offences as running, chewing gum or whatever else might lower the tone.

The fact that the arcade once served as a brothel isn’t mentioned. Running perpendicular to it between Old Bond and Albermarle Sts is the more recent (1880) Royal Arcade .