has a number of attractive arcades of shops
The most famous is probably the Burlington, alongside the
Royal Academy. This was built in 1819 by Samuel Ware for
Lord Burlington to stop people throwing rubbish over his
garden wall! In 1911 it underwent a redesign by Professor
Beresford Pike when it was raised by an additional storey.
It was sold to the Prudential Assurance Company in 1926
and repaired after WWII bomb damage. It is patrolled by
top-hatted beadles to enforce the regulations which
prohibit hurrying, singing or carrying large parcels and
open umbrellas! The beadles are ex-servicemen and were
originally recruited from the 10th Hussars.
|Hancocks & Co at 52 & 53
Burlington Arcade have been exclusively responsible for
the design and production of the Victoria Cross since its
inception in 1856. Read more on their website.
On the opposite side of Piccadilly are the Piccadilly
of 1909 (pictured above) and Prince's Arcades. The
decorative entrance (pictured right) is that of the
Royal Arcade of 1880 between Albemarle Street and Old
arcade is the Royal Opera running parallel to and
between the south ends of Regent Street and Haymarket.
It was built in 1816-18 by John Nash and G S Repton.
My walks around St
James's take in four of the arcades mentioned [click here]
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