Built for Lord George Cavendish in 1819, Burlington Arcade was reputedly ordered to prevent passers-by from throwing oyster shells over the wall of his home, Burlington House.
The arcade was one of the first glazed shopping arcades in Europe and has always been an upmarket shopping destination under the instruction of Lord Cavendish who stated its purpose was “for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public.”
However Burlington Arcade also has a less history – the upper level of the arcade had a reputation for prostitution in its early days. To resolve this issue, the Lord recruited the Burlington Beadles from his regiment to police the arcade. The Beadles are still in force today and hold the title of the world’s oldest and smallest police force. Still dressed in their Victorian uniforms of frock coats with gold buttons and top hats, they enforce the rules of the arcade and add to its exclusive atmosphere.
French swim and resort wear brand Vilebrequin is inspired by 1970’s St Tropez and specializes in men’s swim shorts in a range of styles and prints. There’s also a range of children’s swimwear in matching prints. The brand has collaborated with a number of high fashion designers and artists including Karl Lagerfeld and Alex Israel.
1 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, and 10am – 7pm Thursday
Luxury French bakery Ladurée is best known for its macarons, which come in a pastel rainbow of colours and flavours in beautiful boxes to make a lovely gift. The shop is styled like a gold-encrusted cave and there are a few tables outside for those who want to linger over coffee and cake. A little piece of Paris in London.
17 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 8am – 8pm Monday to Saturday and 11am – 6pm Sunday
3. Harry’s of London
Harry’s of London specializes in shoes, bags and accessories for men. The styles range from classic to contemporary and are designed in London and crafted in Europe using high quality materials such as calf leather and alligator skin.
68 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 7pm Thursday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday
One of Britain’s oldest heritage footwear brands, Church’s was founded in 1873 and is now part of the Prada group. The classic leather shoes for men and women are handcrafted using Goodyear welt manufacturing at the factory in the brand’s birthplace of Northampton. Clients include Tony Blair during his time as Prime Minister, and Pierce Brosnan in his role as James Bond.
58 – 59 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday
The Penhaligon’s perfume house was founded in the 1860s and some of the original fragrances such as Hammam Bouquet, Blenheim Bouquet, and English Fern are still available today. The shop also offers a scent profiling service to find the perfect fragrance for you in the private upstairs salon over a glass of champagne.
16 – 17 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday
6. Manolo Blahnik
Shoes from one of the world’s most famous footwear designers are available in this elegant boutique, which opened in 2016 – the first new London store for the brand in 44 years. The shoes are displayed like works of art, while a faux fireplace and plush upholstered stools provide a comfortable luxurious atmosphere.
32 – 33 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 5pm Sunday
Founded in 1849, Hancocks offers both rare antique and vintage jewellery, and contemporary designs handcrafted from gold, silver, and precious stones. A bespoke design and gemstone sourcing service is also available.
52 – 53 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, 11am – 5pm Saturday, and closed on Sunday
8. Crockett & Jones
The fine English shoemaker sells footwear for men and women using Goodyear welted manufacturing techniques since 1879. Customers can choose their preferred colour, material, and style and there’s also a repairs service.
20 – 21 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 9am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday
A perfume and beauty boutique of one of the world’s most famous brands opened in Burlington Arcade in 2014. One-to-one fragrance consultations are on offer, as well ask makeovers, foundation matching, and personalized skincare advice.
54 – 55 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 6.30pm Saturday, and 11am – 5pm Sunday
10. La Perla
The Italian lingerie and fashion brand sells beachwear, sleepwear, ready to wear fashion, and accessories alongside the lingerie it’s most famous for. Founded in 1954 by a corsetry maker, the brand has created bespoke pieces for Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé.
56 – 57 Burlington Arcade, 51 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0QJ
Open 10am – 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 – 6pm Sunday