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Burlington Arcade, London

  • Address: 51 Piccadilly W1
  • Vicinity: Burlington Gardens, 1-72 Burlington Arcade, E of Old Bond Street
  • Neighborhood of Mayfair in London
  • Type: Shopping Arcade
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Activity Category: Shopping

Burlington Arcade is a Regency and Edwardian style covered shopping promenade in London's Mayfair neighborhood. The arcade roof is supported by arches carrying a tent-like ceiling with glazed roof-lights, the arches dividing the arcade into bays of 2 shops articulated by projecting and recessed display windows with entablatures and tripartite sashed lights to 1st floor. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1819/00/00 Samuel Ware Architect Designed with a triple arched entrance, construction begins on the Burlington Arcade for George Cavendish on the side garden of his house. The structure should prevent passers-by from throwing oyster shells and other rubbish over the wall of his home.
1819/03/20 Lord George institutes a private police force drawn from the 10th Hussars to patrol his arcade. Known as beadles, they are dressed in traditional uniforms including top hats and frockcoats and maintain Regency decorum by banning singing, humming, hurrying
1819/03/20 George Cavendish's Burlington Arcade opens between Piccadilly and Burlington Gardens for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public.
1819/11/00 John Miller (transatlantic publisher) Work By 1819, John Miller opens his shop at 10-11 Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, London.
1820/02/16 John Miller (transatlantic publisher) Publisher The first four American installments are collected into a single volume and self-published by Irving in London, by John Miller's Burlington Arcade imprint. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (Story Collection)
1820/04/00 John Miller (transatlantic publisher) Publisher In early April, John Miller's Burlington Arcade imprint goes bankrupt, leaving the bulk of "The Sketch Book" unsold in his warehouse. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent (Story Collection)
1836/03/26 A fire destroys the Western Exchange, commonly known as Bond Street Bazaar, which backed up to No 14 in the arcade, then spreads through an open iron door, reducing Nos 12-15 and 58-61 to rubble.
1860/00/00 Madam Parsons runs a hat shop, selling Paris-made guinea bonnets at 26-28 Burlington Arcade, as a front for a brothel in nearby Regent Street. After 'her' death, it becomes well known that 'she' was a man.
1862/00/00 Since the upper chambers over a 'friendly bonnet shop' are used for prostitution, Henry Mayhew notes that men who wish to avoid 'publicity in their amours' dread being seen in the vicinity of the arcade at certain hours.
1873/00/00 S J Rood jewelers is established in London's Burlington Arcade by the Allen family, diamond merchants and jewellery manufacturers.
1911/00/00 Beresford Pike Architect Design by Beresford Pike, 1st floor loggia is added to the Piccadilly elevation of the Burlington Arcade.
1911/00/00 Sculptures by Benjamin Clemens are included on the new Piccadilly facade of he Burlington Arcade.
1931/00/00 Beresford Pike Architect Beresford Pike adds the stone faced 1st floor arcaded loggia with parapet to the Piccadilly facade and rebuilds the large camber arched entrance in an Edwardian-Baroque manner.
1937/00/00 E Bates and W G Sinning Architect Burlington Gardens' elevation by Samuel Ware is replaced by a plain Portland stone faced parapeted front (with Lord Chesham's coat of arms) over a camber arched opening on low pylons, by E Bates and W G Sinning.
1940/09/11 A Nazi high explosive bomb lands at the corner of Cork Street and Burlington Gardens, about 25 yards north east of the Burlington Arcade. The upper end of the Burlington Arcade, a gem of the Regency, is reduced to a mess of twisted steel. London Blitz
1946/00/00 An application is sent to the Ministry of Works to restore the Burlington Arcade to its elegant pre-war condition.
1952/12/00 Work begin on restoring the Burlington Arcade to its pre-war condition. The Ministry agrees that the repairs should be finished before the Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II, as her carriage will pass by the Arcade.
1953/06/00 Restoration of the Burlington Arcade is completed in time for the June 2nd Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
1964/00/00 A Jaguar Mark X drives into the arcade, six masked men leap out, smash the windows of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Association shop and steal jewellery valued at 35,000 pounds. They will not be caught, but bollards will be installed.
1985/00/00 Paul McCartney Honor In the 1980s, Paul McCartney is caught whistling at Burlington Arcade. Although forbidden since the early days, the beadle, a member of the arcade's own police force, grants the former Beatle a lifetime exemption.
1998/05/00 Hancocks and Co, notable for the manufacture of the Victoria Cross medals, acquires S J Rood and assumes their shop at 52-53 Burlington Arcade.
2010/00/00 Thor Equities and Meyer Bergman buy the Burlington Arcade for 104 million pounds and hire architect Michael Blair to restore the structure.
2018/05/00 The Burlington Arcade is sold to David and Simon Reuben for 300 million Pounds Sterling.

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Particulars for Burlington Arcade, London:
Area of Significance Architecture
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Era Edwardian Era
Historic Use Retail shop
Building Use Shopping Arcade

English National Heritage List: 1066338

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Activity Category Shopping

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