In 1818, Lord George Cavendish, later Earl of Burlington, commissioned his architect Samuel Ware to design a shopping arcade for the sale of jewellery and luxury items. Since the first day Burlington Arcade opened its gates in 1819, it has been a hit.
Now, two centuries later, Burlington Arcade has lost none of its grandeur and is still the most elegant shopping arcade. It offers a welcome, peaceful change from London’s busy shopping district.
The entrances to the Burlington Arcade are guarded by the Beadles, dressed in a kind of porter’s suit with top hat. For example, you are not allowed to sing, hum and run in the gallery. If you do this, the Beadles will eventually kick you out.