Royal Arcade

The Arcade was constructed in 1879 and connects Old Bond Street with Albemarle Street in the heart of London’s most exclusive shopping district, Mayfair. It is the city’s oldest purpose-built shopping arcade.

Development of an arcade in the area was originally proposed in 1864 as a longer link between Old Bond Street and Regent Street, but was rejected due to the scale of proposed demolition and restriction of access to existing properties. A subsequent redesigned proposal was submitted to its current layout, with The Arcade as it appears today opening in 1879 and replacing the Clarendon Hotel, which had been demolished in 1870.

With its saddled glass roof, richly decorated stucco arches, curved glass window bays and elegant Ionic columns, it was the epitome of Victorian design. The arcade has changed little in the intervening 136 years and retains all its original features. As such, it is a rare opportunity to experience a genuine Victorian arcade is it was intended.

The arcade is hugely popular with shoppers throughout the year, but especially so at Christmas when its impressive architecture makes for a stunning setting for its Christmas decorations. With a new scheme installed for 2015, the arcade really is a magical place to visit, as shown in the gallery below:

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Beards (Mayfair)
14 Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SW

Founded in 1804, Beards is one of the oldest Jewellery Houses in England. Originally established under the family... Read more

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Calleija
The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SW

Calleija are international award-winning jewellers, renowned for incredible design detail, iconic craftsmanship,... Read more

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Camper (Old Bond Street)
28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SQ

We are a contemporary footwear brand from the island of Mallorca, Spain. Founded in 1975, we are a family... Read more

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Cartujano
8-11 Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SQ

137 years after Antonio Fluxà founded an outstanding shoe workshop in Inca (Majorca), the fourth generation of... Read more

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Charbonnel et Walker (Old Bond Street)
The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4BT

Charbonnel et Walker has been established as Britain’s Master Chocolatier since 1875. In that year King Edward... Read more

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E.B. Meyrowitz
6 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SF

E.B. Meyrowitz in London, relocating from its original location in Bond Street, settled a short walk away at 6,... Read more

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Erskine, Hall & Coe
The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SP

Erskine, Hall & Coe was founded in 2011. We specialise in contemporary and 20th century ceramics, but also... Read more

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George Cleverley
13 The Royal Arcade, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SL

George Cleverley was one of London's finest bespoke shoemakers established for almost half a century in Mayfair.... Read more

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Ormonde Jayne
12 The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SL

Ormonde Jayne is a British perfume house creating luxury perfume, scented candles and bathing oils of... Read more

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Paul Smith (Royal Arcade)
28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SR

Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and... Read more

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Simon Griffin Antiques Limited
The Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street London W1s 4SB – Tel: 0207 491 7367, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SB

Founded in 1985, Simon Griffin Antiques buy and sell modern and antique silverware. They also offer a repair and... Read more

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The Watch Club
4 Royal Arcade, 28 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 4SD

We buy and sell new, pre-owned, and vintage watches, specialising in Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and... Read more

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