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Burlington Arcade is a posh shopping mall off Piccadilly. It is one of the most famous arcades in London – run by ‘Beadles’ in top-hat and tails.
When it was built back in the 1820s, old members of the 10th Hussars were hired to keep the public under control as it used to back onto Burlington House (now the Royal Academy of Arts), so peace and quiet was preferred. These days the Hussars have gone, and have been replaced with the less scary ‘Beadles’.
The Beadles, or Burlington Berties, are kitted out in top hats and tails – long Edwardian frock coats that reach below their knees. They may look friendly, but beware of their draconian rules: they’ll have you for singing, whistling and chewing gum. (And for christ’s sake, please don’t run through with an open umbrella!)
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If you enjoy this then try: Bond Street (you can walk it in 6 mins); London Silver Vaults (walk it in 28 mins or catch a train from Piccadilly Circus to London Silver Vaults); Piccadilly (you can walk it in less than 2 mins) and Royal Exchange (catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Royal Exchange).