PHOTO: BURLINGTON ARCADE
Spend a luxury afternoon exploring Mayfair.
BEADLE TOUR OF BURLINGTON ARCADE:
Have you ever visited Burlington Arcade in London? This is such an iconic landmark in the heart of Piccadilly it would be hard to miss! I must have walked through hundreds of time and never noticed the smartly dressed Beadles.
Situated a stone’s throw away from the Royal Academy it is easy to find. I would recommend a tour with a Beadle, we found it to be so interesting and informative! Just telephone the number below and arrange an appointment for a free tour. Tel. +44 (0)207 493 1764
PHOTO: My Burlington Arcade Beadle tour with Kevin
Burlington Arcade is a beautiful place to visit, calm and serene away from the hubub of Piccadilly. Choc full of the most fabulous stores such as N.Peal Cashmere, Eres, Chanel perfume, Penhaligon’s and luscious jewellery stores. A lot of my favourite stores are here. I really want a Tiara now! I think it befits my Diva image.
Anyway, the history is fascinating. The Beautiful Arcade was built in 1819 by Lord George Cavendish as the first shopping Mall in England in the style of the famous continental Arcades. George lived in Burlington House (now the Royal Academy) which is nearby and the arcade was designed to protect his privacy from the local riff raff. They would throw Oyster shells into his garden and he couldn’t be having that now, could he!
Burlington Arcade was designed “for the gratification of the public and to give employment to industrious females”. It certainly fulfils the brief, right up to the present day.
PHOTO: Entrance to Burlington Arcade
The Beadles, were originally recruited by Lord Cavendish from The Royal Hussars which was his own regiment. They have continued to protect the Arcade right up until the present day. You will spot them patrolling the arcade wearing their distinctive uniform with purple waistcoat and gold brocade. Say ‘hello’, they are very friendly and helpful even if you are not taking a tour.
BURLINGTON ARCADE SHOPS:
A perfect place to windows shop, every store has something interesting to see.
PHOTO: Fascinating finds in the shop windows
Look at my photo above and you will see a bracelet for sale once owned by Shirley Temple, Victoria Cross medal and an Omega watch as worn by the astronauts travelling to the moon.
Then I stopped by Francois Malle to enjoy a perfume profile. You can do this too, just make an appointment, telephone number below. Discover the perfect perfume for you by sampling a selection. A real treat, my favourite was called ‘Portrait of a Lady’. First of all, choose your perfume ‘type’, floral or spicy, amber base or do you like cucumber.
PHOTO: Frederic Malle shop in Burlington Arcade
A calm oasis of perfume awaits at Frederic Malle with the portraits of the iconic perfumers who created Frederic Malle scents adorning the walls. http://www.fredericmalle.com
N. PEALE CASHMERE:
A quick stop off at N Peale rounded off my trip to Burlington Arcade. Time to try on some Cashmere pieces and learn more about the store. I have many N. Peal Cashmere sweaters in my wardrobe but had not idea that they were completely manufactured in Mongolia!
PHOTO: N. Peal Cashmere
My taste in Cashmere is shared by James Bond 007, who wore some sweaters in the last film. I always knew he had good taste! I also learnt that I can send my older sweaters back to be repaired for a nominal fee. Did you know that?
Mayfair is full of British Heritage and British manufactured goods, and I am so happy to see traditional skills thriving. A visit to pickett just around the corner from Burlington Arcade was a delight. Full of beautiful British made and designed leather goods.
PHOTO: Pickett shop, Burlington Gardens
Adorable little shop in Burlington Gardens. Don’t you love the Burgundy suede collection? Perfect for a Diva! http://www.pickett.co.uk
Time for lunch at The Punchbowl, Farm Street, London W1 http://www.punchbowllondon.com A new discovery and the subject of its very own blog it was so good. Link on my homepage