Burlington Arcade

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Burlington Arcade

 
Burling­ton Arcade is a high-class shop­ping arcade con­nect­ing Pic­cadil­ly with Burling­ton Gar­dens. It was the cre­ation, in 1819, of Lord George Cavendish (1754–1834) of Burling­ton House (now the home of the Roy­al Acad­e­my). It is said that he con­ceived the inno­v­a­tive cov­ered for­mat out of a desire to pre­vent Regency row­dies from throw­ing oys­ter shells into his gar­den. Cavendish recruit­ed bea­dles, frock-coat­ed guards wear­ing gold braid­ed top hats, from his fam­i­ly reg­i­ment the 10th Hus­sars to enforce a strict code of behav­iour that includ­ed no whistling, singing, play­ing of musi­cal instru­ments, run­ning, car­ry­ing of large parcels or open­ing of umbrel­las and no babies’ prams. Bea­dles still patrol the arcade today.
 
Burlington Arcade