The arcade was lovely, well kept and the shops were fun to look at, but they were somewhat posh so looking was all I did.
One of the delights of exploring Mayfair is cutting from one street to another through the various arcades - the earliest shopping centres - with their variety of small specialist shops set within fine 19th century architecture. The Royal Arcade, completed in 1880 to designs by architects Archer & Green, connects Old Bond Street and Albermarle Street with around a dozen specialist retailers including designer Paul Smith, perfumery Ormonde Jayne, antique specialist Simon Griffin and the master chocolatier Charbonnel Et Walker, - fascinating to explore while you enjoy the architecture …
I love these old shopping arcades of the Victorian era ( especially the passage of Paris). London has a few and the Royal Arcade although small is very elegant.
Another beautiful old shopping arcade, a little smaller & starts with a famous shop for chocolate. Be careful of some tourist trap shops though.
This famous arcade is near the Piccadilly end of London’s famous luxury shopping street, Bond Street. The exterior and the interior decor are still as elegant as ever, but the arcade seems to be struggling with several empty units. It lacks the style of its nearby rivals, Burlington and Piccadilly Arcades. Almost the only reason to go there is for the wonderful chocolate shop, Charbonnel et Walker at the Bond Street entrance. Sad seeing it like this.…