Forget your local shopping mall, we’re taking a trip around London’s luxury retail arcades. From the foodie, fashion and cultural hub of the retail world to the retail landscape guarded by the smallest and oldest police force in the country, here are London’s top six luxury retail arcades.
If you’re on the search for a new vintage watch to add to your ever-growing collection, head to Burlington Arcade, Mayfair’s original luxury retail landscape, and explore the world’s largest pre-owned collection of Rolex watches.
Set between Burlington Gardens and the bustling Piccadilly, Burlington Arcade is one of London’s leading retail spots, famed for its tail-coated Beadles and luxury retailers.
Make your way through the passageways and stop off at the incredible jewellery traders, including our favourites Susannah Lovis Jewellers , Azza Fahmy and Annouska. It’s not all just jewellery; Burlington Arcade is also home to some of the world’s leading luxury and lifestyle brands too, from N.Peal to Penhaligons, Crockett & Jones to Strathberry.
Refresh at Noxy Bro’s, the arcade’s newly opened coffee specialists, serving up their own special blend of coffee created from Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia and Guatemala. A stop off for your weekend macarons from Ladurée is a must too.
Officially opened by HRH Queen Elizabeth I in 1571, The Royal Exchange is home to a unique collection of contemporary luxury brands, and provides a perfect place to while away your time pursuing some of the city’s best boutiques and eateries.
Expect to find some of the finest luxury fashion boutiques too, from Aspinal of London to Hermès.
For the foodies, you’ll want to head to Fortnum & Mason for a truly British affair, sampling some of their famous tea blends and delighting in their exceptional afternoon tea offering. Cutter & Squidge, Laduree and Rococo Chocolates are all on hand to help you satisfy your sweet tooth cravings and to fill your pantry with delightful sweet treats too.
It’s also home to a hub of cultural activity; from Castle Fine Art’s print and art retailer to their seasonal changing artistic installations, helping to shine a light on rising artists and creatives.
Royal Exchange, Cornhill EC3V 3LR
Running between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, Piccadilly Arcade boasts a plethora of high end retailers, ranging from skincare brands to leather goods, jewellery to art galleries.
Wander through the corridors and browse the traders; stop off to the perfect antique jewelled piece for your mum at Piccadilly Vaults or stock up on your favourite Aesop products. Refuel with one of Paul’s signature baguettes – you won’t regret it.
And they’ve even got an Alice in Wonderland inspired interactive map on their site, guiding you through their plethora of luxury retailers.
For a truly royal excursion, head to The Royal Arcade, the city’s oldest purpose-built shopping arcade.
Slotted alongside the royal red and white pillared ceiling and grand entrance, the arcade boasts a mix of world renowned brands and unique independent stores for everyone to explore and browse.
Stores include; jewellers Beards, rare and vintage wristwatch traders The Watch Club, 20th century ceramists Erskine, Hall & Coe, and world renowned chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker.
28 Bond Street, Mayfair W1S 4DR
Another arcade locked in the heart of St. James’s is Princes Arcade, boasting several fashion and lifestyle collections under one roof.
Wander on through and window-shop until your heart’s content, stopping off at Italian menswear brand, Luca Faloni, or stock up on your wellness essentials from Anatome. Make a note to stop off at Prestat and their new cafe for the best chocolate truffles in London.
Make a note to stop off at Prestat and their new cafe for the best chocolate truffles in London.
196 Piccadilly, St. James’s W1J 9DY
The Grade II listed arcade, Quadrant Arcade, can be found on Regent Street and have been transformed into a chic, modern luxury retail landscape boasting some of the finest stores in London.
After you’ve spent your afternoon stopping off at their boutiques or window shopped, you’re going to want to make sure you snap endless pics ready to fill your Insta grid. Just wait and see those double taps adding in.
Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5RH