“Burlington Arcade (see image) is a covered shopping arcade in London, England, United Kingdom. It is 196 yards (179 m) long, parallel to and east of Bond Street from Piccadilly through to Burlington Gardens. It is one of the precursors of the mid-19th-century European shopping gallery and the modern shopping mall. It is near the similar Piccadilly Arcade.
The arcade was built in 1818 to the order of George Cavendish, 1st Earl of Burlington, younger brother of William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire, who had inherited the adjacent Burlington House, on what had been the side garden of the house and was reputedly to prevent passers-by throwing oyster shells and other rubbish over the wall of his home. It was designed by architect Samuel Ware. Burlington Arcade was built “for the sale of jewellery and fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the public”. However, it was also said to have been built so that the Lord’s wife could shop safely amongst other genteel ladies and gentleman away from the busy, dirty, and crime ridden open streets of London.
Burlington Arcade opened on 20 March 1819. From the outset, it positioned itself as an elegant and exclusive upmarket shopping venue, with shops offering luxury goods. It was one of London’s earliest covered shopping arcades and one of several arcades that were constructed in Western Europe in the early 19th century. Other examples of grand shopping arcades include:
Covered passages of Paris, Palais Royal in Paris (opened in 1784);
Passage de Feydeau in Paris (opened in 1791);
Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert in Brussels;
and The Passage in St. Petersburg, the Galleria Umberto I in Naples, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan (1878).”
From Swedish website Wodehouse Sallskapet, citing N.T.P. Murphy´s Three Wodehouse Walks:
“Go down Old Burlington Street. Turn right along the Burlington Gardens towards entrance to the Burlington Arcade. Inside the arcade after about 20 yards on the left side there is a showcase full of silverware, including kosnipor. We can imagine that Tom Travers visited the arcade on the lookout for various unique findings. This was once antique store that sold the kind kosnipor (cow creamers) Tom Travers gathered in. Aunt Dahlia gave Bertie Wooster mission to consult the store and try to buy a separate copy. Bertie’s task was to negotiate a low price by claiming that kosnipan was not genuine but a “contemporary Dutch work “(see Code of the Woosters page about 19-21).”