Explore The Royal Opera Arcade – London’s Oldest Shopping Arcade


There are many sights and historical spectacles to view all over London, but the Royal Opera Arcade should be at the top of your list. It’s London’s oldest shopping arcade and brimming with history and shopping opportunities alike.

The Royal Opera Arcade was designed by the famous architect John Nash, who also designed Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and The Brighton Pavilion. The Arcade is home to an eclectic range of shops, lined up along a sheltered twelve foot walk.

The arcade is in a convenient location and close to a good selection of tube stations; only three minutes walk away from Piccadilly Tube Station, and 5-10 minutes walk away is Embankment, Leicester Square, Charing Cross and Green Park Tube Stations, so there are plenty of travel options. If you are staying in the the Grand Royale Hyde Park Hotel or one of the other hotels in Bayswater, the arcade is only a short ride on the underground away.

The Royal Opera Arcade hosts a fascinating range of shops, such as, D. Barret, a shop specialising in ethnographic artefacts, Synergy, specialising in herbal remedies and Pall Mall Stationers, which retails high quality stationary. If you would really like to indulge in some luxury, have a look in Kohinoor Diamonds, selling beautiful, conflict free diamonds. They offer a bespoke, tailor made service, and are happy to work with a customer one on one to provide them with exactly what they want. Explore culture amongst the history, at La Galleria and ROA Gallery Pall Mall, considered to be one of London’s most prestigious contemporary art galleries, it can be hired out for fabulous exhibitions. You can also visit the Stephen Wiltshire Gallery, exhibiting the talented artists work, including paintings of detailed cityscapes. Enjoy a range of fine wines and spirits at Pall Mall Fine Wines, selling a variety of wines, including a selection of lesser-known wines. Not only is a trip to the Royal Opera Arcade worth it for the shopping, it is a step back in time to the days of yore.