Shopping Arcades List

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This 1847 beauty with its high glass ceiling and iron framed windows is buzzing today with a wonderful mix of old traders (the Neuhaus chocolate shop dating from 1857, with the original N in its stained glass windows; the Italian glove shop from 1890; the Brussels lace shop), and the more modern arty shops, with…

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Running from Piccadilly to Jermyn Street, Piccadilly Arcade is home to a beautiful set of individual shops, mostly very high-end, and the majority catering for stylish menswear. It is rather appropriate, therefore, that at the Jermyn St end of the arcade, there is a sculpture of the original leader of (upper-class) men’s fashion, Beau Brummel….

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The Passage du Grand Cerf is said to have the tallest ceiling of all Paris’s arcades. It’s only partially glass, though, with classic designs in the moulding of the stone sections. On the way in to the arcade is a stag’s head, displayed like a hunting trophy, no doubt placed there because of the arcade’s…

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Reading’s Harris Arcade could be an Art Deco gem.  Built in the late 1920s, the individual shop units still have lots of original features, with their glass fronts and wooden shop frames. But with over half the units lying empty in 2023, and very little footfall along its long walkway from Friar Street to Station…

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A 1905 visitor to Passage Jouffroy, writing in the Berwickshire News, described this passage in a way which could almost have fitted a 2023 visitor: “An arcade of small, tidy shops, with temptingly decked windows exhibiting all kinds of novelties in the shape of toys, fancy articles etc…” The Musee Grevin is one of the…

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When the butcher and financier – Vero and Dodat – put up the funding for this arcade in the centre of Paris, it was known by the more humble title of ‘Passage Vero-Dodat,’ but these days it has taken on  the more glamorous ‘galerie’ name, to bring it into line with its neighbours Vivienne and…

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The Galerie Vivienne is probably the most spectacular, eye-catching of the Paris arcades. Whether you look up, down or around, there are stylish delights to feast the eyes, from the tiled mosaic flooring, done by Italians Mazzioli and Facchina, to the classic figures in the coving and ceilings above; with its splendid glass dome, bringing…

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The arcades in Inverness have always been under the same roof as the city’s covered market. In the arcade sections, the ceiling and iron framework have retained their original look (though the original building was completely destroyed by fire in 1889 so although the first arcade dates from 1860, these buildings were opened in 1890…

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The highlights of Makinson Arcade in Wigan are the two entrances, with the name in beautiful Art Nouveau script, and the stained glass windows. But also, don’t miss down at the bottom end of the arcade, towards Market Street, there is the original tiled entrance of Makinson’s Teas and Coffees, the shop from which the…

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Before it opened in 1881, the Belfast Newsletter said Queen’s Arcade would become ‘one of the leading thoroughfares of the town’. And it still is today, running from Donegall Place to Fountain Street in the centre of Belfast’s shopping district, meaning a steady flow of shoppers and pedestrians walking through. There were originally 27 shops,…

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When the Strand Arcade opened in November 1882, the Derbyshire Advertiser thought it could help the city emulate the likes of London or the ‘cities of the Continent.’ The arcade runs in a pleasantly-shaped curve from the equally-attractive terrace of buildings called The Strand to the Sadlergate, which itself has a range of interesting independent…

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Westminster Arcade in Harrogate dates from 1898, though it was initially called the Royal Arcade. It might have been conceived in a similar time to many other arcades in the UK, but it was unusual in being built up over several floors, with fairly large shop units, rather than the more common passageway with connecting…

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Hull once had at least six arcades, but of the two which survive, Paragon Arcade in the centre of the city pre-dates the old town’s Hepworth Arcade by two years, opening its doors in 1892. It runs in a straight line for about 80m, connecting Paragon Street and Carr Lane. Its name is carved into…

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When Southport’s Wayfarers Arcade was fully occupied with active businesses, the band was playing three times a day under the glass cupola roof, and the arcade was the place to be out in your finest outfit, promenading, it must have been a spectacularly beautiful place to see. Even today, with barely a dozen of the…

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This arcade in Accrington was originally part of the local Post Office. Built in 1896, it was for some years called the Post Office Arcade. Furniture now fills what was once the Post Office at the Church Street end. The arcade has beautiful original shop fronts, with lead light windows, green and bronze tiling on…

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The Arcade in Newark opened in 1897, with ten shops available for rent. At the time, it would have been a main walk through to the Market Place, and even today is still part of the overall pedestrianised centre of Newark. There are still beautiful curved glass shop windows and an attractive glass ceiling to…

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Hepworth Arcade is next door to the covered market in the Old Town of Hull. There’s colourful, decorative ironwork above both main entrances to the arcade, with a high glass ceiling, pleasingly curved, taking the gaze upwards, and attractively painted mouldings above the shops running along the arcade’s two lengths. The name of the arcade…

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Preston’s Miller Arcade is almost cathedral-like in its magnificent high ceilings and walkways that cross like a transept and nave. The tiled entrance to the former Crown Hotel is still visible, as is the ornate lettering over the old way in to the Turkish Baths, also now long gone. Mr Miller, the local dentist who…

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The Royal Arcade in Norwich is beautifully designed, with lots of original features still visible today. From the frontage, with its ornate script welcoming the visitor over the entrance, up to the smiling face up in the gables high above; there are peacock designs in the decorations above each shop and art nouveau paintings high…

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