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Indulgent shopping at Burlington Arcade

Located on Piccadilly, with an exit on Burlington Gardens, Burlington Arcade is one of London's most exclusive retail centres in the heart of swanky Mayfair. Built in the 19th century, it was one of the first shopping areas of its kind, and was designed as the ideal place for the newly wealthy middle-classes to spend their money. It's now home to many upmarket business selling a wide range of items, including designer watches and jewellery.

London's historic arts centre

A few paces along Piccadilly from Burlington Arcade lies the Royal Academy of Arts. Founded in 1768 by King George III,� it offers courses to aspiring artists but is perhaps most famous for its annual Summer Exhibition - the largest open event of its kind in the world. Regardless of training, anyone can submit works for inclusion - although being accepted isn't a foregone conclusion. It also houses various themed exhibitions throughout the rest of the year.

Ziggy played guitar...

Just around the corner off Regent Street lies Heddon Street, a cul-de- sac featuring mostly eateries. But once there visitors can spot a plaque marking the spot where David Bowie posed for the photograph that adorned the cover of his landmark 1972 album Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. � Looking for a cheap hotel Near Burlington Arcade? Try Travelodge London Central Covent Garden Hotel, Travelodge London Central Marylebone Hotel or Travelodge London Euston Hotel.