© Rob Greig
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Nov 30 1999
Smaller than Burlington but with just as impressive a lineage, this arcade is well worth a visit. Squeezed into the cusp of the arcade is the beautiful mirrored space of Santa Maria Novella. Established by Dominican monks in Florence in 1612, this perfumery is sacred in perfume circles and new to the arcade last year.
Try ‘Opoponax’ which was created as a preventative from witchcraft! Further reverence is required in Iconastas, the hallowed home to Russian fine art and antiques, specialising in orthodox icons. For militaria and royal memorabilia stop off at the Armoury of St James where you will find model soldiers, orders of chivalry and antiques.
We spotted a signed royal wedding photograph too. Gents, if wedding season is upon you then why not swagger through the nuptial proceedings in one of Favourbrook’s sumptuous waistcoats and bow ties.
It’s worth checking out the shoes in Jeffrey West who, with their skull-bedecked shop and gothic influences, are something of a renegade presence in the otherwise austere arcade. Shop for shirts at Budd, Beson & Clegg and Neal & Palmer.
Piccadilly Arcade Piccadilly