mobile nav


Royal Opera Arcade Royal Opera Arcade

Plaque: Royal Opera Arcade


Royal Opera Arcade
You are now entering London's first arcade which was completed in 1821. The Royal Opera Arcade was designed by John Nash and is considered to be one of his finest works.
The arcade has a fascinating history, having survived a fire, dereliction and the Blitz.
In 1948, the Government of New Zealand leased the site comprising the bombed rubble of the Carlton Hotel, Her Majesty's Theatre and the Royal Opera Arcade. New Zealand House, built on the site of the Carlton Hotel, was opened in 1963.
Although the entrances leading into the theatre from the arcade have long gone, the shops with their bow-fronted windows are still used as Nash intended.

The "plaque" is actually a very dull modern notice inside the arcade so for our close-up picture we've focussed on the classical entrance arch instead.

Site: Royal Opera Arcade (1 memorial)

SW1, Pall Mall

Go to map of other memorials in this area

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Royal Opera Arcade

Information Subjects commemorated


Carlton Hotel, Haymarket

Designed by C. J. Phipps. The picture is taken from Cockspur Street. Compare ...

Read More


Her Majesty's Theatre

In 1705 Vanbrugh completed the Queen's Theatre, named in honour of Queen Anne...

Read More


Royal Opera Arcade

Designed by John Nash, completed in 1816-18, considered to be London's oldest...

Read More


The Blitz

During WW2 Britain came under heavy bombing from Germany for 8 months, 1940-1...

Read More


John Nash

Born in London. Notable works: Regent Street, Royal Opera Arcade and the Roya...

Read More