The Arcade

In 1905 The Bedfordshire Mercury described The Arcade as "a Crystal Palace". The architects were Usher and Anthony and the builder was George Haynes. The newspaper went on to report that the High Street entrance was fixed with a Bostwick collapsible gate with The Arcade being closed at 8.00pm on weekdays and 10.00pm on Saturdays with a caretaker in livery being in attendance for the opening, closing and cleaning of the Arcade.

Today the Arcade has retained much of its character and is still a beautiful place full of light, offering a unique shoping experience away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. In its calm surroundings it boasts a wide selection of independent shops, selling designer fashion labels, bespoke jewellery chic home furnishings, fresh flowers and balloons, and healthy organic food and supplements.

Find out more here:

Arcadia Sweet Shop 

11 The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 01234 352322Sweet store

Arcadia Sweetshop in Bedford has been delighting customers, young and old, since 1905 and we are still going strong today thanks to our many loyal customers who enjoy our range of quality confectionery served in a traditional manner with a smile.


AD Beauty

10a The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 07933679730

beauty store

Manicure, Pedicure, Eyelash tinting, Natural Brow Henna, Waxing, Massage and Men Treatments.


13 The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 07900804417

Clothes store

We're an independent fashion store in the heart of Bedford, one of the UK's top spots for independent shops.


Apollosec Ltd

10b The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 0800 7720132

security company

Apollosec Ltd Are a local security company providing the following services: Alarm and cctv installers, Key holding, Alarm Response, Door Supervision and Security Guarding.



5 The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 07771 995545

Flower on table

ArloArts specialize in the creation of beautiful paper floral arrangements and gifts which are perfect for weddings, events and your home.​


Boutique Planet

8 The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel. 01234 215336

Clothes shop

Boutique Planet offers premium, high quality ladies clothing, footwear and accessories.  You will find well known and trusted brands such as White Stuff  and Superdry  alongside bespoke one-off pieces, perfect for that special occasion.  The products on offer coupled with the exceptional customer service provided in-store ensure that Boutique Planet offers a truly unique shopping experience.



19 The Arcade, Bedford, MK40 1NS     Tel.  01234 330200

Gift shop window

Charisma is an exquisite and charming shop with a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Stocking a unique selection of gifts including hand made aromatherapy bath products, East of India gifts, silver and costume jewellery and vintage style gifts for all occasions.

Donne and Browning Opticians

3-4 Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS     Tel. 01234 349 933 

Opticians in Bedford

Gallone's Ice Cream Parlour

1 & 2 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS     Tel. 07804 655021

Ice Cream Parlour

Delicious Italian icecream in a huge variety of flavours.


Kean & Co

8 & 9 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS

Clothes shop

Designer men's and womenswear fashion.


Leonard Hairdressers

3 The Arcade, Bedford     Tel. 01234 346610

Hair model

Traditional barbers established for 25 years. As well as gents hair they also offer traditional shaving as well as ladies hairdressing. On offer is a range of Italian toiletries including Pino Silvestre and Aqua di Selva.


Macmillan Hairdressing

10 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS    Tel. 01234 353009

Hair dressing

Hairdressing and beauty salon providing all aspects of cutting, colouring and perming and all aspects of beauty.


Magic Garden

2 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS

Bedford Florist

An inspiring florist offering designs to suit all budgets and a variety of indoor and outdoor plants for your home and office.

Marvellous Minds Tuition

12-13 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS 01234 480949 


Marvellous Minds Tuition

Offering tuition in English, Maths and Science for 5-16 year olds.​

Mejan Screen Refurbish

5 The Arcade, Bedford, Tel. 07424661911

For the last 12 years, we have been providing high quality mobile phone repairs, smartphone repairs, iPad and tablet repairs for private individuals and corporate customers throughout the UK.


Monty the Cat

18 The Arcade, Bedford, Tel. 01234 364273

Gemstones and gifts

Using only the finest components ~ gemstones, freshwater pearls, cut glass crystals and precious metals ~ Monty the Cat creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces of jewellery.​


Pumpernickel Health Shop

7 The Arcade, Bedford, Tel. 01234 348179

Health food store

Offering health foods, vitamins, minerals, organic foods, gluten/dairy/wheat free products, aromatherapy pots, eco-friendly toiletries, chemical free cosmetics/hair dyes. They also provide nutritional advice on: arthritis/joint problems, reducing cholesterol, women’s health, men’s health, weight loss, immune health.


Seven Magpies Tattoos

7 The Arcade, Bedford, Tel. 01234 348179

Tattoo shop

Custom tattooing, specialising in realism, both colour and black and grey. Also fine art prints and custom clothing.


Seventh Heaven

17 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS     Tel. 01234 589013

Patisserie and Cakes

Patisserie and bespoke wedding cakes. Drop in for a cake and a coffee, or even a glass of Champagne!


Slide Record Shop

9 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS     Tel. 01234 261603

Record Shop

An independent record shop that champions great independent music across many genres. As well as new releases, they also have a carefully curated selection of second-hand records.

The Beautique

6 The Arcade, Bedford MK40 1NS     Tel. 07715 663212

Beauty Salon

Located in the heart of Bedford town centre, The Beautique is a Beauty Salon offering a wide range of treatments, from Dermalogica skin treatments to massage, waxing and more. The tranquil boutique styling of the salon allows for ultimate relaxation, helping to escape from the stress of everyday life. Previously operating as Beauty by Kelly, Senior Therapist Kelly Sullivan is now pleased to welcome you to a dedicated new beauty salon and with over 7 years experience is ready to help you achieve all your beauty needs.


4 The Arcade, Bedford     Tel. 01234 270022

Sanwich bar

Delicatessen and sandwich bar, serving delicious filled rolls, jacket potatoes and salads. Buffet service and trolley rounds are also available.



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