Mr Monkey scurried up Albemarle Street and had a look at the front of Brown's Hotel. This was originally founded on Dover Street by Lord Byron's butler, but later expanded into Albemarle Street. Agatha Christie used it as the basis for a criminal headquarters in her 1965 Miss Marple mystery, At Bertram's Hotel. Mr Monkey had a quick look into the Royal Arcade, which was built in 1879 to make it easier for the guests of Brown's Hotel to get to Bond Street. It was called the Arcade at first, until Queen Victoria bought her riding skirts from one of the shops there.
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