Bow Street Police Museum

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Bow Street Police Museum

What you'll do

True crime enthusiasts step right up and learn all about London’s first official law enforcement service, the Bow Street Runners.

Visit Bow Street Police Museum with The London Pass®

  • Discover the history of Bow Street Station and the Metropolitan Police. 
  • Get 10% off all gift shop items with your pass.

With former cells acting as galleries and exhibits displaying information about infamous police run-ins and cases, Bow Street Police Museum brings to life this truly fascinating part of London's history.

The museum is located in the building where the city's first Magistrates Court was established in the 18th century. Through its exhibitions and collection, you'll gain an understanding of the history and development of policing and the administration of criminal justice in London. 

Starting with the inception of the Bow Street Runners, London's first official law enforcement service, you'll journey through the history of the force. From run-ins with the infamous Kray Twins, to action against the suffragettes, you'll see how policing has evolved over the years and gain an understanding of the important part the force has played in the city's history.

Visitors can hear tales from those who once worked at the station and look at artefacts which showcase fascinating investigations, famous arrests and justice being served.

Know before you go

Getting in: show your pass at the reception desk at the entrance. 

Please note: as this is a small museum, you may be asked to wait during busy times, in order to ease congestion and give you and others the best possible experience.

For more information, visit Bow Street Police Museum's website

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Friday-Sunday: 11AM-4.30PM (last entry 4PM)

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