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Guildhall Library
London EC2V 7HH


For details call 020 7332 1868 (Guildhall Library)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm
Wednesday 9.30am-7.30pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
(alternate Saturdays only)

No closures currently planned.


Discover the story of crime and policing in the City of London

From the first police call box in London, via the history of the police uniform and Olympic glory, to the grisly stories of the City's criminal past (murders, robberies, assassinations and gun battles).

Gain a fascinating insight into the deeds of criminals and villains and explore the lives of the men and women who have guarded the City of London since 1839.

Free Guided Tours

Discover the 180-year history of the City of London Police on a free tour of the Museum. Free guided tours take place on the first Friday of each month.

  • 4 October (fully booked)
  • 1 November (fully booked)

If you would like to book a group visit, please email the Police Museum.

Saturday Opening

The City of London Police Museum is open from 10am - 4pm on alternate Saturdays:

  • 12 and 26 October
  • 9 and 23 November
  • 7 and 21 December
  • 4 and 18 January 2020
  • 1, 15 and 29 February
  • 14 and 28 March
  • 18 April
  • 2, 16 and 30 May
  • 13 and 27 June
  • 11 and 25 July
  • 8 and 22 August
  • 5 and 19 September
  • 3, 17 and 31 October
  • 14 and 28 November
  • 12 December

Family Fun

  • 12 October, 11am - 3pm
  • Free, no need to book

Be a police carpenter. PC George Bayliss made a model of Houndsditch and Exchange Buildings in 1910 to take to trial at the Old Bailey. Come along to do your own designing and building activities around the model. Don’t forget to visit Guildhall Art Gallery and Amphitheatre on the same day for more architectural fun.

  • 24 October, 11am - 4pm
  • Free, no need to book

Come to the police museum in half-term to play games, make police hats and handle objects from our collections.


The History of the City of London Police

  • 17 October (fully booked)

How did the IRA campaign change policing in the City and the rest of the world? Back by popular demand, Peter Clarke gives this talk based on his experience in the City of London Police from the 1970s to 1990s.

Finding Fred: the Story of the City of London’s Blitz Photographer

  • 29 November (fully booked)
  • Please note that this is a repeat of a talk first given on 8 March 2018

The Cross and Tibbs Collection provides a unique photographic record of WWII bomb damage inflicted on the City. This talk by Rebecca Walker looks at the life and times of one of the collection’s photographers – Frederick Tibbs, a City of London Police Officer – and of the City he patrolled from the Roaring Twenties through to World War II.

School Groups

We run the following workshop for visiting educational groups at a cost of £120 per class:

Key Stage 4: Policing from 1000 (1.5 hrs)
Tied in to the Edexcel GCSE topic, crime and policing from 1000 to the present, students will handle museum objects and get a guided tour of the museum to explore how policing has changed over the centuries.

The Culture Mile School Visits Fund is available to London schools with at least 35% of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and to non-school educational organisations that work with school-age children (special schools do not need to meet the Pupil Premium requirement). Funding is available for visits taking place before the end of March 2020 and can be used towards any reasonable costs that are necessary to enable the visit to take place, e.g. admission or session fees, transport or staff cover.

To find out more please email the Police Museum. If you do not have access to a computer please get in touch at 020 7322 1100 for more information.

About the City of London Police

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839.

City of London Police old photo

The City of London, the financial centre of the UK, may only be 'One Square Mile' but it has its own police force, separate from the Metropolitan Police.

The City Police, as well as safeguarding the Square Mile and its 9,000 residents, 320,000 workers and the many visitors that come each year to see landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge, specialises in economic crime.