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​​Access through
Guildhall Library
London EC2V 7HH

Contact us

​020 7332 1868


For details call 020 7332 1868

Opening hours

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

The City of London Police Museum will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, 26 August


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

Free guided tours take place on the first Friday of each month. Places are limited so booking in advance is essential.

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:

  • 1, 15 and 29 June
  • 13 and 27 July
  • 10 and 31 August
  • 14 and 28 September
  • 12 and 26 October
  • 9 and 23 November
  • 7 and 21 December

Family tour

  • 1 August 2019
  • 1pm
  • Free, no need to book

Come to the City of London Police Museum next to Guildhall Library to have a specially designed interactive family tour of the museum, including listening to stories, playing games and dressing up. Suitable for families with children of all ages

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.

Volunteer at the City of London Police Museum

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of tour guide volunteers. Activities include:

  • Delivering guided tours
  • Delivering education workshops for schools, colleges and universities
  • Assisting with events
  • Welcoming visitors
  • Answering questions about the history of the police and the museum

By joining our friendly and dedicated team you can:

  • Learn more about the fascinating history of the City of London Police and the Square Mile
  • Welcome visitors and answer any questions they may have
  • Help visitors engage with the history of the City of London Police and the Force’s collections
  • Provide tours to members of the public, education and private groups
  • Receive training and guidance from experienced staff and existing volunteers

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 1869 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.