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​​Access via
Guildhall West Wing Entrance
Corner of Aldermanbury and Gresham Street 
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 9.30am-5pm
(alternate Saturdays only)

No closures currently planned.


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

Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Museum will be closed to the public until summer 2020, when the situation will be reviewed and, where possible, a specific date for reopening will be published. Further information and updates will be posted on this page as the situation progresses.

For those who have booked tours, please email the museum for information about cancellations and refunds.

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.

  • 3 January 2020
  • 7 February 2020
  • 6 March 2020
  • 3 April 2020

Book a free guided tour

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 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

Somebody call the Police! 20 February 11am - 4pm

Pop in to the museum to play and get your hands on police communciations devices from the Victorian times to modern day. You can even try making your own noise-maker to grab people's attention!

Science City, 14 March 11am - 4pm

Discover science across the City with a forensic investigation at the City of London Police Museum, creative chemistry at The Salters' Company, and cunning conservation at Guildhall Art Gallery to celebrate British Science Week. Read latest information on Guildhall Art Gallery's family webpage.


Crimes in the Victorian City, 20 March 2pm

Author and researcher Amanda Harvey Purse will discuss some of the crimes the City of London Police had to deal with before Jack the Ripper took all the Victorian limelight, such as the Cannon Street Murder and the Golden Lane Boiling. ​

Book Crimes in the Victorian City​

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.