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About the Bow Street Police Museum

A modest sized museum housed inside the former Bow Street police station.

It tells the story of policing in London, the Bow Street Runners, and of the many famous people who either spent a night in the police station, or were sent for trial at the next-door magistrate's court.

It also includes the former holding cells, which are now exhibition spaces telling more of the history, and the "tank", a large cell used for holding drunks overnight.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Bow Street Police Museum,
Martlett Court,
Off Bow Street,
London,
WC2E 7AW

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Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Bow Street Police Museum

The nearest station is Covent Garden which is 0.1 miles away.


Bow Street Police Museum - Latest News

London’s Alleys: Martlett Court, WC2
London’s Alleys: Martlett Court, WC2

This is a pleasingly wide alley straddling commercial and residential in Covent Garden, but was once in a different place and much less visible.

London’s newest museum opens its cells – the Bow Street Police Museum
London’s newest museum opens its cells – the Bow Street Police Museum

London has gained a new museum, and it tells the story of the Bow Street Police — probably the most famous police station in the city.

Bow Street prison cells to become London’s newest museum
Bow Street prison cells to become London’s newest museum

In 1881, a police station and courthouse opened in Covent Garden, and in 2021, it will reopen as a museum of policing history.

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