Bow Street Police Museum

Visit Bow Street Police Museum during May Half-Term and beyond to discover more about the history of law, (dis)order and criminal investigations in Covent Garden.

FREE Friday Walking Tours 

Join the team at the Bow Street Police Station on Friday 2nd June for a FREE 20-minute walking tour, offering a great introduction to Bow Street and the more in-depth Museum displays!  Discover how such a small, unremarkable thoroughfare in the heart of London’s theatreland became the centre of criminal justice reform.

Tour time: 11:00 and 14:00 on a first come, first served basis (up to 20 people)

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

Meeting place:  Museum’s main entrance on Martlett Court.

Family Activities

Solve the Case of the Missing Cake! All is not well at Madame Pâtissier’s 18th century cake shop – someone has stolen all her cakes!  Pick up clues, make observations and study the exhibits, and help Henry, the Bow Street Runner to find the thief!

Times: 11:30 and 14:30 each day (see website for more date details)

Duration: Approximately 20 minutes

This event is suitable for ages 5-12 years and normal museum admission prices apply. Many detectives would like to crack this case, so make sure to book and secure your spot!

Follow the Family Trail

The Bow Street Police Museum invites all budding young detectives to pick up a case file and discover the history of policing on Bow Street. Follow the clues, complete the puzzles, and investigate why Bow Street Police Station was one of the most famous in the world (suitable for all ages).

Talks at the Bow Street Police Museum
  • The Art of Murder, with Dr Clare Smith - 1st June
  • No Ordinary Day, with Matt Johnson and John Murray - 29th June
  • How to Get Away with Murder, with Naomi Ryan - 27th July