Can You find the Smallest Police Station in London?
Would you like to find something interesting during your trip to the capital? Why not try and track down the smallest police station in London. The tiny dome shaped structure is located in the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square. It holds the world record as the smallest police station, being big enough to hold only two prisoners.
How It Came to Be…
First constructed in 1926 by the Metropolitan Police, the police station was used to keep a watchful eye on the city’s demonstrators. It originally started life as a temporary police box just outside of Trafalgar Square tube station. When the time came to renovate the box and make it a more permanent structure, this was met with public objection. So the idea was scrapped and instead a more secretive police box came to be…inside of an ornamental light fitting.
The concrete base was hollowed out and narrow windows were installed to give a vista across Trafalgar Square, a popular protester site. A police officer could sit inside and have a direct phone link back to Scotland Yard to call for reinforcements in times of trouble. Legend has it that when a police officer picked up the phone, the ornamental light fitting on top of the box started to flash, alerting nearby officers that trouble was brewing.
Today the smallest police station in London serves as a less dignified outpost, being used as a broom cupboard for Westminster councils cleaners!
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