Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square, Sunday Photo

A little piece of secret history in London


Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square tucked in a pillar with a light on top. You will of walked passed it numerous times but may not of noticed. People rush to have their photo taken among the lions or sit round the fountains but rarely notice this interesting piece of history.


Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square



Opened in 1926 to control crowds and political protests in the square it was just big enough to house a burly police officer. It had a telephone line straight to charing cross police station to call for back up.



Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square


It was soon closed due to it not being that helpful, the light on top would also flash when help was needed. Let’s face it you would be a sitting duck hidden inside if the whole of trafalger square kicked off!

It wasn’t to last long and is now used as a cleaner’s cupboard for Westminster council. Thank you for reading my little piece of London history you can read more here.

D x

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Britains Smallest Police Station Trafalgar Square





  1. May 14, 2017 / 12:58 am

    It is super cute!
    Though you are right..imagine just one police officer when something happens!

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:37 am

      I know scary thought!

  2. May 14, 2017 / 6:14 am

    Hi Donna, what a fascinating piece of history. I would not have liked to have been the lone policeman on duty there. And it does make rather nice looking cleaners cupboard!


    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:37 am

      London can be so interesting. Thank you for sharing x

  3. May 14, 2017 / 6:56 am

    I’ev walked past that “cupbvoard” so many times and never realised that was it’s history. I’ve learned somehting and I’ll tell the kids all about it next time we’re in Trafalgar Square. #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Thank you, I love these bits of London

  4. May 14, 2017 / 7:37 am

    I can see how you would miss it but what a great piece of history! Thank you for sharing 🌟 #mysundayphoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:35 am

      I know!, Thanks for visiting.

  5. May 14, 2017 / 7:49 am

    Ah that is so sweet, and how interesting. there are so many quirky things to know about London x

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:34 am

      we never did get to see it did we? lol

  6. May 14, 2017 / 8:11 am

    How fascinating is that! We’ve been to Trafalgar Square many times before but never noticed it! #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:33 am

      I know so did I! x

  7. May 14, 2017 / 8:28 am

    There’s so many unique and hidden things in London, you always find something new

    Thank you for linking up

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Thats true,thats why I love london.

  8. May 14, 2017 / 8:35 am

    That is SO amazing, I had no idea!!! Love London so much Xx #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Crazy whats there that you dont know isn’t it? x

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 10:31 am

      Haha no! x

  9. May 14, 2017 / 10:30 am

    How fascinating, I’ll be looking out for this if we visit Trafalgar Square from now on

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      you will spot it easy now you know!

  10. Tracey Abrahams
    May 14, 2017 / 11:16 am

    What an awesome little piece of history. I can see why it didnt work out though, a bit claustrophobic. #mysundayphoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Haha yes, must of seemed like good idea at the time!

  11. May 14, 2017 / 11:32 am

    What an amazing insight, I would never have known that, thanks for sharing! Would you mind if I linked to it, from a post I just wrote about London please? #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 5:06 pm

      Yes please, thank you x

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 4:42 pm

      Thank you and thank you for sharing x

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      Thank you

  12. May 14, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That’s so interesting. Next time I’m in London I’m going to look it out.

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 7:06 pm

      thank you for visiting x

  13. May 14, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    What an interesting post, I had no idea that was there (or the story behind it). #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 7:19 pm

      Thank you x

  14. May 14, 2017 / 7:18 pm

    Ahh! That is so interesting. I didn’t know it existed. How cute x

    • donswish
      May 14, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks, it was a while before I did x

  15. May 14, 2017 / 11:00 pm

    I didn’t know that. A treasure hidden in plain sight. How interesting. Must feel very unusual collected a broom or mop from it. #MySundayPhoto

    • donswish
      May 16, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      haha yes it must! x

  16. May 16, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I totally agree so many of us walk round with our eyes shut and do not notice the obvious. Lovely bit of interesting history, and like its modern day use. #mysundayphoto

    • donswish
      May 16, 2017 / 7:01 pm

      yes perfect place for a broom xx

  17. May 16, 2017 / 9:54 am

    I’ve walked past this many times and never really noticed it before. So interesting to read about the history. Next time I’m in Trafalgar Square I will have to look out for it 🙂

    • donswish
      May 16, 2017 / 7:00 pm

      its amazing what you can walk past x

  18. Alex Brown
    May 26, 2017 / 10:11 am

    Officers from the local police station were a given key to this box. The telephone line would not have gone to Charing Cross Police Station; it was a hospital when this was being used CX opened in ’92). It may have gone to Canon Row (which is the new New Scotland Yard, or the original Canon Row, which was off Bridge Street, near the original Scotland Yard, before New Scotland Yard was opened in Victoria Street. (is that clear?)
    It fits two people…long story

    • May 26, 2017 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you Alex, I did try and find the information online but there were a few posts.I originally read it was Cannon row thanks for the info I will change it x

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