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Bow Street prison that once held Oscar Wilde and suffragettes, now a UK museum

The Bow Street Police Museum in Covent Garden opened to visitors for the first time on Friday, May 28, 2021.

May 28, 2021 / 03:51 PM IST
Bow Street Police Station in Covent Garden, central London, has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel and also houses the new Bow Street Police Museum.
(Photo: Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

Bow Street Police Station in Covent Garden, central London, has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel and also houses the new Bow Street Police Museum. (Photo: Niklas HALLE'N / AFP)

LondonUnited Kingdom | AFP: Old police cells, including a so-called drunk tank, have been restored as historical exhibits in London's newest museum, charting the advent and evolution of policing in the British capital.

The Bow Street Police Museum in Covent Garden, which opens to visitors for the first time on Friday, is housed inside one of London's first police stations, dating back nearly a century and a half.

Situated next to a former magistrates' court, most of the site has been converted into a luxury hotel but part of the original police station now showcases its extraordinary history.

Visitors can step inside renovated cells which once held murderers, suffragettes, dictators - and even the playwright Oscar Wilde.