Law and Order EC

The Tour

Whether on the streets or in the courts, the City has a unique relationship with the processes of law and order. This is a result of the individual character and circumstances of the City itself.

The City’s jurisdiction goes back to medieval times and embodies its autonomy. It is the only city in Britain still to have its own police force. Also its judiciary powers reflect its position as a centre of trade at the heart of the British economy.

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa - Law and Order EC

Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa

1808 - Old Bailey Sessions Court - Law and Order EC

Old Bailey Sessions Court

The City’s prosperity has long been a target for resentment and anger. Consequently its police force has had to adapt to the threat of violence and unrest.

The judiciary powers of the Corporation of London are central to its governance. Its officers exercise jurisdiction within the City’s boundaries.

The City of London Police has faced unique challenges with flexibility and innovation. Its specialisms help the work of other forces elsewhere in the country and overseas.


The story of Law and Order in the City of London encompasses shootings and bombings, fraud and unrest. It is also about the struggle to retain autonomy.

Ultimately it is the story of a jurisdiction unique in this country.


Details – Law and Order EC

Please go to What’s On? to see whether this tour is currently on offer, and for booking details.

MEET: In front of the Magpie and Stump pub, Old Bailey EC4M 7EP (nearest stations St Paul’s underground and City Thameslink)
Duration: Two hours (approximately)
Finish: Devonshire Square, near Liverpool Street Station

If you have any questions about this walk, contact me

Pictures sourced from Wikimedia Commons

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