A police station in a lamppost

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Trafalgar Square Police Station?

Although it is police property and is sometimes acclaimed as the smallest police station in London it’s not actually true. It’s more of a lookout post. An officer would be stationed there during days of rallies or protests in the square and had a direct line to Scotland Yard to call for backup if it was needed. The lantern on the top has an urban myth all of it’s own. It was reputedly taken from Admiral Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. It is also said that the lantern would flash on and off if the officer required assistance.

By endean0

Hi, I'm Steve, a London tour guide and owner of A London Miscellany Tours, a guided walking tour company who specialise in small number tours of the greatest city in the world!

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