The Old Bailey

Event date | Mar 20, 2019

CHANGE OF DATE for Private Tour of The Central Criminal Court

Wednesday 20th March 2019, Lord Mayor’s entrance, Warwick Square, London EC4M 7EH (see map)

4pm – 6pm.  Conducted tour by one of the Sheriffs 5-6pm.  Only 30 places available

The Central Criminal Court of England, commonly known as the Old Bailey stands on the site of the medieval Newgate Gaol. Newgate existed since the twelfth century as a place of incarceration and execution where crowds 20,000-strong gathered to watch public executions.

Today, the Crown Court sitting at the Central Criminal Court deals with major criminal cases in Greater London, and in exceptional cases, from other parts of England and Wales.

All judges sitting at the Old Bailey are addressed as “My Lord” or “My Lady” , whether they are High Court Judges, Circuit Judges or Recorders.  During the tour we will see the Grand Hall decorated with busts and statues chiefly of British monarchs, but also of legal figures.

We will also visit the most famous Court Room in the world, the iconic Court 1 (provided that it is not in use at the time).

We will hear about the many high profile trials that have taken place in Court 1, including William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw), Myra Hindley, the Kray Twins, the  Yorkshire Ripper, and Jeremy Thorpe, who arrived in Court carrying a cushion because of the  unforgiving nature of the bench seats in Court 1.

Many members of the royal family have visited the Old Bailey in the past, and The Queen herself might have been a witness in the trial there of Princess Diana’s butler, Paul Burrell, who was acquitted of theft in 2002.

Tickets £17.50 (to include tea/coffee/biscuits) from the Box Office of the Cadogan Hall, 3 Sloane Terrace, London, SW1X 9DQ in person (Monday – Saturday 10am – 6pm
Sunday 12 noon – 6pm (performance days only), or by post with cheque payable to Cadogan Hall, or by phone 0207-730-4500 (booking not available online). A charge is made for card payments, so it is better to pay by cash or cheque.

This event is for Members of The Chelsea Society only, but members may bring guests.  Immediately after booking please send the name(s) of your guest(s) to  as admission will be for named persons only.

Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date. If anyone has booked tickets and cannot attend on the new date, please apply for a refund to

Click here for How to get to the central criminal court (2)

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