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London Postal Museum

London Postal Museum

The London Postal Museum | Plus, A Secret Railway

The London Postal Museum.

It delivers.

We know, because we took a tour before it before it opened to the public. Truly, it was a red letter day.

The whole experience is divided up into two main areas: the museum itself, and the Mail Rail. And our own article starts with,

THE MAIL RAIL

London Postal Museum

A secret subterranean world that has literally been under the radar for a century, this railway network used to work for up to 22 hours a day to deliver post around the capital. And now, for the first time ever, it’s taking passengers from the public. The space itself has been kept as close to its original state as possible – the walls are deliberately unpainted, the floors unwashed. Throw a couple of low-hung lightbulbs in there, and you’ve got yourself a hipster restaurant. And it all gives you the impression that you’re very much in the history of the place. And you get to ride one of the original trains, too.

London Postal Museum

Your trusty steed

They’re small (if you’re over 6ft, prepare to yearn for the plush expansiveness of a plane seat), but the dinkiness almost gives a sense of added value – we’ve all been on the tube, after all.

London Postal Museum

The full tour lasts for around 10 minutes, during which time you’ll hear an audio reel from one of the engineers who worked on the rail, as well as pulling into a couple of stations complete with cinema-like projections on the walls.

London Postal Museum

After you return, there’s a Mail Rail gallery in a adjacent tunnel, complete with games, interactive exhibits, and the like.

London Postal Museum

Pictured: an interactive exhibit

Then of course, let’s not forget,

THE MUSEUM

London Postal Museum

Filled with postal memorabilia, the exhibition space takes a chronological stroll through the history of Her Majesty’s not-so-secret service.

London Postal Museum

There are relics including postal carriages, the world’s first post box, and the only sheet of Penny Black stamps in existence.

London Postal Museum

Then there are more modern items, including the original plaster cast of Elizabeth II’s profile, which – according to their estimates – has been reproduced 22 billion times, making it the most reproduced piece of art in history.

That’s quite a lot of prince.

 

NOTEThe London Postal Museum is now open – you can find out more on their website HERE.

The London Postal Museum | Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DA


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London Postal Museum


Phoenix Place, Clerkenwell, North London, WC1X 0DA

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