Postman’s Park: London’s Top Hidden Gem!
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Nestled behind St. Paul’s Cathedral, this hidden gem is often overlooked by locals and tourists.
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It isn’t just a spot for a Pret lunch. It’s also home to a touching memorial to self-sacrifice.
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It opened in 1880, just north of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
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And in 1990, the Park became the location for George Frederic Watts’s Memorial to heroic acts.
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A memorial for ordinary people who died while saving the lives of others,so they’re never forgotten.
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Today, it contains around 54 plaques - each dedicated to an ordinary person for extraordinary acts.
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In 1829, the General Post Office had moved into a building on nearby St Martin Le Grand and...
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...whilst work on the new post office was underway, the old one went through massive expansion.
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The new park quickly became a popular leisure time resort for post office workers, hence the name.
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You might also remember the Park from the 2009 hit film, Closer.
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This is where Natalie Portman adopts a pseudonym from one of the plaques, named Alice Ayers.
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The infamous scene instantly made the Park an overnight success,& it saw a surge in visitor numbers.
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“Alice Ayers: daughters of a bricklayer’s labourer, who by intrepid conduct, saved three children...
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...from a burning house in Union Street Borough at the cost of her own young life.”
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Despite the tragedies listed on the plaques, the Park emits serenity & peace amidst Central London.
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And is a wonderful spot for some much-needed lunchtime peace.
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Don’t forget to pay it a visit on your next trip to London! 🇬🇧
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