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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail From mid-2017, The Postal Museum welcomes visitors to explore the history of the Royal Mail and travel on a network of underground tunnels not used since 2003. Mail Rail, the tunnels running from Whitechapel in East London, to Paddington in the west, and snaking along Oxford Street and under Selfridges, are the centrepiece of the Postal Museum. Visitors can take a 15-minute journey through the original 100-year-old rail network and discover, through a theatrical audiovisual show, the amazing story of Mail Rail. Learn how this hidden labyrinth was considered so clandestine that it was used to hide the Rosetta Stone during the First World War. In the main galleries discover the history of Royal Mail and how intrepid postal workers used to gallop 217 miles in a week on horseback to deliver the mail for Elizabeth I.

 

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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail  Clerks working in the Return Letter Office, Mount Pleasant, 1934  

   
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail - Clerks working in the Return Letter Office, Mount Pleasant, 1934

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail Clerks working in the Return Letter Office, Mount Pleasant, 1934 


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Chancery Lane Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
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Bowling Green Lane NCP
 
5 minutes walk
 
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7 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Crowne Plaza Kings Cross
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £58  42% off
1 Kings Cross Road, WC1X | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Halfway between the City and the west End, the Bloomsbury area is an oasis of calm in the very heart of the capital. It's a lovely ... More
 
 
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £29  42% off
23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N | 4 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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DoubleTree by Hilton London - West End
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £77  35% off
92 Southampton Row, WC1B | 9 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Clockmaker's Museum, Guildhall Library
London > Attractions > Museums
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, Clerkenwell, London SW7 | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
An exceptional collection of historic clocks, watches, and marine timekeepers. The majority of items in the collection range from c . 1600-c . 1850. ... More
 
 
 
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Charles Dickens Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Attractions > Museums
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Coram's Fields
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
93 Guilford Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Coram's Fields is a special place for children where adults are allowed in only if accompanied by a child. Tucked away in the city centre it ... More
 
 
 
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House of Detention
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Sans Walk, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 48 Doughty Street, WC1N | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Monday 11th and Monday 18th December 2017 - 7pm-1am
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Brass Button Club Presents River Child, Mock Deer And I Am Moon
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Monday 11th December 2017 - 7pm
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 28 Harrison Street, WC1H | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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ec one Exmouth Market
London > Shopping > Jewellery
41 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Shopping > Specialists
89 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The People's Supermarket
London > Shopping > Supermarkets
72-78 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Restaurants > British restaurants
1 Pakenham street, Clerkenwell, London WC1X | 1 minute from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Restaurants > French restaurants
10 Trinity Square, EC3P | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Restaurants > Pan-Asian restaurants
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, EC3P | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London Wine Academy
London > Education > Evening Classes
Garden Floor, 6 Coldbath Square, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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B&H Kitchen
London > Education > Cookery Courses
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 8 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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My Chocolate Workshops
London > Leisure > Activities
Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwin Gardens, Holborn, London EC1N | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Easton
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
22 Easton Street, Clerkenwell, London WC1X0DS | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Eagle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
159 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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London > Nightlife > Pubs
7 Roger Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Perseverance
London > Nightlife > Bars
63 Lamb's Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Ghost Farringdon
London > Nightlife >
113-117 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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7 Tales
London > Nightlife > Bars
64 Turnmill Street, EC1M | 8 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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The Foundling Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Honourable Society of Gray's Inn
London > Business > Venue Hire
8 South Square, Gray's Inn, Holborn, London WC1R | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Crypt on the Green
London > Business > Venue Hire
Clerkenwell Close, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
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Jukebox Live
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 18th December 2017 

The Piano Works 6 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

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Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 18th December 2017 

The Piano Works 6 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

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Concerts | On 11th December 2017 

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St Andrew's Church 12 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

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St Pancras International Christmas Tree
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Seasonal | Until 3rd January 2018 

St Pancras International Station 12 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Hand crafted from over 15,000 flowers, this year's Christmas tree at St Pancras is a stunning spectacle. Made by expert ...More

 
The Montague Ski Lodge at Christmas
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Seasonal | Until 20th January 2018 

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Add some festive sparkle to your Christmas celebrations this year with a visit to The Montague Ski Lodge at The ...More

 
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Exhibitions | Until 28th February 2018 

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Exhibitions | Until 8th April 2018 

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