The Postal Museum and Mail Rail  

 
 
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The Postal Museum and Mail RailThe Postal Museum will be opening in mid 2017.

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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Underground Stations

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Chancery Lane Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Russell Square Tube Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
 
 
 
Car Parks

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Bowling Green Lane NCP
 
5 minutes walk
 
Skinner Street NCP
 
7 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Holiday Inn London Kings Cross - Bloomsbury
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £54  28% 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
 
 
 
Goodenough Club
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £29  28% off
23 Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N | 4 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Blending the traditional with the modern, the Goodenbough Club aims to help guests make a home away from home with its four-star accommodation. Housed within five ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton London - West End
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £81  32% off
92 Southampton Row, WC1B | 9 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
The DoubleTree by Hilton London - West End hotel is perfectly located in London's historic Bloomsbury district, between Holborn and Russell Square tube stations for convenient ... More
 
 
 
 
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Alternative Museums nearest The Postal Museum and Mail Rail

Nearest to 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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Charles Dickens Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
48 Doughty Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Charles Dickens brought London to life with his imaginative depictions of city life and his fascination and passion for the foggy Victorian streets have inspired two ... More
 
 
 
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The Foundling Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Exmouth Market
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
A rich hunting ground for restaurants and bars, Exmouth Market twinkles under the fairy lights that zig-zag overhead across the scenic pedestrianised street. Hip hang outs ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
The House of Detention gets its name from its former purpose - as a prison - and there has been a prison on this site since ... More
 
 
 
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The Ladybird Life Of Dickens: An Illustrated Adventure
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 30th November 2016 to 16th April 2017 - 10am-5pm
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 48 Doughty Street, WC1N | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
John Kenney's original illustrations alongside Peach's words, chronicling the life of the great English author....More
 
 
 
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Brazilian Carnival Comes To The Piano Works
London > Events > Clubbing and Nightlife  Dates: Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2017 - 5pm
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
...More
 
 
 
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Channelling The Rythmn Of Rio
London > Events > Concerts  Dates: Saturday 25th February 2017 at 5pm-4am & Sunday 26th February 2017 at 5pm-1am
The Postal Museum and Mail Rail, 113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
...More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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Theatre Delicatessen
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Guardian House, 119 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Taking over the old Guardian building in Farringdon and filling it with rehearsal rooms and performance spaces, Theatre Delicatessen not only takes an entrepreneurial approach to ... More
 
 
 
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The Piano Works
London > Entertainment > Live Music
113-117 Farringdon Road, EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Housed in an intimately lit Victorian warehouse, The Piano Works is a non-stop live music venue that presents soul, funk, R&B and ... More
 
 
 
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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
Established in Clerkenwell in 1997, EC One jewellery has built up a glittering reputation for its individual, stylish jewellery. Husband and wife team Jos and Alison ... More
 
 
 
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International Magic Shop
London > Shopping > Specialists
89 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 5 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Superb family-run magic shop, offering props, books and videos for magicians of all abilities. Pick a deck of cards, any deck of cards, from their mysterious ... More
 
 
 
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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
Rumour has it that The People's Supermarket fought off Tesco this a site on Lamb's Conduit Street, one of London's most independently spirited neighbourhoods. The sight ... More
 
 
 
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The Pakenham Arms
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
1 Pakenham street, Clerkenwell, London WC1X | 1 minute from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
British Cuisine... More
 
 
 
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La Dame de Pic
London > Restaurants > French restaurants
10 Trinity Square, EC3P | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, the fourth female chef in history to be awarded three Michelin stars, and the only current French female chef ... More
 
 
 
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Rasa Maricham
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
1 Kings Cross Road, Clerkenwell, London WC1X | 2 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
... More
 
 
 
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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
One day workshops, offering a friendly no-nonsense approach to teaching about wine, suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Courses take place at the following venues: Atlas PH, ... More
 
 
 
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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
Featuring six catering stations, a demonstration bench and a communal dining table, B&H Kitchen , the cookery school from Bourne & Hollingsworth Group, guides Londoners ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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Spa Fields Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
A busy park in Islington beside the Three Corners Centre youth centre and Adventure Playground, the 2.02 acre Spa Fields include a children's playground, tarmac ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate with this mouth-watering workshop. You will discover how chocolate is processed from bean to bar. Sample a variety of ... More
 
 
 
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Ted's Grooming Room & Ottoman Lounge
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
31 Theobalds Road, Bloomsbury, London WC1X | 7 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Inspired by the skills and techniques of the Ottoman Empire's barbers, Ted's Grooming Room provides a sanctuary for men seeking the perfect shave. With ... More
 
 
 
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The Easton
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
22 Easton Street, Clerkenwell, London WC1X0DS | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Freezing cold and slightly wet, we took shelter in this welcoming pub for a bite to eat... but they practically had to roll us out of ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Eagle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
159 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
The original and arguably one of London's best gastropubs, The Eagle in Farringdon is a happy, bustling place where top notch food is served without the ... More
 
 
 
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Duke (of York)
London > Nightlife > Pubs
7 Roger Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1N | 3 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
... More
 
 
 
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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
Formerly run by Billy Drew (who has opened The Chippy in Soho), The Perseverance in Lamb's Conduit Street re-opened in April 2007 under new management. It's ... More
 
 
 
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Ghost Farringdon
London > Nightlife >
113-117 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R | 6 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
Most people's gripe about South Ken's graffiti chic venue Ghost INC is that it would be better suited to the edgier East End than the haughty ... More
 
 
 
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7 Tales
London > Nightlife > Bars
64 Turnmill Street, EC1M | 8 minutes from The Postal Museum and Mail Rail
"Restaurateurs the world over could learn a thing or two from Jason Atherton when it comes to what makes a great restaurant bar," says ... More
 
 
 
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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
The Foundling Museum is one of London's real hidden treasures. Originally established in 1739 as a hospital which looked after abandoned children, the museum now tells ... More
 
 
 
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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
... More
 
 
 
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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
The Crypt on the Green, underneath St James Church in Clerkenwell, is on the site of the first nunnery to be built in London dating back ... More
 
 
 
 
 

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The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Dance | Until 14th March 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

The Sleeping Beauty holds a special place in The Royal Ballet's history - it was the first production at its ...More

Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Dance | Until 14th March 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Valeriy Ovsyanikov conducts Marius Petipa's version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet about the Princess Aurora, who is cursed at birth to ...More

The Design Line
Exhibitions | Until 30th June 2017 

London Transport Museum 2 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Take a tour of the new stations, art and public space on London's newest railway in this interactive exhibition....More

Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 15th October 2017 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
The Lion King
The Lion King
Theatre | Until 4th June 2017 

The Lyceum Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

The Lion King tells the story of Simba - the epic adventure of his battles, his friendships, his dreams and ...More

 
Mamma Mia!
Mamma Mia!
Theatre | Until 14th October 2017 

Novello Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mum, who recalls the ...More

 
Dirty Great Love Story
Theatre | Until 18th March 2017 

Arts Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna's Fringe First Award-winning romantic comedy of good intentions and bad timing makes its West End ...More

School of Rock
School of Rock
Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

New London Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock ...More

 
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Theatre | Until 18th February 2017 

Aldwych Theatre 4 minutes walk from The Postal Museum And Mail Rail

Marc Bruni directs the London transfer of the two-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, which ...More

 

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