Posts Tagged 'St. Paul’s Cathedral'

Postman’s Park

May I recommend a slightly famous but often overlooked little gem of a park, Postman’s Park. Literally one minute walk from St. Paul’s, it’s well worth a look (it was also featured in the movie Closer, if you happened to have seen that). Postman’s Park is a tiny oasis in the middle of the city financial institutions. It was established by a Victorian guy who wanted to celebrate ordinary men and women, so in one corner there are all these tiles that celebrate ordinary heroes, mostly people who saved others from drowning or from fires. Their deeds are described in duly lurid Victorian prose, but it’s touching nonetheless. The park is a charming little spot – go on the weekend, when it’s not crowded with office workers on lunch – and the unique tiles (handpainted by the Victorian man who set up the thing who was an artist) are truly worth a gander:

Tile 1

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Victorian quirkiness and sentimentality at its best. To get there, leave St. Paul’s tube station (or just leave St. Paul’s cathedral area, if you happen to go tomorrow while the tube strike is still on) and walk towards the Museum of London (should be signs). Postman’s Park has an entrance that is hard to see until you are right up on it on the left, just as the Museum of London comes into sight.

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Update: St Paul’s Cathedral

The bad news: I went to St. Paul’s last week and was severely disappointed to realise that the very top viewing gallery, the Golden Gallery, is currently under construction.

The good news: Apparently they are almost done and will have replaced the terrifying open grate staircase. New opening date is sometime in June. Will update when find out more. The whole cathedral and the first two viewing galleries are still open, but if you can hold off until after June to go, do so!


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