This is a gem of London. And better yet, a hidden gem.
I learned of Postman's Park after seeing the movie "Closer" a long time ago. This is where Jude Law's character, at the end of the film, realises that Natalie Portman had been lying to him the entire time. He sees her name, Alice Ayres, on a tile and knows he knows nothing about her.
The tile (which is really there, by the way) is part of a collection of tiles, each one dedicated to someone who lost their life while trying to save another (like Ms. Ayres who died saving three children from a fire, a fact you learn on the tile.)
This is only part of this beautiful hidden park around the corner from St. Paul's. You have to walk through an unmarked gate to find it though, it's one of those ones you'd almost never stumble into.
Which means that this park is empty and beautiful most times. Rich, green with old tombstones hidden amongst bushes and a koi pond to the side.
It really is beautiful and it really is worth taking the time to go see.
Such a lovely hidden gem near St. Pauls. The can't-miss part of the park is a memorial wall with tiles commemorating those who lost their lives so others could live. It's beautiful, touching, and well worth a visit (I trekked here from north London to see it*). Benches, trees, a fountain... it's lovely.
*It's been on my to-visit list ever since I got to London last year; I first heard about the park while watching the movie Closer.
A hidden gem. It is a small park (super quiet and tranquil) with benches, trees, flowers and a koi pond. The main feature of the park is a memorial wall with decorative tiles which record the heroic deeds of ordinary Londoners who lost their lives to save others.
A great place to eat lunch, take a nap or read a book.
A park in the middle of the glass and concrete of St. Pauls where you won't a find a tourist in sight!
No as for office workers, that's a different story as this is a secret hideaway for the 9-5 drones. Myself included!
It has a koi pond, several grassy knolls to lay out on (when it's warm), a canopy with a memorial for acts of bravery PLUS its pretty well hidden.
Need to clear your head and get away from the office, this is the place to go!
This fab little park is hidden away near St Pauls and just off Little Britain (adpots Tom Baker voice "Britain, Britain, Britain").
The main feature is a wall of 34 decorative tiles, which record the heroic deeds of ordinary Londoners who lost their lives to save others. It was erected to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.
If you go and wonder why Postman's Park may look familar, it's because it was in the film "Closer" with Jude Law, Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman.
At the start of the film Jude Law's (he's an obituary writer at the time) and Natalie Portman's characters go for a walk in Postman's Park after he has helped her out in a road accident. Natalie Portman also takes on the name of one of the women on the plaques.
Anyway, Postman's Park is a nice hour or so's diversion if you are in the area or makes a good addition if you are going to visit St Paul's.
AnnieMoe did a great job of summarizing this beautiful, quiet spot, so I'll just add my praise for it as well. I visit Postman's Park often: every time I go, I find the good deeds (at the cost of their own lives) of ordinary people even more touching. There is also a nice church in the same park (St Botolph without Aldersgate): in fact, I believe the park may have at one time been the churchyard.
This park is definitely worth a visit (or two, or three, lol). It's just north of St. Paul's, and actually easier to find than you might think. Go north of Newgate on either St. Martin's le Grand or on King Edward: the park is between the two streets.
What a lovely memorial from human beings to one another
in recognition of their care & bravery.There are many plaques
This is such a special park, tucked behind St Paul's Cathedral
A really lovely little spot, made most famous by Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger, which I had been meaning to visit for a few years. Dedicated to those who have lost their own lives whilst saving others, this park has a certain eerieness, not alike a church or other religious spot, meaning it can be frustrating when you are trying to read the plaques or have a think and people are wandering through without a care for what the park is there for (in my head anyway, I'm probably making it more than it is because I have only been once, but hey, respect doesn't cost anything!) Location wise this is a star of central London, surrounded by offices and the Museum of London, meaning it can be forgotten by any London sun which may appear, but a great place to discover nonetheless.
One of those little gems which make this area of London so interesting. Although the park is small, it's very well designed and is good for killing time and for eating your lunch on a rainy day. The tiled memorials sit under wooden arches, so there is shelter if you need it.
The tiles make moving reading, particularly those dedicated to children.
I stumbled across this the other day. What a gorgeous little park in the heart of the city and of course with its famous heroic deeds memorial which featured in the movie Closer. I love finding gems like this in London.
Lovely little park, well away from tourist routes. Did a lot of visiting there with a friend who was in Bart's Hospital, close by, was nice to escape and enjoy the fresh air.
A lovely spot if you work nearby to just switch off, unwind and munch your sandwiches. It is a bit hidden away, I remember finding it years ago and then completely forgetting where it was or what it was called so I was surprised to see it in the film Closer and realised it was round the corner from where I was working at the time.
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