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Postman's Park, London
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Postman's Park is a park in central London, a short distance north of St Paul's Cathedral. Bordered by Little Britain, Aldersgate Street, St. Martin's Le Grand, King Edward Street, and the site of the former headquarters of the General Post Office (GPO), it is one of the largest parks in the City of London, the walled city which gives its name to modern London. Its name reflects its popularity amongst workers from the nearby GPO's headquarters.Postman's Park opened in 1880 on the site of the former churchyard and burial ground of St Botolph's Aldersgate church and expanded over the next 20 years to incorporate the adjacent burial grounds of Christ Church Greyfriars and St Leonard, Foster Lane, together with the site of housing demolished during the widening of Little Britain in 1880; the ownership of the last location became the subject of a lengthy dispute between the church authorities, the General Post Office, the Treasury, and the City Parochial Foundation. A shortage of space for burials in London meant that corpses were often laid on the ground and covered over with soil, thus elevating the park above the streets which surround it.
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  • Small park to the memory of real heroes, he was also the set of a major motion picture. Very nice (as all the green you encounter in London)
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  • Located in the City near St Paul's Cathedral just of Bishopsgate, this small, quiet park is a favourite for people eating their lunch or having a stroll in the afternoon. For tourists, it's main inter...  more »
  • The site is a sort of garden between buildings and houses the Memorial to Heroic self-sacrifice "(Memorial to Heroic Sacrifice), which is nothing more than tile plates in tribute to those who gave his life to save another human being. For those who saw the movie "Closer": that's where Natalie Portman's character takes the name Alice Ayres.
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  • I love this place. So calming to come here during my lunch hour. The tributes are also incredibly moving. Well worth a visit
  • One of my favorite London parks, especially if you work in the city. Has the Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice which is touching to read, and if you like the movie Closer, has a reference to it there - don't want to spoil, so won't say more!
  • A really relaxing little park in the centre of town. Pretty flowers, colourful fish and insightful history of selfless sacrifice. A great place to humble yourself.
  • Lovely quiet, reflective place to spend a lunch hour. The plaques commemorating acts of heroism from the 19th and early 20th century are awe inspiring.
  • This is a lovely little place of piece, a stone's throw from St. Paul's. Contains the fascinating Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice