Paddington to Whitechapel in 26 minutes. 4 million letters a day. 70 feet below ground level. These are the figures that defined Mail Rail, an ingenious and fascinating facet of London's history. In the height of its functioning in the 1930s, the "post office railway" stopped at 9 stations and was the reason Londoners received their cherished letters and postcards (and yes, those not-so-cherished bills).
In just a couple of months' time, The Postal Museum will officially open to display the Mail Rail system for the public to witness and understand the sensational expertise behind the concept. It'll be based at one of the most important of the mail stops – the sorting office at Mount Pleasant, in Farringdon. Visitors will be immersed in interactive exhibitions about the mesmerising innovations involved in its construction.
But here's where it gets even more exciting (to us events-industry types, anyway): The Postal Museum will be hireable as a stunning subterranean venue for up to 275 people. It's one that's sure to impress even guests who've tried and tested most of London's venues. There's truly no comparison to having your party, product launch, photo shoot, networking event – or whatever your occasion may be – 70 feet underground, in a 100-year-old tunnel.
Because of the nature of the beautiful space, it's the perfect place for immersive and experiential events. Case in point: it was recently converted into a tennis court for Andy Murray's secret warm-up for Wimbledon.
Two lucky members of our team visited the site earlier this week, and witnessed the final stages of the renovation, where the finishing touches are being put on what's likely to soon become one of London's most popular venues. They also learned that event guests will actually be able to ride the Mail Rail itself. The 15-minute tour through the historical tunnels is sure to knock a successful event out of the park. Well, out of the tunnel, at least.
Our exclusive sneak peek of the Postal Museum
And as if that's not enough, those after the sun rays need not fear: though the history's underground, the fun stretches to ground level, too, with a contemporary courtyard space accommodating up to 140 people. It's idea for cocktail parties, summer BBQs and other suitably sunny get-togethers.
The Postal Museum opens in July 2017, but we're already taking enquiries for your event at the spectacular venue. Get in touch here.
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