The People’s Post

Join us to explore a lesser-known London district with a very important place in the history of our nation. We tell the story of posting a letter from earliest times to the coming of the GPO, visit the brand new Postal Museum and take a ride on the Mail Rail beneath the streets of London. All this with an expert Blue Badge Guide with morning coffee and a two-course lunch included.

Date

04/10/2017

Location

The Postal Museum

The People's Post

About this excursion

£108 per person

We start the day meeting our expert Blue Badge guide for morning refreshments at a City pub.  We shall tailor this trip Post boxesto suit you all with some of the journey on foot and some on the coach.  We will seek out visible reminders of our postal history from the inns where the mail coaches called with their scarlet clad, blunderbuss wielding guards to the coffee houses that were part of the Penny Post network.

We use eyewitness accounts from such as Mendelssohn and Samuel Taylor Coleridge and recount tales of drunken poaching mailmen, corrupt politicians, the Victorian internet and a canny public utterly determined to avoid paying for their post. It’s a cracking tale.

We’ll practice blowing our mail horn and follow the visual clues of old parish markings, street signs, property marks and shop signs to deliver our Penny Post letters from the time before house numbers or postcodes. We’ll look at how the GPO added to the landscape of street furniture alongside the existing bollards and milestones, cattle troughs and stink pipes as we wend our way from pillar to post.

We stop for a two course lunch with tea or coffee. The menu is shown below and it would be helpful if you could let us know your main course choice before 20th September.  We shall remind you nearer the time.Stamps

In the afternoon we visit the brand new state of the art Postal Museum (opening July 2017) to enjoy an incredible collection spanning five centuries and covering everything from ground breaking design and quirky technology to the intimacy of personal letters. During the afternoon we’ll also ride the hidden tunnels of the Mail Rail – a unique piece of industrial heritage that kept the capital’s communication network flowing for over 75 years. There should  be time for refreshments before we leave for home around 5.00pm.

The cost of this event includes luxury coach transport, the services of an expert Blue Badge Guide, all entry fees, morning refreshments, a two course lunch with tea or coffee and, of course, treats.

Lunch Menu

Traditional Fish and Chips

Cottage Pie with Seasonal Greens

Lemon and Thyme Chicken with Seasonal Vegetables

Roasted Butternut Squash, Feta Cheese and Puy Lentil Salad (V)

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Desserts – there will be a selection offered on the day

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Tea or Coffee

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Book on this excursion

£108.00