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Postman's Park


King Edward Street

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​Entrances via St Martin's Le-Grand / Aldersgate Street and King Edward Street.

Level access available via the King Edward Street entrance.

Opening hours

​Open all year round from 8am to 7pm or dusk, whichever is earlier.

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

​Home of The Watts Memorial to Heroic Self-Sacrifice by George Frederick Watts built in 1900. A shady garden which provides an attractive alternative to the busy City streets with a pathway weaving through the garden from east to west. Take a seat on one of the many benches that surrounds the seasonal bedding display that features as a centrepiece to the garden.

Parking info and travel links

Nearest tube: St Paul's (Exit 1 for Aldersgate Street)

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About Postman's Park

This scenic park acquired its name due to its popularity as a lunchtime garden with workers from the nearby old General Post Office. It is home to the famous Watts memorial, built in 1900 by Victorian painter and philanthropist GF Watts (1817-1904).

Watts was a radical socialist with strong sympathies towards the dreadful living conditions of the urban poor. In 1887, he wrote to the Times proposing a park commemorating 'heroic men and women' who had given their lives attempting to save others. He felt it would be a worthy way to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee year. This eventually took the form of the Watts gallery in Postman's Park.

Along the walls of the gallery, Watts placed glazed Doulton tablets commemorating acts of bravery. Each one details the nature of the heroic act and the tragic tales documented on the tiles are touching. They often involve children and or concern fire, drowning or train accidents.

The garden also features an attractive sundial surrounded by bright flower beds and a gently trickling fountain. Plants of particular interest are the large banana, musa basjoo, which flowers in late summer, and the dove tree davidia involucrata.

Postman's Park came to increased public notice in 2004 with the release of the BAFTA- and Golden Globe-winning film, Closer. The film features Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Clive Owen, and is based on the 1997 play Closer by Patrick Marber. A key plot element in the film revolves around Postman's Park. It is revealed that the character Alice Ayres (Natalie Portman) has in fact fabricated her identity based on Ayres' tablet on the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice. She had read at the time of her first meeting with Dan Woolf (Jude Law) at the start of the film.

The Friends of the Watts Memorial

The Friends were established in 2015 with the aim of protecting, preserving and promoting the Watts Memorial.

Events and green space hire

Find out how to host your event or hire a space at Postman's Park.

Guidelines for filming and photography

Anyone wishing to use Postman's Park for filming or photoshoots should seek permission first and pay the appropriate fee. Individuals are welcome to take photographs for their own use.

Please see the Filming in the City pages for more information, and apply directly with Film App.
For wedding and lifestyle photography please see the events and green space hire page.