London: Postman’s Park

Postman’s Park is a beautiful, hidden space in the midst of the big city, a short walk from St Pauls Cathedral and even closer to the Museum of London – Nearest tube station for all three of these attractions is St Pauls on the Central Line. Postman’s Park is home to Watts memorial, famous for commemorating the lives of those whom lost their life while trying to save another. The memorial built in 1900 honours children, men and women as individuals detailing the circumstances of their untimely death as well as names, dates and locations.

This might not be on your ‘Things To See in London’ list but I urge you to do so. The memorial is a moving, emotive and thought-provoking as you read and learn about individuals sacrifices and whom was involved. Stay a while in the park with small grassy areas and benches, even perhaps to enjoy your sandwiches like the postmen used to do back in the day.

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The Everyday Heroes App

Too make your experience more interactive, download the ‘The Everyday Heroes’ app to your smartphone or tablet. The app is free for both iOS and Android devices from their respective stores (iTunes and Google Play) and can be used as the memorial itself as well as offline.

My Experience using the App

My research for Postman’s Park before my trip down to London came upon this App, which I downloaded to my tablet with my intention to use on the day we had planned to visit. Doing just this, the camera photo-recognition worked perfectly, just make sure you get close enough to fill up the screen with the entire plaque and not the edges, or at least the text of others.

If you don’t have unlimited data on your phone or don’t fancy using it, there are free and open wi-fi networks in the area, however in the park the signal is weak so do not expect it to work constantly. This is from my own experience and whilst the app loaded enough to see the correct name to the plaque I had selected, the information along with pictures of the person commemorated didn’t always load. This may have improved by the time of your visit, but just letting you know… just in case.

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