Shortlisted for Best Unique Venue in the Hire Space Awards is Mail Rail at The Postal Museum. Alongside two other finalists, Mail Rail represents venues which which offer experiences that are truly distinct and original:
BEST UNIQUE VENUE This award recognises a venue’s ability to offer an event experience unlike anything else available. Entries for the Best Unique Venue award will be judged against these key criteria:
Uniqueness: The venue is distinctive due to its history, architecture, or other attributes. At least one supporting document was provided. Originality: The entrant has shown that their venue is set apart from others in their field, either through creativity, resourcefulness or unconventionality. At least one supporting document was provided. Communications: The venue’s ability to communicate their uniqueness to the client. At least one brochure, proposal or a combination of documents was provided.
Once known as the Post Office Railway, Mail Rail operated from 1927 until 2003. The driverless underground railway served nine sorting offices between Paddington and Whitechapel, moving up to 4 million letters a day through the heart of London, 70 feet below ground level. Based at one of the most important mail stops, the sorting office at Mount Pleasant in Farringdon, is the Postal Museum.
In 2017, The Postal Museum was opened to allow the public to share its legacy. Visitors and event guests of the museum can experience Mail Rail, a pioneering postal mechanism from the pre-Internet era in the form of 15-minute tours through the historical tunnels .