On Location: Alice Ayres







The other day I visited a pretty special place in the city called the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice, which is located in Postman’s Park, a short walk from St Paul’s Cathedral. The memorial itself consists of many plaques detailing the names of those who have died whilst saving the lives of others. Reading all the names and stories on the plaques is a strange and overwhelming experience, juxtaposed with the peaceful serenity of the park that surrounds the memorial. This park, and one plaque belonging to Alice Ayres, play a key role in the film Closer (2004, dir. Mike Nichols); particularly in relation to Natalie Portman’s character. You can read more about the real Alice Ayres here.

Photos shot on iPhone 6.

Hint for tomorrow’s location: Another Kings Cross Station?


  1. Very cool! I have been there! Loved the film Closer, too, for showcasing the forgotten Alice.

    1. I loved the film as well, such a great drama. I need to see it again after visiting Postman’s Park!

      1. I was thinking the same thing. Natalie P. was amazing in it.

  2. That is so cool! This is one of my favorite movies and that idea for Portman’s character to just borrow the name she saw on the plaque was very smart

    1. Thanks Sati! I love the film too, it’s so clever.

  3. I used to work near Postman’s Park and regularly ate my lunch in there! A nice spot in amongst all the hustle and bustle.

    1. When I went there were a couple of people doing just that! It felt like the perfect place to spend a lunch break.

  4. Love the second to bottom picture

    1. Wish I could take credit for that cinematographic perfection!

      1. Hehe aww its not your photo? That’s cheating! 😛

  5. This post really makes me want to watch Closer again.

    1. Thanks Vinnie! Going to the park made me want to rewatch the film as well!

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