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The Mail Centre Takeover in Nine Elms

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One empty warehouse… two art installations!

For just 12 days in January, the former Royal Mail delivery office in Nine Elms opened to the public with free art shows for all ages.

Did you come along to The Mail Centre Takeover? Tell us what you thought here!

Opening times

Sat – Sun: Reality Arcade open: 10am – 4pm
Of All The People open: 12pm – 6pm

Wed – Fri: 2:30pm – 8:30pm

Of All The People In All The World

During the Mayflower’s 400-year anniversary, this art installation by Stan’s Cafe offers a grain of truth about our world: every grain of rice represents someone, somewhere.

Abstract statistics from the US and UK are brought to life as the artists build mounds of rice to represent political and social realities. The installation uses 6.7 tonnes of rice to represent the combined populations of the two countries.

Find out more about the installation on Stan’s Cafe website

Bringing statistics to life: mounds of rice in Stan’s Cafe’s installation

The Actual Reality Arcade

Try out this life-sized interactive zone for all ages which is inspired by 10 classic arcade games such as Tetris walls and Pac-Man and where you play for real!

Matthew Harrison’s installation brings back nostalgic memories and creates new ones with physical fun for all ages to enjoy together.

Find out more about the games on the Actual Reality Arcade website

Actual Reality Arcade

Getting here

This is a hidden space in Nine Elms!

Buses from Vauxhall station leave from Stand E – alight at the US Embassy stop on Nine Elms Lane.

Or alight from Thames Clipper riverboats at St George Wharf Pier, Vauxhall.

Set the map to SW8 5DD off Nine Elms Lane and follow Ponton Road leading behind the US Embassy to the giant white foot sculpture – from where you will see the entrance gate to the former Royal Mail sorting office.

As this is a large empty warehouse, dress to be comfortable and warm!


The warehouse is wheelchair accessible and there is an accessible toilet available.


Stopping for a break? Find out which Nine Elms cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants are nearby!

Please note that food and drink is not available to purchase inside the Mail Centre and glass and alcohol are not permitted.

Former Royal Mail Delivery Office, Malthouse Road (off Ponton Road), Nine Elms SW8 5DD

Nearest train/tube:

Start date: 15/01/2020
End date: 26/01/2020
Open from 10:00 to 18:00

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