When Henry VIII set up King's mail in 1516, it was exclusively for his own use
for mail in and out of London. By 1635, the Royal Mail started also to provide
postal services for the public.
Stamps can be bought at post offices and most newsagents.
Postages are 26p to EU countries and 43p to the rest of the world.
Post offices open 9am-5:30pm Mon-Fri and 9am-12:30pm Sat.
Check Royal Mail web site
for full details of the postal services.
The Post Office now also provides other services such as banking,
insurance, national savings, and various forms (TV license,
driving license, passport, car registration etc).