List of London Postal Districts

Sooner or later someone will ask you "Where's London E6", "Where is Walford?" or "Why are the districts numbered apparently so randomly?"  The following explanation and list of codes will hopefully provide you with all the answers!

By the mid-1850's, London had expanded so much that it was divided into ten postal areas, each the equivalent of a separate 'Post Town'.  The central area was divided into east and west (EC and WC) whilst the other 8 were based on the points of the compass but NE was soon combined with E while S was divided between SE and SW to give the 8 prefixes we know today.

London continued to spread at an alarming rate, particularly after the electrification of the railways and Underground, so it became necessary to sub-divide the areas. Numbered suffixes were formalised in 1917 with the '1' district being the closest to the centre (eg SW1 = Westminster & Victoria) thence allocated in alphabetical order of district name. As in the West Country, postal districts are based on the location of sorting offices so the boundaries rarely correspond with Local Authority boundaries.

As London continued to expand at the peripheries, new districts were created with numbers added to the end of the list eg SE19-27 were added when parts of Kent were annexed then, more recently, SE28 was added  to cover the 'new town' of Thamesmead. 

In the 1960's/70's, the Postal District codes became the root part of the current postcodes for London ... without any prefix to indicate that they referred to London at all ! eg N10 2BZ. With postcodes defining but a few houses or even just one office block, it became necessary in the central areas to sub-divide each district with a lettered suffix eg SW1A, SW1B and so on. Some postmen must have degrees in Latin, or be used to carrying much delayed epistles from Rome, as the post for SW1V is often routed via SW4!

NB  There's one postal district missing from the list : E20. This is Walford, the fictitious location used for the TV 'soap' serial 'Eastenders'.

 

East London

South East London (contd)

E1 Whitechapel, Stepney, Mile End SE5 Camberwell
E2 Bethnal Green, Shoreditch SE6 Catford, Hither Green, Bellingham
E3 Bow, Bromley-by-Bow SE7 Charlton
E4 Chingford, Highams Park SE8 Deptford
E5 Clapton SE9 Eltham, Mottingham
E6 East Ham, Beckton SE10 Greenwich
E7 Forest Gate, Upton Park SE11 Lambeth, Kennington
E8 Hackney, Dalston SE12 Lee, Grove Park
E9 Homerton, South Hackney SE13 Lewisham, Hither Green
E10 Leyton SE14 New Cross, New Cross Gate
E11 Leytonstone, Wanstead SE15 Peckham, Nunhead
E12 Manor Park SE16 Rotherhithe, S Bermonsey, Surrey Docks
E13 Plaistow SE17 Walworth, Elephant & Castle
E14 Poplar, Millwall, Isle of Dogs SE18 Woolwich, Plumstead
E15 Stratford, West Ham SE19 Crystal Palace, Norwood (Cen & Upper)
E16 Victoria Docks, N Woolwich, Canning Town SE20 Anerley, Penge
E17 Walthamstow SE21 Dulwich, West Dulwich
E18 Woodford South SE22 East Dulwich

East Central London

SE23 Forest Hill
EC1 Clerkenwell, Finsbury, Barbican SE24 Herne Hill

EC2 NE - Moorgate, Liverpool Street

SE25 South Norwood
EC3 SE - Monument, Aldgate, Fenchurch St, Tower SE26 Sydenham
EC4 W - Fleet St, Temple, Blackfriars, St Paul's SE27 West Norwood, Tulse Hill

North London

SE28 Thamesmead
N1 Islington, Barnsbury, Canonbury

South West London

N2 East Finchley, E Hampstead Gdn Suburb SW1 Westminster, Belgravia, Pimlico, Victoria
N3 Finchley Central, Finchley Church End SW2 Brixton, Streatham Hill
N4 Finsbury Park, Manor House SW3 Chelsea, Brompton
N5 Highbury SW4 Clapham
N6 Highgate SW5 Earl's Court
N7 Holloway, Lower Holloway SW6 Fulham, Parson's Green
N8 Hornsey, Crouch End SW7 South Kensington
N9 Lower Edmonton SW8 South Lambeth, Vauxhall, Nine Elms
N10 Muswell Hill SW9 Stockwell, N Brixton
N11 New Southgate, Friern Barnet SW10 West Brompton, World's End
N12 North Finchley, Woodside Park SW11 Battersea, Clapham Junction
N13 Palmers Green SW12 Balham
N14 Southgate SW13 Barnes, Castelnau
N15 South Tottenham, Seven Sisters SW14 Mortlake, East Sheen
N16 Stoke Newington, Stamford Hill SW15 Putney, Roehampton
N17 Tottenham SW16 Streatham, Norbury
N18 Upper Edmonton SW17 Tooting
N19 Upper Holloway, Archway, Tufnell Pk SW18 Wandsworth, Earlsfield
N20 Whetstone, Totteridge SW19 Wimbledon, Merton, Collier's Wood
N21 Winchmore Hill SW20 West & South Wimbledon, Raynes Pk
N22 Wood Green, Alexandra Palace

West London

North West London

W1 West End - Mayfair, Soho, S Marylebone
NW1 Camden Town, Regent's Pk, N Marylebone W2 Paddington, Bayswater, Hyde Park
NW2 Cricklewood, Neasden, Dollis Hill W3 Acton
NW3 Hampstead, Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park W4 Chiswick
NW4 Hendon, Brent Cross W5 Ealing
NW5 Kentish Town W6 Hammersmith
NW6 Kilburn, Queens Park, S & W Hampstead W7 Hanwell
NW7 Mill Hill W8 Kensington (central)
NW8 St John's Wood W9 Maida Vale, Warwick Avenue
NW9 The Hyde, Kingsbury, Colindale W10 North Kensington, Ladbroke Grove
NW10 Willesden, Harlesden, Kensal Green W11 Notting Hill, Holland Park
NW11 Golders Green, W Hampstead Gdn Suburb W12 Shepherd's Bush

South East London

W13 West Ealing
SE1 Waterloo, Bermondsey, S'wark, S Bank, Boro' W14 West Kensington
SE2 Abbey Wood, S Thamesmead

West Central London

SE3 Blackheath, Westcombe Park, Kidbrooke WC1 Bloomsbury, Gray's Inn
SE4 Brockley, Crofton Park, Honor Oak Park WC2 Holborn, Strand, Covent Garden

 

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