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Postcodes

Most property adverts and estate agents in London refer at some point to the postcode of the area the property is in which can be confusing if you’re not used to the system. Basically, all London postcodes are made up of two different sections. Take the following as an example :

SE1 3RN

The first part refers to the general area the property is in and, as a rule, it is this part you will find in property adverts. The second part refers to the street and location of the property on that street. The prefixes of the first part are straightforward (for example SW refers to South West) and give the general part of London, whereas the number gives a more specific location. However, geographically the numbering appears arbitary as, for instance, NW1 is central whereas NW2 is far out and does not border NW1. This is because when the numbered system was first introduced in 1917, the postcodes numbered 1 (E1, NW1, W1, SW1, SE1) were most central and the subsequent numbers assigned alphabetically by the name of the district they represented. The exceptions to this are the central London postcodes of EC and WC ('east central', 'west central').

Click on the thumbnail below to see our London postcode map, which shows the average rentals too:
Postcode map of London

Below is a list of the London postcodes and areas they represent.

EC

EC1

Aldersgate, Finsbury, Holborn

EC2

Bishopsgate, Cheapside

EC3

Aldgate

EC4

St. Paul’s

E

E1

Whitechapel, Shoreditch

E2

Bethnal Green

E3

Bow

E4

Chingford

E5

Clapton, Homerton

E6

East Ham

E7

Forest Gate

E8

Dalston

E9

Homerton

E10

Leyton

E11

Leytonstone

E12

Manor Park

E13

Plaistow

E14

Poplar (Isle of Dogs)

E15

Stratford, West Ham

E16

Victoria Docks, North Woolwich

E17

Walthamstow

E18

South Woodford

E20

Walford (just kidding - this is the fictional postcode where the soap opera Eastenders is set)

NW

NW1

Regent’s Park, St. Pancras

NW2

Cricklewood, Dollis Hill

NW3

Hampstead

NW4

Hendon

NW5

Kentish Town

NW6

Maida Vale, Kilburn

NW7

Mill Hill

NW8

St. John’s Wood

NW9

Colindale

NW10

Willesden

NW11

Golders Green

SE

SE1

Borough, Waterloo

SE2

Abbey Wood

SE3

Blackheath

SE4

Brockley

SE5

Camberwell

SE6

Catford

SE7

Charlton

SE8

Deptford

SE9

Eltham

SE10

Greenwich

SE11

Kennington

SE12

Lee

SE13

Lewisham

SE14

New Cross

SE15

Peckham

SE16

Bermondsey, Rotherhithe

SE17

Walworth

SE18

Plumstead

SE19

Crystal Palace

SE20

Penge

SE21, SE22

Dulwich

SE23

Forest Hill

SE24

Herne Hill

SE25

Norwood

SE26

Sydenham

SE27

West Norwood

SE28

Thamesmead

WC

WC1

Bloomsbury, High Holborn

WC2

Strand, Holborn

W

W1

West End

W2

Bayswater, Paddington

W3

Acton

W4

Chiswick

W5

Ealing

W6

Hammersmith

W7

Hanwell

W8

Holland Park

W9

Maida Vale, Paddington

W10

North Kensington

W11

Notting Hill

W12

Shepherd’s Bush

W13

West Ealing

W14

West Kensington

N

N1

Angel

N2

East Finchley

N3

Finchley

N4

Finsbury Park

N5

Highbury

N6

Highgate

N7

Holloway

N8

Hornsey, Crouch End

N9

Lower Edmonton

N10

Muswell Hill

N11

New Southgate

N12

North Finchley

N13

Palmers Green

N14

Southgate

N15

Stamford Hill, South Tottenham

N16

Stoke Newington

N17

Tottenham

N18

Upper Edmonton

N19

Upper Holloway

N20

Whetstone

N21

Winchmore Hill

N22

Wood Green

SW

SW1

Westminster, Victoria

SW2

Brixton

SW3

Chelsea

SW4

Clapham

SW5

Earl’s Court, West Brompton

SW6

Fulham

SW7

South Kensington, Knightsbridge

SW8

South Lambeth

SW9

Stockwell

SW10

West Brompton, Chelsea

SW11

Battersea

SW12

Balham

SW13

Barnes

SW14

Mortlake

SW15

Putney

SW16

Streatham

SW17

Tooting

SW18

West Wandsworth

SW19

Wimbledon

SW20

West Wimbledon

 
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