The London postal district covers 241 square miles. It is broken into 8 postcode areas - N, NW, SW, SE, W, WC, E and EC postcode areas. Some high density postcode districts are split to create smaller postcode districts. This is achieved by adding a letter after the original postcode district, for example W1F. The districts that have been subdivided are E1, W1, EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, WC1, WC2 and SW1.
It is quite common to use postcodes as place names in London, particularly where property is concerned. A property may be described as being "in SW12" for example, especially where a postal district is synonymous with a desirable location but also covers other less prestigious places. In this example estate agents may list a property as "Balham" even with an SW17 postcode. But a listing with an SW12 postcode is much more desirable and expensive than an SW17 postcode - which is really Tooting. Postcodes are a convenient shorthand for social status. A desirable postcode such as NW3 will add a significant amount to the value of a property.
Some postcodes overlap areas. For example Shoreditch falls into both "E1" and "E2" postcodes. For the purposes of this list, we've put the main postcode that is generally associated with at area. So, if you're looking for a new property in London, it pays to become familiar with both postcodes and areas.
London Postcodes and Districts
|Central London EC Postcodes - "The City"||District or Area|
|Central London WC Postcodes - "The West End"||District or Area|
|E Postcodes - East London||District or Area|
|SE Postcodes - South East London||District or Area|
|SW Postcodes - South West London||District or Area|
|W Postcodes - West London||District or Area|
|NW Postcodes - North West London||District or Area|
|N Postcodes - North London||District or Area|