Postcodes tell you a lot about where you are in London – and should be helpful in your search for a new home.
The format is:
one or two letters – one or two numbers – (possibly another letter) – space – one number- two letters
For example, the London Zoo has the postcode NW1 4RY, Buckingham Palace has SW1A 1AA, and Hampton Court Palace KT8 9AU.
The first half of this code describes the area: E is East, SE is Southeast, SW, W, NW, N. The smaller the number, the closer the location to the centre of London. EC and WC are in the centre of London. Easiest to understand if you check out a postcode map. Most street signs will have the the first part of the local postcode printed underneath the name of the street. So if you’re not sure which part of London you are in, the E, SE, SW, W, NW, N will give you a first clue.
The second half of the postal code describes which exact road / bit of a road the address is on. For example, we currently share our postal code with only three other properties along our road.
Once you get beyond a certain distance from the city centre, the codes change – TW and KT in the Southwest (for Twickenham and Kingston, respectively), BR and DA in the Southeast (for Bromley and Dartford), SM and CR in the South (for Sutton and Croydon) etc. Again, see the postcode map.