SW postcode area

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London SW postcode area
SW is located in the United Kingdom
Postcode area SW
Postcode area name London SW
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 29
Postcode sectors 139
Postcodes (live) 21,046
Postcodes (total) 34,726
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The SW (South Western and Battersea) postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area,[2] is a group of postcode districts covering part of southwest London, England. The area originates from the South Western (SW1–SW10) and Battersea (SW11–SW20) districts[3] of the London post town.

Postal administration[edit]

The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SW district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the abolished S district, with the rest going to SE. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917.[4] The South Western district[3] consists of the postcode districts SW1–SW10[3] and the Battersea district[3] consists of the postcode districts SW11–SW20.[5] SW95 is a non-geographic postcode district used by the Department for Work and Pensions.[6] The postcode area is part of the London post town[2] and there are no dependent localities required in the area.[2]

List of postcode districts[edit]

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[5]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
SW1A LONDON Whitehall and Buckingham Palace Westminster
SW1E LONDON between Buckingham Gate and Victoria Station Westminster
SW1H LONDON east of Buckingham Gate Westminster
SW1P LONDON triangular area between Victoria Station, the Houses of Parliament, and Vauxhall Bridge; eastern part of Pimlico Westminster
SW1V LONDON triangular area between Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, and Victoria Station; Pimlico proper Westminster
SW1W LONDON Belgravia, area between Sloane Square and Victoria Station, south of Kings Road Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1X LONDON Belgravia, north of Eaton Square, Knightsbridge (part) Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1Y LONDON St James's Westminster
SW2 LONDON Brixton district: Brixton, Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Clapham Park, Eastern parts of Balham Lambeth
SW3 LONDON Chelsea district: Chelsea, Brompton, Knightsbridge (part) Kensington and Chelsea
SW4 LONDON Clapham district: Clapham, Stockwell(part) Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW5 LONDON Earls Court district: Earls Court Kensington and Chelsea
SW6 LONDON Fulham district: Fulham, Parsons Green Hammersmith and Fulham
SW7 LONDON South Kensington district: South Kensington, Knightsbridge (part) Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster
SW8 LONDON South Lambeth district: South Lambeth, Vauxhall, Battersea (part), Wandsworth Road, Clapham (part), NW area of Stockwell Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW9 LONDON Stockwell district: Stockwell, Brixton (part), Clapham (part), Oval (part) Lambeth
SW10 LONDON West Brompton district: West Brompton, Chelsea (part) Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham
SW11 LONDON Battersea head district: Battersea, Clapham Junction Wandsworth
SW12 LONDON Balham district: Balham, Clapham South, Hyde Farm Wandsworth, Lambeth
SW13 LONDON Barnes district: Barnes Richmond upon Thames
SW14 LONDON Mortlake district: Mortlake, East Sheen Richmond upon Thames
SW15 LONDON Putney district: Putney, Roehampton, Kingston Vale Wandsworth, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames
SW16 LONDON Streatham district: Streatham, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Streatham Vale, Mitcham Common, Pollards Hill Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth, Merton
SW17 LONDON Tooting district: Tooting, Mitcham (part) Wandsworth, Merton
SW18 LONDON Wandsworth district: Wandsworth, Southfields, Earlsfield Wandsworth
SW19 LONDON Wimbledon district: Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Merton Park, Merton Abbey, Southfields, Morden (part) Merton, Wandsworth
SW20 LONDON West Wimbledon district: Raynes Park, Lower Morden, Merton Park, Wimbledon Chase Merton
SW95 LONDON DWP London and Harrow mail opening, Nine Elms Lane[6] Non-geographic postcode district


SW1 was originally the South Western head district. As it is now of very high density development it has been divided into smaller postcode districts. Where districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, the SW1 subdivisions continue to be classed as one 'district'. Within the SW1 postcode district there are several distinctive postcode units:


The South Western postcode area includes postcode districts on both sides of the River Thames. The SW1 postcode district covers the area of central London on the north bank of the River Thames, roughly between Hungerford Bridge and Chelsea Bridge. It includes Pimlico, Belgravia and parts of Westminster and Brompton. It contains Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Westminster School, the Tate Gallery, Dolphin Square and Thames House. SW2–SW10 form the inner northeastern part of the postcode area, with the SW3, SW5, SW6, SW7 and SW10 districts north of the river. SW11–SW20 forms the outer southwestern part of the postcode area and is entirely south of the River Thames. The postcode area includes all of the London Borough of Wandsworth, the western portion of the London Borough of Lambeth, the southern sections of the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the southeastern portion of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, the northeastern area of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the northern sections of the London Borough of Merton and London Borough of Croydon. The area originally extended as far west as Sunbury-on-Thames, however, changes to the size and make up of the London postal district since its inception led to many areas being transferred to the newly created outer London postcode districts of Kingston-upon-Thames and Twickenham.[7][8]


SW postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas. CR postcode area EC postcode area KT postcode area SE postcode area SM postcode area SM postcode area TW postcode area W postcode area WC postcode area
SW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby CR, EC, KT, SE, SM, TW, W and WC postcode areas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. February 2012. Table 2. Retrieved 21 April 2012.  Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group. 
  3. ^ a b c d Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1980). The Inner London Letter Post. HMSO. 
  4. ^ "Postcodes". Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum and Archive. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930. 
  6. ^ a b "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  7. ^ File:Londonpostal iln 1857.jpg
  8. ^ Postcodes in the United Kingdom#History

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