EC postcode area

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London EC
EC is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°31′12″N 0°05′53″W / 51.520°N 0.098°W / 51.520; -0.098
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
London EC
Post towns1
Postcode districts30
Postcode sectors140
Postcodes (live)3,698
Postcodes (total)12,546
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The EC (Eastern Central) postcode area, also known as the London EC postal area,[2] is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. It includes almost all of the City of London and parts of the London boroughs of Islington, Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Westminster. The area covered is of very high density development. Deliveries for the EC postcode area are made from Mount Pleasant Mail Centre.

Postal administration[edit]

The current postcode districts are relatively recent divisions of EC1, EC2, EC3 and EC4, which were established in 1917. When the districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as a geographic, spoken reference and on street signs, they continue to be commonly grouped into those four 'districts'.

List of postcode districts[edit]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
EC1A LONDON St Bartholomew's Hospital City of London, Islington
EC1M LONDON Clerkenwell, Farringdon Islington, Camden, City of London
EC1N LONDON Hatton Garden Camden, City of London
EC1P LONDON non-geographic
EC1R LONDON Finsbury, Finsbury Estate (west) Islington, Camden
EC1V LONDON Finsbury (east), Moorfields Eye Hospital Islington, Hackney
EC1Y LONDON St Luke's, Bunhill Fields Islington, City of London
EC2A LONDON Shoreditch Islington, Hackney, City of London
EC2M LONDON Broadgate, Liverpool Street City of London, Tower Hamlets
EC2N LONDON Old Broad Street, Tower 42 City of London
EC2P LONDON non-geographic
EC2R LONDON Bank of England City of London
EC2V LONDON Guildhall City of London
EC2Y LONDON Barbican City of London
EC3A LONDON St Mary Axe, Aldgate City of London
EC3M LONDON Lloyd's of London, Fenchurch Street City of London
EC3N LONDON Tower Hill, Tower of London Tower Hamlets, City of London
EC3P LONDON non-geographic
EC3R LONDON Monument, Billingsgate City of London
EC3V LONDON Cornhill, Gracechurch Street, Lombard Street City of London
EC4A LONDON Fetter Lane City of London, Westminster
EC4M LONDON St Paul's City of London
EC4N LONDON Mansion House City of London
EC4P LONDON non-geographic
EC4R LONDON Cannon Street City of London
EC4V LONDON Blackfriars City of London
EC4Y LONDON Temple City of London, Westminster
EC50 LONDON non-geographic



The EC1 postcode district (51°31′23″N 0°05′31″W / 51.523°N 0.092°W / 51.523; -0.092 (EC1)) is roughly bounded by City Road to the northeast and east, Moorgate Street to the east, Chiswell Street and Newgate Street to the south, Rosebery Avenue to the northwest, and Gray's Inn Road to the west, where it borders WC postcode area. A long thin protrusion to the north east takes in all of Old Street. Taking in the districts of Clerkenwell, Finsbury and the northwestern corner of the City of London from St Paul's Cathedral.[3]


The EC2 postcode district (51°31′05″N 0°05′02″W / 51.518°N 0.084°W / 51.518; -0.084 (EC2)) is roughly bounded by Old Street to the north, Bishopsgate to the east, Cheapside, Poultry and Threadneedle Street to the south, and Aldersgate to the west. The postcode district includes Moorgate, Finsbury Circus and Liverpool Street and roughly covers the northeastern corner of the City of London from St Paul's Cathedral. To the north there are small sections in the London Borough of Islington and the London Borough of Hackney. Numbers 250-288 Bishopsgate (EC2M) fall within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets[4]


The EC3 postcode district (51°30′29″N 0°04′34″W / 51.508°N 0.076°W / 51.508; -0.076 (EC3)) is roughly bounded by Minories and the Tower of London to the east, the River Thames to the south, London Bridge and Threadneedle Street to the west and Houndsditch to the north. It includes the Monument, Aldgate, Cornhill, Fenchurch Street, Gracechurch Street, Leadenhall Street, Lombard Street, Mincing Lane, Pudding Lane and Tower Hill and roughly covers the southeastern corner of the City of London. A small part is in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, including the Tower of London.[5]


The EC4 postcode district (51°30′40″N 0°05′53″W / 51.511°N 0.098°W / 51.511; -0.098 (EC4)) is roughly bounded by Cheapside to the north, London Bridge to the east, the River Thames to the south and Chancery Lane to the west. It roughly covers the southwestern corner of the City of London, including Fleet Street, Temple, Blackfriars, and St Paul's Cathedral. 6 postcodes in EC4 (2 in EC4A and 4 in EC4Y) fall within St. James's ward in Westminster.[6]


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EC postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.E postcode areaN postcode areaSE postcode areaWC postcode area
EC postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby E, N, SE and WC postcode areas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group.
  3. ^ "EC1". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  4. ^ "EC2". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  5. ^ "EC3". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2010.
  6. ^ "EC4". The Postcodes Project. Museum of London. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2010.

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