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Coordinates: 51°31′12″N0°05′53″W / 51.520°N 0.098°W / 51.520; -0.098
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
EC
Postcode area name
London EC
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 30
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.

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Postal administration

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

Postcode district Post town CoverageLocal authority area(s)
EC1ALONDON St Bartholomew's Hospital City of London, Islington
EC1MLONDON Clerkenwell, Farringdon Islington, Camden, City of London
EC1NLONDON Hatton Garden Camden, City of London
EC1PLONDON non-geographic
EC1RLONDON Finsbury, Finsbury Estate (west)Islington, Camden
EC1VLONDONFinsbury (east), Moorfields Eye Hospital Islington, Hackney
EC1YLONDON St Luke's, Bunhill Fields Islington, City of London
EC2ALONDON Shoreditch Islington, Hackney, City of London
EC2MLONDON Broadgate, Liverpool Street City of London, Tower Hamlets
EC2NLONDONOld Broad Street, Tower 42 City of London
EC2PLONDONnon-geographic
EC2RLONDON Bank of England City of London
EC2VLONDON Guildhall City of London
EC2YLONDON Barbican City of London
EC3ALONDON St Mary Axe, Aldgate City of London
EC3MLONDON Lloyd's of London, Fenchurch Street City of London
EC3NLONDON Tower Hill, Tower of London Tower Hamlets, City of London
EC3PLONDONnon-geographic
EC3RLONDON Monument, Billingsgate City of London
EC3VLONDON Cornhill, Gracechurch Street, Lombard Street City of London
EC4ALONDON Fetter Lane City of London, Westminster
EC4MLONDON St Paul's City of London
EC4NLONDON Mansion House City of London
EC4PLONDONnon-geographic
EC4RLONDON Cannon Street City of London
EC4VLONDON Blackfriars City of London
EC4YLONDON Temple City of London, Westminster
EC50LONDONnon-geographic

Boundaries

EC1

The EC1 postcode district ( 51°31′23″N0°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]

EC2

The EC2 postcode district ( 51°31′05″N0°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]

EC3

The EC3 postcode district ( 51°30′29″N0°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]

EC4

The EC4 postcode district ( 51°30′40″N0°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 in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby E, N, SE and WC postcode areas.

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