Postcode district boundaries:
|Postcode area name|
|Statistics as at May 2020|
The W (Western and Paddington) postcode area, also known as the London W postcode areais a group of postcode districts covering part of central and part of West London, England. The area originates from the Western (W1) and Paddington (W2-14) districts of the London postal district. This area covers 35 postcode districts and around 18,554 live postcodes.
The Western districtconsists of the single original W1 postal district. The area that it covers is high-density and so has been subdivided into a number of smaller postcode districts. When districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, the W1 subdivisions continue to be classed as one 'district'. In June 2000, there was a recoding of the area, with the W1M, W1N, W1P, W1R, W1V, W1X and W1Y districts being replaced.
The mail centre for W1 is London Central, and that for W2-14 is Greenford.
Deliveries for W1 (and for WC1 and WC2) came from the Western District Office on Rathbone Place until it was decommissioned. It was a stop on the former London Post Office Railway, which has been mothballed since 2003. The Western District Office was initially on Wimpole Street, which was also a stop on the London Post Office Railway.
The Paddington district 6.5 miles (10.5 km) to the Eastern District Office, at Whitechapel.has 13 postcode districts (W2–14). Other than W2, the districts are arranged alphabetically, run from W3 (Acton) to W14 (West Kensington) and radiate westwards. The Paddington Head District Sorting Office was the western terminus of the London Post Office Railway, which ran
The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:
|Postcode district||Post town||Coverage||Local authority area(s)|
|W1A||LONDON||PO boxes & Admail codes in W1||non-geographic|
|W1B||LONDON||Portland Place, Regent Street||Westminster|
|W1C||LONDON||Oxford Street (west)||Westminster|
|W1D||LONDON||Soho (south east); Chinatown, Soho Square||Westminster|
|W1F||LONDON||Soho (north west)||Westminster|
|W1J||LONDON||Mayfair (south), Piccadilly||Westminster|
|W1K||LONDON||Mayfair (north), Grosvenor Square||Westminster|
|W1S||LONDON||Mayfair (east), Hanover Square, Savile Row, Royal Academy||Westminster|
|W1T||LONDON||Fitzrovia, Tottenham Court Road||Camden|
|W1W||LONDON||Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia||Westminster|
|W2||LONDON||Paddington head district: Paddington, Bayswater, Hyde Park, Westbourne Green, Little Venice (part), Notting Hill (part)||Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea|
|W3||LONDON||Acton district: Acton, West Acton, North Acton (part), South Acton, East Acton (west), Park Royal (south), Hanger Hill Garden Estate, Gunnersbury Park||Ealing, Hounslow, Hammersmith and Fulham|
|W4||LONDON||Chiswick district: Chiswick, Gunnersbury, Turnham Green, Acton Green, South Acton (part), Bedford Park||Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham|
|W5||LONDON||Ealing district: Ealing, South Ealing, Ealing Common, North Ealing, Northfields, (south and east), Pitshanger, Hanger Lane||Ealing|
|W6||LONDON||Hammersmith district: Fulham, Hammersmith, Ravenscourt Park, Stamford Brook (part)||Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow|
|W7||LONDON||Hanwell district: Hanwell, Boston Manor (part)||Ealing|
|W8||LONDON||Kensington district: Kensington, Holland Park (part)||Kensington and Chelsea|
|W9||LONDON||Maida Hill district: Queen's Park (part), Maida Hill, Maida Vale, Little Venice (part)||Westminster, Brent, Camden|
|W10||LONDON||North Kensington district: North Kensington, Kensal Town, Ladbroke Grove (north), Queen's Park (part)||Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent|
|W11||LONDON||Notting Hill district: Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove (south), Holland Park (part)||Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham|
|W12||LONDON||Shepherds Bush district: Shepherd's Bush, White City, Wormwood Scrubs, East Acton (east)||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|W13||LONDON||West Ealing district: West Ealing, Northfields (north and west)||Ealing|
|W14||LONDON||West Kensington district: West Kensington, Kensington Olympia, Holland Park||Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea|
Postcode districts W1 and W2 are central to London, and W3 to W14 are mostly further west. The boundaries of the area and its numbered districts have changed over time and are the result of the working requirements of the Royal Mail. The boundaries do not coincide with the local authority areas. W1 is almost entirely in the City of Westminster, with a small part in the London Borough of Camden. W2 to W14 cover the northwestern part of the City of Westminster, the northern parts of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the eastern parts of the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow, as well as very small parts of the London Boroughs of Brent and Camden.
The TV series W1A satirises the goings-on at the BBC's Broadcasting House in Portland Place, whose memorable postcode is W1A 1AA.
AJ Tracey released the 2020 track West Ten which refers to the Ladbroke Grove area.
Postal codes used in the United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies are known as postcodes. They are alphanumeric and were adopted nationally between 11 October 1959 and 1974, having been devised by the General Post Office. A full postcode is known as a "postcode unit" and designates an area with several addresses or a single major delivery point.
The London postal district is the area in England of 241 square miles (620 km2) to which mail addressed to the London post town is delivered. The General Post Office under the control of the Postmaster General directed Sir Rowland Hill to devise the area in 1856 and throughout its history it has been subject to reorganisation and division into increasingly smaller postal units, with the early loss of two compass points and a minor retraction in 1866. It was integrated by the Post Office into the national postcode system of the United Kingdom during the early 1970s and corresponds to the N, NW, SW, SE, W, WC, E and EC postcode areas. The postal district has also been known as the London postal area. The County of London was much smaller, at 117 square miles (300 km2), but Greater London is much larger at 607 square miles (1,570 km2).
The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area, is the part of the London post town covering much of the east of Greater London, England as well as Sewardstone, Essex. It borders the N postcode area to the west, both north of the tidal Thames. Since closure of the East London mail centre its mail is sorted at Romford Mail Centre together with IG and RM postcode areas.
The IG postcode area, also known as the Ilford postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within six post towns. These cover parts of eastern Greater London and south-west Essex. Inward mail for the area is sorted, along with mail for the E and RM postcode areas, at the Romford Mail Centre.
The EC postcode area, also known as the London EC postal area, 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.
The WC postcode area, also known as the London WC postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in central London, England. The area covered is of high density development, and includes parts of the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, plus a very small part of the City of London.
The SM postcode area, also known as the Sutton postcode area, is a group of seven postcode districts in England, within five post towns. These cover part of south-west London, as well as a small part of north Surrey.
The CM postcode area, also known as the Chelmsford postcode area, is a group of 25 postcode districts in England, within 16 post towns. These cover central Essex, plus a small part of east Hertfordshire and a very small part of the London Borough of Havering.
The UB postcode area, also known as the Southall postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in England, within six post towns. These cover parts of western and north-western Greater London, plus a very small part of Buckinghamshire. The letters in the postcodes are the phonemic abbreviation of Uxbridge.
The GU postcode area, also known as the Guildford postcode area, is a group of 38 postcode districts in South East England, within 24 post towns. These cover west Surrey, north-east Hampshire, northwestern West Sussex and a small part of south-east Berkshire.
The M postcode area, also known as the Manchester postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in the North West of England.
The WD postcode area, also known as the Watford postcode area, is a group of eleven postcode districts in Greater London and Hertfordshire, within seven post towns. These cover north west London (Hillingdon) and south-west Hertfordshire, plus very small parts of Buckinghamshire.
The NW postcode area, also known as the London NW postcode area, is a group of 13 postcode districts covering around 13,895 live postcodes within part of northwest London, England. It is the successor of the NW sector, originally created as part of the London postal district in 1856.
The RG postcode area, also known as the Reading postcode area, is a group of thirty postcode districts in England, within twelve post towns. These cover west and central Berkshire and north Hampshire, plus a small part of south-east Oxfordshire and very small parts of Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire.
The SE postcode area covers a broad radial swathe of the south-east of the London post town from the Albert Embankment to West Heath and the nearest edges of Sidcup and Selhurst. It loosely corresponds to the Boroughs named after Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich plus indicated parts of those named after Croydon (north), Lambeth (east), Bexley (west) and Bromley.
The OX postcode area, also known as the Oxford postcode area, is a group of 26 postcode districts in south-central England, within 17 post towns. These cover most of Oxfordshire, plus very small parts of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.
The N (Northern) postcode area, also known as the London N postcode area, is the part of the London post town covering part of North London, England. It is a group of 25 postcode districts which covers around 17,429 live postcodes.
The G postcode area, also known as the Glasgow postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in central Scotland, within five post towns. These districts are primarily centered on Glasgow itself, and West Dunbartonshire, plus parts of the council areas of Argyll and Bute, East Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and Stirling.
The SW postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area, is a group of 20 postcode districts within the London post town in England. The area comprises the South Western operational district and the Battersea operational district, and is the only area within the London post town to lie on both sides of the River Thames.