SE postcode area

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London SE postcode area
Postcode area SE
Postcode area name London SE
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 30
Postcode sectors 129
Postcodes (live) 20,305
Postcodes (total) 31,852
Statistics as at February 2012[1]

The SE (South Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London SE postcode area,[2] is the part of the London post town covering part of south-east London, England. It loosely corresponds to the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich, the northern part of the London Borough of Croydon, the eastern part of the London Borough of Lambeth, the western part of the London Borough of Bexley and the northwestern part of the London Borough of Bromley.

Postal administration

The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SE district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the abolished S district, with the rest going to SW. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917, by giving the district closest to London and the location of the head office the suffix "1" and then each district assigned a number alphabetically based on the location of the main office within the district.[3] SE28 is a much later addition carved out of the existing districts SE2 and SE18 in order to accommodate the development of Thamesmead. Unlike in the SW postcode area, where districts are also split into two alphabetical tranches, SE1 is the only head district, and although the numbering begins again at SE19 this is not a head district.[4] The postcode area is part of the London post town.[2] There are no dependent localities used in the postcode area.[2] SE1P is a non-geographic postcode district for PO boxes located in SE1.[5]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[6]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
SE1 LONDON South Eastern head district: Bankside, South Bank, Lambeth (part), Southwark, Bermondsey (part), Vauxhall (part), Old Kent Road (part) Lambeth, Southwark, City of London (part)
SE1P LONDON non-geographic
SE2 LONDON Abbey Wood district: Abbey Wood, West Heath, Crossness, Thamesmead (part) Bexley, Greenwich
SE3 LONDON Blackheath district: Blackheath, Kidbrooke, Westcombe Park Greenwich, Lewisham
SE4 LONDON Brockley district: Brockley, Crofton Park (part), Honor Oak, Ladywell (part) Lewisham, Southwark
SE5 LONDON Camberwell district: Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Peckham, Brixton (part) Southwark, Lambeth
SE6 LONDON Catford district: Catford, Bellingham, Hither Green (part) Lewisham
SE7 LONDON Charlton district: Charlton Greenwich
SE8 LONDON Deptford district: Deptford, Evelyn, Rotherhithe Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark
SE9 LONDON Eltham district: Eltham, Mottingham, New Eltham, Avery Hill (part), Falconwood (part), Sidcup (part), Chinbrook (part), Longlands (part) Kidbrooke (part), Shooter's Hill (part) Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham
SE10 LONDON Greenwich district: Greenwich, Maze Hill, Greenwich Peninsula Greenwich, Lewisham
SE11 LONDON Kennington district: Kennington, Lambeth (part), Vauxhall (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE12 LONDON Lee district: Lee, Grove Park, Chinbrook, Hither Green (part), Eltham (part), Horn Park, Blackheath (part) Greenwich, Lewisham
SE13 LONDON Lewisham district: Lewisham, Hither Green, Ladywell Greenwich, Lewisham
SE14 LONDON New Cross district: New Cross Lewisham
SE15 LONDON Peckham district: Peckham, Nunhead, South Bermondsey (part), Old Kent Road (part) Lewisham, Southwark
SE16 LONDON Rotherhithe district: Rotherhithe, Bermondsey (part), Surrey Quays, South Bermondsey (part) Lewisham, Southwark
SE17 LONDON Walworth district: Walworth, Kennington (part), Newington Southwark
SE18 LONDON Woolwich district: Woolwich, Royal Arsenal, Plumstead, Shooter's Hill Bexley, Greenwich
SE19 LONDON Norwood district: Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark
SE20 LONDON Anerley district: Anerley, Crystal Palace (part), Penge, Beckenham (part) Bromley
SE21 LONDON Dulwich district: Dulwich, Dulwich Village, West Dulwich, Tulse Hill (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE22 LONDON East Dulwich district: East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Loughborough Junction, Herne Hill Southwark
SE23 LONDON Forest Hill district: Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Crofton Park (part) Lewisham, Southwark
SE24 LONDON Herne Hill district: Herne Hill, Tulse Hill (part), Dulwich (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE25 LONDON South Norwood district: South Norwood, Selhurst (part), Thornton Heath (part), Woodside (part) Croydon
SE26 LONDON Sydenham district: Sydenham, Crystal Palace (part) Bromley, Lewisham, Southwark
SE27 LONDON West Norwood district: West Norwood, Gipsy Hill (part) Lambeth
SE28 LONDON Thamesmead district: Thamesmead Bexley, Greenwich


Postcode districts SE1 and SE11 have extensive River Thames frontages and are central to London. SE2–SE18 are organised in the northern part of the postcode area, with SE2, SE7, SE8, SE10, SE16 and SE18 also fronting the river. Postcode districts SE19–SE27 form a group in the southwest and SE28 is located in the extreme northeast. The postcode area maps roughly to the combined area of the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich. the eastern part of the London Borough of Lambeth, the northern part of the London Borough of Croydon, the western part of the London Borough of Bexley and the northwestern part of the London Borough of Bromley are within the postcode area.

In 2002, a small group of residents in the West Heath area wished to have their postcodes changed from SE2 to the adjacent DA7 postcode district, citing higher insurance for their houses, belongings and cars as reasons to change. Royal Mail has said it will not consider changes to postcodes for these reasons.[7]


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SE postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas. BR postcode area CR postcode area DA postcode area E postcode area EC postcode area IG postcode area RM postcode area SW postcode area W postcode area WC postcode area
SE postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby BR, CR, DA, E, EC, IG, RM, SW and WC postcode areas.

See also


  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. 1 2 3 Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group.
  3. "Postcodes" (PDF). Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum and Archive. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  4. Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1980). The Inner London Letter Post. HMSO.
  5. "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930.
  7. "Cracking the codes not easy". This is Local London. 12 March 2002. Retrieved 24 March 2010.

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