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London E postcode area
E is located in United Kingdom
Postcode area E
Postcode area name London E
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 21
Postcode sectors 91
Postcodes (live) 16,076
Postcodes (total) 23,828


Statistics as at October 2006[1]

The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area,[2] is the part of the London postal district covering part of east London, England and also Sewardstone in Essex.

The postcode area covers the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the London Borough of Waltham Forest and the London Borough of Newham and parts of the London Borough of Hackney and the London Borough of Redbridge. The postcode area does not cover all of East London; the remainder is covered by the RM and IG postcode areas. Some parts of Hackney are in the N postcode area. The E4 postal district uniquely extends beyond the Greater London boundary and covers part of the Epping Forest district of Essex around Sewardstone.[3]



The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas created in 1858. In 1917 the postal districts were numbered alphabetically by their location;[4] the districts usually cover a wider area than their names might suggest. As of 2004, the district names do not form part of the postal address.[2]

Due to high demand, sector 9 of the E1 postcode district was split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping;[5] the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. Where districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, E1 and E1W continue to be classed as one 'district'. The E postcode area contains two non-geographic districts for high-volume business users.


The approximate coverage of the postal districts:

Postcode district Post town 1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
E1 LONDON Head district Aldgate (part), Whitechapel, Shoreditch (part), Spitalfields, Shadwell, Stepney, Mile End (part) Tower Hamlets, Hackney
E1W n/a Wapping Tower Hamlets
E2 Bethnal Green Haggerston, Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath Tower Hamlets, Hackney
E3 Bow Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford, Mile End, Three Mills, London Gas Museum Tower Hamlets, Newham
E4 Chingford Sewardstone & Highams Park Waltham Forest, Epping Forest
E5 Clapton Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton, Leyton (part) Stoke Newington (part) Hackney, Waltham Forest
E6 East Ham Beckton, Upton Park (part), Barking (part) Newham, Barking and Dagenham
E7 Forest Gate Stratford (part) Newham, Waltham Forest
E8 Hackney Dalston, London Fields Hackney
E9 Homerton Hackney Wick, South Hackney, Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E10 Leyton Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes (Part) Upper Clapton (part), Walthamstow Marshes Waltham Forest, Hackney
E11 Leytonstone[6] Wanstead, Snaresbrook, Cann Hall Waltham Forest, Redbridge
E12 Manor Park Little Ilford, Aldersbrook Newham, Redbridge
E13 Plaistow West Ham (part), Upton Park (part) Newham
E14 Poplar Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Canary Wharf, Blackwall, Cubitt Town Tower Hamlets
E15 Stratford West Ham (part), Maryland, Leyton (part), Leytonstone (part) Temple Mills (Part), Hackney Wick (part), Bow (part) Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E16 Victoria Docks Silvertown, North Woolwich, Canning Town, Custom House, London City Airport Newham
E17 Walthamstow Upper Walthamstow Waltham Forest
E18 Woodford South Woodford Redbridge

Adjacent areas

The adjacent postcode areas are (clockwise from east) - IG (Ilford) - SE (London SE) - EC (London EC) - N (London N) - EN (Enfield) .
Adjacent postcode areas



See also


  1. ^ "National Statistics Postcode Directory" (PDF). Office for National Statistics Postcode Directory (November 2006). Office for National Statistics. November 2006. Retrieved 2009-05-29.  
  2. ^ a b Royal Mail, Address Management Guide, (2004)
  3. ^ Museum of London - Map of E4 postal district
  4. ^ British Postal Museum & Archive Information Sheet - Postcodes (PDF)
  5. ^ Royal Mail, Postcode Update 29, (1999)
  6. ^ HMSO, Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area, (1930), cited in London Ancestor

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°00′E / 51.54°N 0.00°E / 51.54; 0.00



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