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London NW postcode area
NW is located in United Kingdom
Postcode area NW
Postcode area name London NW
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 12
Postcode sectors 79
Postcodes (live) 14,677
Postcodes (total) 22,111
Statistics as at October 2006 [1]

The NW (North Western) postcode area, also known as the London NW postcode area[2], is a group of postal districts covering part of north west London, England. It is the successor of the NW sector, originally created as part of the London postal district in 1856.



The London postal arrangements were further refined in 1917 when the sub-districts (as appended to postal addresses) were given new alpha-numeric identities for public use;[3] 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]


The boundaries of the area and its numbered districts have changed over time and are the result of the working requirements of the Post Office. They are not tied to those of the local authority areas served; consequently a locality name might describe varying areas.

The postcode area contains large parts of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Camden with minor (some very small) parts of the City of Westminster, the London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Ealing, and Hertsmere District. The remainder of north west London is covered by the HA, UB, part of the EN and a small section of WD postcode areas.

The NW7 district extends to the Greater London boundary with Hertfordshire and follows that boundary for a short distance near Scratch Wood.[4]

Postal district Post town Location in Greater London
and London postal district (red)
1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Head district (Euston) Camden Town, Somers Town, Primrose Hill (part), Lisson Grove (part), Gospel Oak (part). Camden, Westminster
NW1W non-geographic
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Cricklewood Willesden (part), Neasden (part), Dollis Hill, Childs Hill Barnet, Brent, Camden
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Hampstead Chalk Farm, Primrose Hill (part), Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park, Gospel Oak (Part), Frognal Barnet, Camden
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Hendon Brent Cross Barnet
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Kentish Town Tufnell Park (part), Dartmouth Park, Gospel Oak (part) Camden, Islington
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Kilburn Brondesbury, West Hampstead, Queen's Park Camden, Brent, Westminster
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Mill Hill Arkley (part) Barnet
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
St John's Wood Primrose Hill (part), Lisson Grove (part) Camden, Westminster
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
The Hyde Colindale, Kingsbury, Queensbury (part), West Hendon (part) Barnet, Brent, Harrow[5]
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Willesden Acton (part), Harlesden, Kensal Green, Neasden (part), Old Oak Common, Park Royal Brent, Hammersmith and Fulham, Ealing
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
n/a (Golders Green by 1930 [6]) Hampstead Garden Suburb (part) Barnet

Adjacent areas

The adjacent postcode areas are (clockwise from east) - N (London N) - EC (London EC) - WC (London WC) - W (London W) - HA (Harrow) - WD (Watford) - 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. ^ British Postal Museum & Archive Information Sheet - Postcodes (PDF)
  4. ^ Museum of London - Map of NW7 postal district
  5. ^ Honeypot Close in London Borough of Harrow is within NW9 postcode, the only address in the Borough which is inside the London Postal District; see: [1] and [2]
  6. ^ HMSO, Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area, (1930), cited in London Ancestor

Coordinates: 51°32′N 0°12′W / 51.54°N 0.20°W / 51.54; -0.20



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