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London SW postcode area
SW is located in United Kingdom
Postcode area SW
Postcode area name London SW
Post towns 1
Postcode districts 28
Postcode sectors 121
Postcodes (live) 22,318
Postcodes (total) 32,642
Statistics as at October 2006 [1]

The SW (South Western and Battersea) postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area[2], is a group of postcode districts covering part of south west London, England. The area originates from the South Western (SW1-10) and Battersea (SW11-20) districts[3] of the London postal district.



The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SW district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the abolished S district, with the rest going to SE. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917.[4]


The approximate coverage of the postal districts:


South Western

The South Western district[3] consists of the postcode districts SW1-10.[5] The SW1 postcode district is of very high density development and has been relatively recently divided into smaller postcode districts. Where districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, the SW1 subdivisions continue to be classed as one 'district'. SW99 is a non-geographic postcode used for large businesses in the SW9 district.[2] The South Western district includes postcode districts on both sides of the Thames.

Postcode district Post town 1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
SW1A LONDON n/a Whitehall and Buckingham Palace Westminster
SW1E LONDON n/a between Buckingham Gate and Victoria Station Westminster
SW1H LONDON n/a east of Buckingham Gate Westminster
SW1P LONDON n/a triangular area between Victoria Station, the Houses of Parliament, and Vauxhall Bridge; eastern part of Pimlico Westminster
SW1V LONDON n/a triangular area between Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, and Victoria Station; Pimlico proper Westminster
SW1W LONDON n/a area between Sloane Square and Victoria Station, south of Kings Road Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1X LONDON n/a Belgravia, north of Kings Road Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1Y LONDON n/a St. James's Westminster
SW2 LONDON Brixton Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill Lambeth
SW3 LONDON Chelsea Brompton Kensington and Chelsea
SW4 LONDON Clapham Stockwell Lambeth
SW5 LONDON Earls Court South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea
SW6 LONDON Fulham Hammersmith and Fulham
SW7 LONDON South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea
SW8 LONDON South Lambeth Vauxhall, Battersea Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW9 LONDON Stockwell Brixton (part) Lambeth
SW10 LONDON West Brompton Chelsea (part) Kensington and Chelsea
SW99 LONDON non-geographic (located in SW9) Freemans & Mail Order Traders Association


The Battersea district[3] consists of the postcode districts SW11-20.[5] It is entirely south of the Thames.

Postcode district Post town 1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
SW11 LONDON Head district (Battersea) Clapham South Wandsworth
SW12 Balham Clapham South, Hyde Farm Wandsworth, Lambeth
SW13 Barnes Richmond upon Thames
SW14 Mortlake East Sheen Richmond upon Thames
SW15 Putney Roehampton University Wandsworth
SW16 Streatham Norbury, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Eastfields Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth, Merton
SW17 Tooting Mitcham Wandsworth
SW18 Wandsworth Southfields, Earlsfield Wandsworth
SW19 Wimbledon
("SW19" is sometimes used as a synonym for the Wimbledon tennis tournament.)
Colliers Wood, Southfields Merton, Wandsworth
SW20 West Wimbledon Raynes Park Merton

Adjacent areas

The adjacent postcode areas are (clockwise from east) - SE (London SE) - CR (Croydon) - SM (Sutton) - KT (Kingston upon Thames) - TW (Twickenham) - W (London W) .
Adjacent postcode areas



Places of interest

SW1 contains several distinctive postcodes:

SW6 contains two top flight Football grounds, Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge and Fulham FC's Craven Cottage.

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. ^ a b c HMSO, The Inner London Letter Post, (1980)
  4. ^ British Postal Museum & Archive - Postcodes (PDF)
  5. ^ a b HMSO, Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal Area, (1930)

Coordinates: 51°28′N 0°10′W / 51.467°N 0.167°W / 51.467; -0.167


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