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South London is the southern part of London, England.

Two criteria are used to determine whether a district is in South London: whether it is south of the River Thames and whether it falls within the South London postal code areas (SE or SW). Districts that satisfy both criteria are universally considered as 'South London'. Districts that satisfy only one criterion are judged on a case-by-case basis.


Boundary Commission definition

South London as defined by the Boundary Commission

The Boundary Commission for England defines South London as the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton and Wandsworth.[1]

The Boundary Commission was established in 1986, for the purposes of determining the boundaries of constituencies for elections to the UK Parliament. The commission defined South London as consisting of every borough south of the River Thames.

The commission paired together boroughs with similar interests, which included Bexley with Greenwich, Lewisham with Bromley, Lambeth with Southwark, and Kingston with Richmond. It is for this reason that the Boundary Commission defines Richmond solely as a South London borough, even though it straddles both sides of the River Thames.

London Plan definition

South London as defined by the London Plan

The London Plan defines South East London as the boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Bromley and Southwark, and South West London as the boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth.[2] The South East and South West London areas are contained entirely within the Boundary Commission's definition of South London.

The sub-regions were created to aid the growth and development of London, overseen by the Mayor of London. The plan describes sub-regions as a flexible concept, with the aim to develop the strategic policies in the London Plan and to provide the focus for implementation.[3] The South London area was split into two sub-regions, the South East and the South West, each with its own Sub Regional Implementation Framework.

The South West has a population of 1.6 million. It provides 730,000 jobs, and is one of the wealthiest sub-regions in London. In contrast, the South East has a population of 1.3 million, the lowest of any sub-region. Additionally, the South East provides 500,000 jobs, which is also the lowest for any sub-region. It is for this reason that he London Plan singles out the South East region for including part of a national priority regeneration corridor, the Thames Gateway, as well as and part of the Central Activities Zone.[4]

Colloquial use

Aside from the official definitions, South London refers to areas south of Central London and the River Thames. This area overlaps the informal Central, South East and South West London areas. Some of these districts are included in the South Eastern and South Western postcode areas. This area is included in all or part of the following boroughs, listed with postcode areas, direction from Charing Cross (the nominal centre of London), sub-region they are part of for planning purposes, and London Assembly constituencies:

London borough Postcode areas Charing Cross Sub-region London Assembly[5]
LondonBexley.svg Bexley DA, SE east south-east South East Bexley and Bromley
LondonBromley.svg Bromley BR, SE south east South East Bexley and Bromley
LondonCroydon.svg Croydon CR, SE, SW south South West Croydon and Sutton
LondonGreenwich.svg Greenwich SE, DA, BR east south-east South East Greenwich and Lewisham
LondonKingston.svg Kingston KT, SW south west South West South West
LondonLambeth.svg Lambeth SE, SW south South West Lambeth and Southwark
LondonLewisham.svg Lewisham SE, BR south east South East Greenwich and Lewisham
LondonMerton.svg Merton CR, KT,SM, SW south west South West Merton and Wandsworth
LondonRichmond.svg Richmond SW, TW south west South West South West
LondonSouthwark.svg Southwark SE south South East Lambeth and Southwark
LondonSutton.svg Sutton SM south west South West Croydon and Sutton
LondonWandsworth.svg Wandsworth SW south west South West Merton and Wandsworth


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Coordinates: 51°26′N 0°5′W / 51.433°N 0.083°W / 51.433; -0.083



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