A Guide to London Postal Codes
UK Postcodes are unique and pinpoint the exact address
When you first arrive in London, you may be overwhelmed with just how much there is to see and do and experience in this vibrant and exciting city. But once you get yourself all settled in and start to take a closer look, you can discover many interesting facts about London that are unique and truly fascinating.
Like the London Postal Codes, for instance. Postal codes or “postcodes” are the U.K.’s version of Zip codes. They are an important part when sending mail as they are amazingly unique to each address along with the respective house number. Searching for a location with a UK Postcode is a surer way to find the address as opposed to using a street name which may be found in other areas too.
London postcodes are different from the usual postcodes around the country as they specifically correspond to compass locations using the official central point of Charing Cross Station in WC1 in the heart of London.During the 19th century population boom the city of London descended into disorder and chaos within the deliveries and sorting of the mail and demanded a more efficient arrangement for the postal system. It was not until a former teacher, Sir Rowland Hill, introduced a solution to divide the capital into 10 separate postal districts based around compass points within a circle of 12 miles radius from central London and in doing so brought about an enormous improvement to the circulation of the cities post.
No two postcodes are identical making it easy to locate the general area from the digits before the space and really pinpoint the address using the digits after the space. For example, 10 - SW1 2AA points exactly to 10, Downing Street in Westminster, the nation’s most popular address and home to the prime minister.
After the successful adoption of the compass postal code system, many other UK cities gradually began to implement it too like Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester & Glasgow amongst others.
Also interestingly, while post codes offer organisational divisions for postal services, they are different from London Boroughs that form the local governing administrative bodies.
In 2011, a new postcode “E20” was assigned to cover the Olympic Village area in preparation for the London Olympics 2012.
For some Londoners, postcodes play a crucial deciding factor when renting or buying a home. Postcodes can establish the “desirability” and reputation of an area and in turn affect the value of property sometimes leading to sky high asking prices for highly sought-after postcodes.
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