NW postcode area

NW postcode area
London NW postcode area
NW is located in the 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
NW postcode area is located in Greater London
Locations in Greater London
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 postcode districts covering part of northwest London, England. It is the successor of the NW sector, originally created as part of the London postcode district in 1856.


Postal administration

The London postal arrangements were 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. The district names are no longer included in the postal address because the first part of the postcode contains equivalent sorting information.[2]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[4]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area
NW1 LONDON North Western head district: Marylebone (part), Euston, Regent's Park, Camden Town, Somers Town, Primrose Hill (part), Gospel Oak (part) and Lisson Grove (part) Camden, Westminster
NW2 LONDON Cricklewood district: Cricklewood, Willesden (part), Neasden (part), Dollis Hill, Childs Hill (most of) Barnet, Brent, Camden
NW3 LONDON Hampstead district: Hampstead, Chalk Farm, Primrose Hill (part), Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park, Gospel Oak (part), Frognal, Childs Hill (a small part) Camden
NW4 LONDON Hendon district: Hendon, Brent Cross Barnet
NW5 LONDON Kentish Town district: Kentish Town, Tufnell Park (part), Dartmouth Park, Gospel Oak (part) Camden, Islington
NW6 LONDON Kilburn district: Kilburn, Brondesbury, West Hampstead, Queen's Park Brent, Camden, Westminster
NW7 LONDON Mill Hill district: Mill Hill, Arkley (part) Barnet
NW8 LONDON St John's Wood district: St John's Wood, Primrose Hill (part), Lisson Grove (part) Camden, Westminster
NW9 LONDON The Hyde district: The Hyde, Colindale, Kingsbury, Queensbury (part), West Hendon (part) Barnet, Brent, Harrow
NW10 LONDON Willesden district: Willesden, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Stonebridge, Brent Park, Church End, Neasden (part), Acton (part), Park Royal (part), Brent, Ealing, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea , Hammersmith and Fulham
NW11 LONDON Golders Green district: Golders Green, Hampstead Garden Suburb (part) Barnet
NW26 LONDON Non-geographic postcode district (located in NW1)


Postcode district NW1 is central to London, with the NW2–11 postcode districts radiating outwards to the northwest. The boundaries of the area and its numbered districts have changed over time and are the result of the working requirements of Royal Mail. 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 Borough of Barnet, London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Camden with small parts of the City of Westminster, the London Borough of Ealing, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, London Borough of Harrow and London Borough of Islington. The NW7 district extends to the Greater London boundary with Hertfordshire and follows that boundary for a short distance near Scratch Wood.

Adjacent areas

Adjacent postcode areas
HA West NW East N

Clockwise from the east, the adjacent postcode areas are: N (London N), EC (London EC), WC (London WC), W (London W), HA (Harrow), WD (Watford), EN (Enfield). The remainder of northwest London is covered by the HA, UB, part of the EN and a small section of WD postcode areas.


  1. ^ "National Statistics Postcode Directory" (PDF). Office for National Statistics Postcode Directory (November 2006). Office for National Statistics. November 2006. http://www.statistics.gov.uk/geography/downloads/NSPDVersionNotes.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  2. ^ a b Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group. 
  3. ^ "Postcodes". Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum and Archive. http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/history/downloads/BPMA_Info_Sheet_Postcodes_web.pdf. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930. http://www.londonancestor.com/po/1map-w.htm. 

External links

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

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