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London SE
SE is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°27′58″N 0°01′55″W / 51.466°N 0.032°W / 51.466; -0.032
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
London SE
Post towns1
Postcode districts30
Postcode sectors129
Postcodes (live)20,476
Postcodes (total)34,165
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The SE (South Eastern) postcode area covers a broad area of the south-east of the London, England post town from the Albert Embankment to West Heath and the nearest edges of Sidcup and Selhurst. It loosely corresponds to the boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich plus indicated parts of the boroughs of Croydon (north), Lambeth (east), Bexley (west) and Bromley (northwest).

Postal administration[edit]

The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SE district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the short-lived S district, with the rest going to SW. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917, by giving the district closest to London that hosted the head office the suffix "1" and all others alphabetically based on a locally important parish, chapelry, topological or built environment feature administering or close to the local distribution office.[2] SE28 is a late addition carved out of the existing districts SE2 and SE18 to reflect the building up of a new London district in what had been the meadows and marshes by the tidal Thames in the parish of Plumstead: Thamesmead.

Unlike SW, where a consecutive 50%, there ten, districts can more officially be traced into two alphabetical groups excluding SW1, SE has always technically followed the norm in that SE1 is the only head district. However SE19 was drawn up to serve the key distribution office serving Norwood after a complete alphabetical series so that those surrounding it and SE21 (Dulwich): SE20 and SE22 to SE27 are strictly alphabetical afresh (Anerley to West Norwood) but it has never technically been a "head district".[3] The postcode area is part of the London post town.[4] There are no dependent localities used in the postcode area.[4] SE1P is a non-geographic postcode district for PO boxes located in SE1.[5]

List of postcode districts[edit]

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[6]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
SE1 LONDON South Eastern head district: Bankside, South Bank, Lambeth (part), Southwark, Bermondsey (part), Vauxhall (part), Peckham (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE1P LONDON non-geographic for post office box numbers
SE2 LONDON Abbey Wood district: Abbey Wood, West Heath, Crossness, Thamesmead (part), Plumstead (part), Bostall Heath and Woods Greenwich, Bexley
SE3 LONDON Blackheath district: Blackheath, Kidbrooke, Westcombe Park Greenwich, Lewisham
SE4 LONDON Brockley district: Brockley, Crofton Park, Ladywell, Telegraph Hill Lewisham
SE5 LONDON Camberwell district: Camberwell, Denmark Hill, Peckham Lambeth, Southwark
SE6 LONDON Catford district: Catford, Bellingham, Hither Green (part), Rushey Green Lewisham
SE7 LONDON Charlton district: Charlton Greenwich
SE8 LONDON Deptford district: Deptford, Evelyn, Rotherhithe (part), St John's Lewisham, Greenwich, Southwark
SE9 LONDON Eltham district: Eltham, Mottingham, New Eltham, Well Hall, Avery Hill (part), Falconwood (part), Sidcup (part), Chinbrook (part), Longlands (part) Kidbrooke (part), Shooter's Hill (part) Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham
SE10 LONDON Greenwich district: Greenwich, Maze Hill, Greenwich Peninsula Greenwich, Lewisham
SE11 LONDON Kennington district: Kennington, Lambeth (part), Vauxhall (part), Oval (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE12 LONDON Lee district: Lee, Mottingham, Grove Park, Chinbrook, Hither Green (part), Eltham (part), Horn Park Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley
SE13 LONDON Lewisham district: Lewisham, Hither Green, Ladywell Lewisham, Greenwich
SE14 LONDON New Cross district: New Cross, Telegraph Hill Lewisham
SE15 LONDON Peckham district: Peckham, Nunhead, South Bermondsey (part) Southwark, Lewisham
SE16 LONDON Rotherhithe district: Rotherhithe (part), Surrey Quays, South Bermondsey (part) Southwark, Lewisham
SE17 LONDON Walworth district: Walworth, Elephant and Castle, Kennington (part), Newington Southwark
SE18 LONDON Woolwich district: Woolwich, Royal Arsenal, Plumstead, Shooter's Hill Greenwich
SE19 LONDON Norwood district: Upper Norwood, Crystal Palace, Gipsy Hill (part) Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark, Bromley
SE20 LONDON Anerley district: Anerley, Crystal Palace (part), Penge, Beckenham (part) Bromley
SE21 LONDON Dulwich district: Dulwich, Dulwich Village, Tulse Hill (part), West Dulwich Southwark, Lambeth
SE22 LONDON East Dulwich district: East Dulwich, Peckham Rye Southwark
SE23 LONDON Forest Hill district: Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Crofton Park (part), Perry Vale Lewisham, Southwark
SE24 LONDON Herne Hill district: Herne Hill, Tulse Hill (part), West Dulwich (part) Lambeth, Southwark
SE25 LONDON South Norwood district: South Norwood, Selhurst (part), Thornton Heath (part), Woodside (part) Croydon
SE26 LONDON Sydenham district: Sydenham, Crystal Palace (part) Lewisham, Bromley, Southwark
SE27 LONDON West Norwood district: West Norwood, Gipsy Hill (part), Tulse Hill (part) Lambeth
SE28 LONDON Thamesmead district: Thamesmead Greenwich, Bexley


SE1 has a very long tidal Thames frontage and is in Central London as is SE11, named after Kennington, close to Westminster. SE2–SE18 are spread across the north and east of the postcode area; enquiring into their naming system explains how SE2, SE7, SE8, SE10, SE16 and SE18 also front the river. Postcode districts SE19–SE27 form a group in the southwest. The later addition, SE28, is in the northeast corner of the first group. The postcode area maps roughly to the combined area of the London Borough of Southwark, London Borough of Lewisham and Royal Borough of Greenwich. the eastern part of the London Borough of Lambeth, the northern part of the London Borough of Croydon, the western part of the London Borough of Bexley and the northwestern part of the London Borough of Bromley are within the postcode area.

In 2002, some residents in West Heath, a slight projection with neighbouring areas, wished to have their postcodes changed from SE2 to the adjacent DA7 postcode district, citing higher insurance for their houses, belongings and cars as reasons to change. Royal Mail has said it will not consider changes to postcodes for these reasons.[7]


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SE postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.BR postcode areaCR postcode areaDA postcode areaE postcode areaEC postcode areaIG postcode areaRM postcode areaSW postcode areaW postcode areaWC postcode area
SE postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby BR, CR, DA, E, EC, IG, RM, SW and WC postcode areas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ONS Postcode Directory Version Notes" (ZIP). National Statistics Postcode Products. Office for National Statistics. May 2020. Table 2. Retrieved 19 June 2020. Coordinates from mean of unit postcode points, "Code-Point Open". OS OpenData. Ordnance Survey. February 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
  2. ^ "Postcodes" (PDF). Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum and Archive. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  3. ^ Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1980). The Inner London Letter Post. HMSO. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Royal Mail (2004). Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group.
  5. ^ "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930. Archived from the original on 20 October 2004. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Cracking the codes not easy". This is Local London. 12 March 2002. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2010.

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