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London E
E is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°32′42″N 0°00′50″W / 51.545°N 0.014°W / 51.545; -0.014
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
London E
Post towns1
Postcode districts22
Postcode sectors108
Postcodes (live)16,260
Postcodes (total)28,280
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The E (Eastern) postcode area, also known as the London E postcode area,[2] is the part of the London post town covering much of east London, England. It borders the N postcode area to the west, both north of the tidal Thames. Since closure of the East London mail centre, its mail is sorted at Romford Mail Centre together with IG and RM postcode areas.

Postal administration

The current E postcode area was originally formed in 1866 as a merger of the E and NE areas, which had been created in 1858. In 1917, the postal districts were numbered alphabetically by their most important parish, chapelry, topographical or built environment feature.[3] As of 2004, the district names do not form part of the postal address.[2] High demand caused sector 9 of the E1 postcode district to be split and recoded in 1999 to create an E1W postcode district around Wapping,[4] but the rest of the district did not gain an additional character. When districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, E1 and E1W continue to be commonly classed as one 'district'. The E postcode area contains two non-geographic postcode districts for high-volume business users, E77 and E98.[5]

The Eastern District Office is on Whitechapel Road and was the eastern terminus for the former London Post Office Railway, which has been mothballed since 2003. The railway ran 10.5 kilometres (6.5 mi) to the Paddington Head District Sorting Office.

The E20 postcode has been used fictionally in television soap-opera EastEnders since 1985. It has been a real postcode since 2011 carved from and only bordered by the E15 postcode, its buildings marketed as and often self-identifying as Olympic Park and Queen Elizabeth Park. It includes landmark sports venues built for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[6]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts,[7] with the historic postal district names[8][9] in italics, is as follows:

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
E1 LONDON Eastern head district: Aldgate (part), Bishopsgate (part), Whitechapel, Shoreditch (part), Spitalfields, Shadwell, Limehouse, Stepney, Mile End (part), Portsoken Tower Hamlets, Hackney, City of London
E1W LONDON Wapping district: Wapping, St Katharine Docks, Shadwell (part) Tower Hamlets
E2 LONDON Bethnal Green district: Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Hoxton (part), Shoreditch (part), Cambridge Heath Tower Hamlets, Hackney
E3 LONDON Bow district: Bow, Bow Common, Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford, Mile End, Fish Island, Mill Meads (part) Tower Hamlets, Newham
E4 LONDON Chingford district: Chingford, Waltham Abbey (part), Highams Park, Woodford Green (part) Waltham Forest, Epping Forest
E5 LONDON Clapton district: Leyton (Part), Upper Clapton, Lower Clapton Hackney, Waltham Forest
E6 LONDON East Ham district: East Ham, Beckton, Upton Park (part), Barking (part) Newham, Barking and Dagenham
E7 LONDON Forest Gate district: Forest Gate, Leytonstone (Part), Stratford (part) Newham, Waltham Forest
E8 LONDON Hackney district: Hackney Central, Dalston, London Fields, Haggerston (part) Hackney
E9 LONDON Homerton district: Homerton, Hackney Wick, South Hackney, Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E10 LONDON Leyton district: Leyton, Temple Mills, Hackney Marshes (part) Upper Clapton (part), Walthamstow Marshes Waltham Forest, Hackney
E11 LONDON Leytonstone district: Leytonstone, Wanstead, Aldersbrook (part), Snaresbrook, Cann Hall Waltham Forest, Redbridge
E12 LONDON Manor Park district: Manor Park, Little Ilford, Aldersbrook (part) Newham, Redbridge
E13 LONDON Plaistow district: Plaistow, West Ham (part), Upton Park (part) Newham
E14 LONDON Poplar district: Poplar, Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Canary Wharf, Millwall, Blackwall, Cubitt Town, South Bromley, North Greenwich, Leamouth Tower Hamlets
E15 LONDON Stratford district: Stratford, West Ham (part), Maryland, Leyton (part), Leytonstone (part) Temple Mills (part), Hackney Wick (part), Bow (part) Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E16 LONDON Victoria Docks and North Woolwich district: Canning Town, Silvertown, Royal Docks, North Woolwich, Beckton (part), Custom House, London City Airport Newham
E17 LONDON Walthamstow district: Walthamstow, Upper Walthamstow, Leyton (part) Waltham Forest
E18 LONDON Woodford and South Woodford district: Woodford, South Woodford Redbridge
E20 LONDON Olympic Park district: Olympic Park, and parts of Stratford, Homerton, Leyton, Bow Newham, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Tower Hamlets
E77 LONDON Non-geographic postcode district (NatWest, delivers to E1) Tower Hamlets
E98 LONDON Non-geographic postcode district (News International, delivers to E1W) Tower Hamlets

The E17 postcode district is one of four to have a population above 100,000.[10]


The E postcode district is bounded by the River Thames to the south. Postcode districts E6, E14 and E16 also have river frontages in the south. The River Roding and the North Circular Road form part of the boundary in the east. The postcode area is roughly the combined area of the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest. Also, the eastern part of the London Borough of Hackney, the western sections of the London Boroughs of Redbridge (E11, E12, E18) and Barking and Dagenham (E6) and a small part of the Epping Forest District (E4), are within the postcode area.

In popular culture


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E postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby EC, EN, IG, N and SE postcode areas.

The postcode area excludes parts of East London like the following:

See also


  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. ^ a b Royal Mail (2004). Address Management Guide (4 ed.). Royal Mail Group.
  3. ^ "Postcodes" (PDF). Archive Information Sheet. The British Postal Museum & Archive. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  4. ^ Royal Mail, Postcode Update 29, (1999).
  5. ^ "Royal Mail Non-Geographic Postcodes" (PDF). Royal Mail. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 10 March 2008.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Staff (19 March 2011). "Olympic Park To Share EastEnders' Walford E20 Postcode". BBC News. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  7. ^ London Postcode and Administrative Boundaries. Geographers A-Z Map Co Ltd. 2013.
  8. ^ "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal Area". HMSO. 1930.
  9. ^ "Map of London District Names and Numbers", from the 1963 edition of Bartholomew's Reference Atlas of Greater London (via Flickr).
  10. ^ "FOI request: Population for every postcode district in England and Wales". The National Archives. Archived from the original on 5 January 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)