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London NW
NW is located in the United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°33′22″N 0°11′53″W / 51.556°N 0.198°W / 51.556; -0.198
CountryUnited Kingdom
Postcode area
Postcode area name
London NW
Post towns1
Postcode districts13
Postcode sectors81
Postcodes (live)13,895
Postcodes (total)25,552
Statistics as at May 2020[1]

The NW (North Western) postcode area, also known as the London NW postcode area,[2] is a group of 13 postcode districts covering around 13,895 live postcodes within part of northwest London, England. It is the successor of the NW sector, originally created as part of the London postal district in 1856.

Postal administration

London postal arrangements were refined in 1917 when all its postcode districts (seven radial which are large and two innermost, much smaller) became publicly sub-divided;[3] these were named after the location of the delivery office in each district. As London is one post town, district names are deprecated, in favour of the post town LONDON to be written/typed.[2]

Within each NW postcode district, PO boxes are allocated to a unique postcode sector, except for two districts which use all available sectors for ordinary addresses and therefore have their separate non-geographic districts: NW1W for PO boxes in NW1 and NW26 for PO boxes in NW10.[4]

List of postcode districts

The approximate coverage of the postcode districts, with the historic postal district names shown in italics:[5]

Postcode district Post town Coverage Local authority area(s)
NW1 LONDON North Western head district: Marylebone (part), Euston, Regent's Park, Baker Street, Camden Town, Somers Town, Primrose Hill (part) and Lisson Grove (part) Camden, Westminster
NW1W LONDON PO boxes in NW1[4] non-geographic
NW2 LONDON Cricklewood district: Cricklewood, Dollis Hill, Childs Hill, Golders Green (part), Brent Cross (part), Willesden (north), Neasden (north) Barnet, Brent, Camden
NW3 LONDON Hampstead district: Hampstead, Belsize Park, Frognal, Childs Hill (east), South Hampstead (north), Swiss Cottage (east), Primrose Hill (north), Chalk Farm (west), Gospel Oak Camden, Barnet
NW4 LONDON Hendon district: Hendon, Brent Cross (part) Barnet
NW5 LONDON Kentish Town district: Kentish Town, Camden Town (part), Gospel Oak (part), Dartmouth Park, Chalk Farm (east), Tufnell Park (west) Camden, Islington
NW6 LONDON Kilburn district: Kilburn, Brondesbury, West Hampstead, Queen's Park, Kensal Green (part), South Hampstead (south), Swiss Cottage (west) Brent, Camden, Westminster
NW7 LONDON Mill Hill district: Mill Hill, Arkley (part), Edgware (part) Barnet
NW8 LONDON St John's Wood district: St John's Wood, Primrose Hill (south), Marylebone (north), Lisson Grove (north) Westminster, Camden
NW9 LONDON The Hyde district: The Hyde, Colindale, Kingsbury, West Hendon, Wembley Park (part), Queensbury (part) Barnet, Brent, Harrow
NW10 LONDON Willesden district: Willesden, Harlesden, Kensal Green, Brent Park, College Park, Stonebridge, North Acton (part), West Twyford, Neasden (south), Old Oak Common, Park Royal (north), Queen's Park (part) Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea
NW11 LONDON Golders Green district: Golders Green, Temple Fortune, Hampstead Garden Suburb (west), Hendon (part), Brent Cross (part) Barnet
NW26 LONDON PO boxes in NW10[4] non-geographic


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 London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent and Camden with small parts of the City of Westminster and those of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Islington and Kensington & Chelsea. The NW7 district is a projection as far as Hertfordshire's near edge, which it mirrors or emulates briefly near Scratch Wood.

In popular culture

In 2008, the ska band Madness released a single called "NW5", named after the postal district of the same name.

In 2012, the British author Zadie Smith released a book called NW, named after the postal district of the same name, where the novel is set. The novel was adapted into a 2016 television film by the BBC.


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NW postcode area map, showing postcode districts, post towns and neighbouring postcode areas.EC postcode areaEN postcode areaHA postcode areaN postcode areaUB postcode areaW postcode areaWC postcode areaWD postcode area
NW postcode area map, showing postcode districts in red and post towns in grey text, with links to nearby EN, HA, N, W, WC and WD postcode areas.

The remainder of northwest Greater London is covered by the HA, UB, part of the EN and a small section of WD.

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 and Archive. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b c "Non Geographic Codes" (PDF). Royal Mail Address Management Unit. July 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Names of Streets and Places in the London Postal area". HMSO. 1930.