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SW postcode area

SW postcode area

The SW (South Western and Battersea) postcode area, also known as the London SW postcode area, is a group of postcode districts in south west London, England. The area originates from the South Western (SW1-10) and Battersea (SW11-20) districts of the London postal district.


The postcode area originated in 1857 as the SW district. In 1868 it gained some of the area of the abolished S district, with the rest going to SE. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917.


The approximate coverage of the postal districts:

South Western

The South Western district consists of the postcode districts SW1-10. The SW1 postcode district is of very high density development and has been relatively recently divided into smaller postcode districts. Where districts are used for purposes other than the sorting of mail, such as use as a geographic reference and on street signs, the SW1 subdivisions continue to be classed as one 'district'. SW99 is a non-geographic postcode used for large businesses located in the SW9 postcode district. The South Western district includes postcode districts on both sides of the Thames.

Postcode district Post town 1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
SW1A LONDON n/a Whitehall and Buckingham Palace Westminster
SW1E n/a between Buckingham Gate and Victoria Station Westminster
SW1H n/a east of Buckingham Gate Westminster
SW1P n/a triangular area between Victoria Station, the Houses of Parliament, and Vauxhall Bridge; eastern part of Pimlico Westminster
SW1V n/a triangular area between Vauxhall Bridge, Chelsea Bridge, and Victoria Station; Pimlico proper Westminster
SW1W n/a area between Sloane Square and Victoria Station, south of Kings Road Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1X n/a Belgravia, north of Kings Road Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea
SW1Y n/a St. James Westminster
SW2 Brixton Brixton Hill, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill Lambeth
SW3 Chelsea Brompton Kensington and Chelsea
SW4 Clapham Stockwell Lambeth
SW5 Earls Court South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea
SW6 Fulham Hammersmith and Fulham
SW7 South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea
SW8 South Lambeth Vauxhall, Battersea Lambeth, Wandsworth
SW9 Stockwell Brixton (part) Lambeth
SW10 West Brompton Chelsea (part) Kensington and Chelsea Hammersmith & Fulham - (part), Chelsea Harbour
SW99 non-geographic (located in SW9) Freemans & Mail Order Traders Association


The Battersea district consists of the postcode districts SW11-20. It is entirely south of the Thames.

Postcode district Post town 1917 name Additional coverage Local authority
SW11 LONDON Head district (Battersea) Clapham South Wandsworth
SW12 Balham Clapham South, Hyde Farm Wandsworth, Lambeth
SW13 Barnes Richmond upon Thames
SW14 Mortlake East Sheen Richmond upon Thames
SW15 Putney Wandsworth
SW16 Streatham Norbury, Streatham Park, Furzedown, Eastfields Lambeth, Croydon, Wandsworth, Merton
SW17 Tooting Mitcham Wandsworth
SW18 Wandsworth Southfields, Earlsfield Wandsworth
SW19 Wimbledon
("SW19" is sometimes used as a synonym for the Wimbledon tennis tournament.)
Colliers Wood, Southfields Merton, Wandsworth
SW20 West Wimbledon Raynes Park Merton

Adjacent areas

Places of interest

SW1 contains several distinctive postcodes:

See also


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