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From the Albert Embankment to West Heath and the closest outskirts of Sidcup and Selhurst, the SE (South Eastern) postcode area encircles a large radial swath of the south-east of the London post town. It roughly corresponds to the boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, and Greenwich, as well as the highlighted portions of the boroughs of Croydon (north), Lambeth (east), Bexley (west), and Bromley (its northwest corner).
The SE district served as the area’s original name until 1857. A portion of the short-lived S district’s land was added to it in 1868, with the remainder moving to the SW. It was divided into numbered districts in 1917, with the district that housed the head office and was closest to London receiving the suffix “1” and the remaining districts being arranged alphabetically based on a significant parish, topological feature, or built environment feature that oversaw or was close to the local distribution office. To commemorate the development of a new London district in what had been the meadows and marshes along the tidal Thames in the parish of Plumstead: Thamesmead, SE28 is a late addition that was cut out of the existing districts SE2 and SE18.
In contrast to SW, which has 10 consecutive districts that can more formally be divided into two alphabetical groups (with the exception of SW1), SE has always adhered to the standard in that SE1 is the only head district. Although SE19 has never formally been a “head district,” it was created to serve the major distribution office for Norwood following a full alphabetical series. SE21 (Dulwich), SE20, and SE22 to SE27 are strictly alphabetical afresh (Anerley to West Norwood).
Both SE11, named after Kennington and located close to Westminster, and SE1 have very long tidal Thames frontages. SE2-SE18 are distributed throughout the postcode area’s north and east; learning more about their naming conventions explains why SE2, SE7, SE8, SE10, SE16, and SE18 also front the river. In the southwest, the postcode areas SE19–SE27 are grouped together. The northeastern portion of the first group has addition SE28. The postcode region largely corresponds to the combined area of the London boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, and Greenwich. Within the postal code are the northeastern part of London Borough Bromley, the western part of London Borough Bexley, the eastern part of London Borough Lambeth, the northern part of London Borough Croydon, and the western section of Bexley.

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
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 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, 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

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