Postal/Zip Codes in the UK
The postal code system in the UK can pinpoint a location precisely and is therefore used for accurate information about location.
The system is made up of a series of 5, 6 or 7 letters and numbers:
The first letter or two letters indicate the general location. In London postcodes use the points of a compass making it is easy to know approximately where a building is:
Two 'compass' postcodes which are not in London are NE (Newcastle) and S (Sheffield). The only exception is for outer areas of London that actually fall within a county e.g. Twickenham (TW) or Bromley (BR). Although these addresses are in London boroughs, for address purposes they are not actually IN London.
The surrounding areas of London have the following postcodes:
Postcodes around the rest of the country begin with the letters of the local post office district, for example BT for Belfast, CF for Cardiff, EH for Edinburgh, and M for Manchester.
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