How the London Postcodes work

london aboveMany people visiting London for the first time often book their hotels online. The problem for many is that having never been to London, they have to make their own assumptions on the location of the Hotel. So this is a rough guide to help you select the best situated hotels throughout the London Districts.

Rock legend Rod Stewart is continuing his run at the O2 centre until 3rd June. He will be performing all his classics and of course some of his more recent recordings. Tickets are still available for some nights; see the O2 website for details.
Also at the O2 Centre from the 7th till 26th will be Bon Jovi. This well-known rock band will be performing all their classic tracks and playing some new material too.  Tickets are from £30 to £73.65
Something special on the 12th will be ‘Trooping of the Colour’ which dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century. This annual event is held at Horse Guards parade to mark the Queen’s birthday. All the pageantry and spectacle that the British are known for will be on full display. Entry does require advance tickets; however if you can’t get a ticket the procession can be seen down the Mall for free. If you want to see it you should get there by 10.00 a.m.
The 5th is Epsom Derby day; one of the oldest and most famous horse races in the world. This year it will be in the presence of her Majesty the Queen. Tickets cost from £15 – £70.00.
On 15th to the 19th another famous racing event takes place. Royal Ascot it is one of the most well-known events in the horse racing calendar with her Majesty the Queen attending every day during the meeting. Over 500,000 visitors attend the racing over the 5 day duration of the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Royal Ascot Website.
Like food? Then ‘A Taste of London’ on the 17th till the 20th is bound to take your fancy. The food show takes place in Regents Park and is a must for anyone who loves a variety of good food. As well as the many food stands to visit, you will also be able to sample fine food and drink from some of Britain’s top restaurants and see cookery demonstrations from top chefs. Further details can be found on the event website.
Between the 18th and 20th marks the 180th anniversary of the opening of Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building.  This weekend there will be many events to celebrate the occasion, including a giant birthday cake, ice sculptures, party games on the piazza, workshops, entertainment from Covent Garden’s street performers and much more.
Come and bag a bargain. On the19th the famous Harrods summer sale begins. Make sure you come early to get the best buys. This event is always very popular so be prepared for big crowds.
The start of Wimbledon is on the 21st.  This famous tennis tournament goes on for two whole weeks, with the best tennis players from all over the world competing to see who will be Wimbledon Ladies and Men’s Champion for 2010.
The City of London Festival 2010 starts on the 21st. The event is on till the end of the month and there will be lots of midsummer concerts and events.  Every Summer this event brings the cities’ unique buildings and spaces to life.  Most of the events are free.
If you love music then check out the Hard Rock Festival in Hyde Park; an event not to be missed. It starts on the 25th and runs over three days. The concerts will feature headlining artists like Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam with supporting bands such as The Hives, Gomez, The Gaslight Anthem and many more.  Tickets from £47.50 – £62.50.
Starting on the 25th till the 27th is The Clothes Show taking place at Earls Court, London.  The event is based on the popular T.V. show that bares the same name; it is the largest fashion and beauty show in the world. Featuring catwalk shows, hair and beauty demonstrations plus loads more stands showing the art of fashion and beauty. Tickets are £24.00.
The 30th June marks the first day of Henley Royal Regatta. This event is very high up on the social sporting calendar and dates back to 1839. If you like the spectacle of two teams challenging each other in a rowing race down the Thames, this is for you.  With many marquees supplying the refreshments of cool Pimms or a chilled Beer what better way to spend a nice summer’s afternoon. Enclosure price is from £11 – £18.00 on weekends.

Unlike many postcodes or Zip codes, the London postcodes do actually have a meaning that will help an online customer make their selection. At the beginning of every code you will always find letters. This could range from W1, WC2 up to SE2. The letters at the beginning of the postcode tell you which part of London the address can be located. So W1, is West 1, WC2 is West Central 2, N1 will be North 1 and so forth. So when you see SW7, it means the address is South West of Central London, and the postcodes each reflect the direction they are from Central London, with Central London being represented as W1.

The best postcodes to look for if you want to stay near the centre are W1, W2, WC1, WC2, SW1, SW5, and SW7. All these postcodes are north of the River Thames and are near the all the main attractions for tourists. The ones to avoid are anything that show SE as that is on the South side of the River Thames, and also anything that shows SW2, SW3, 4, 6, 8 and 9 all the way up to SW21, which will take you all the way out to Wimbledon, which is quite a distance from Central London. Others to avoid are addresses with just N at the beginning, NW, and also avoid all SE postcodes.

E or EC1, 2, 3, and 4 is the city district, and as the numbers become higher, the further east from Central London the districts become.

This is a rough guide but when looking for a hotel, check the address and make sure you check the post code, as this will help in making the right decision on selecting the correct Hotel for you.

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