top things i will miss #11

I remember after we announced we were moving to London, a few friends put us in touch with Americans they knew who were living here, as a way to gain guidance, perspective, maybe make a new friend and just generally ease the transition. It happens to anyone foreign who moves anywhere. People come out of the woodwork with their mom’s colleague’s daughter’s ex-boyfriend who spent a few minutes in the place you’re going.

Well Jeff put me in touch with Scott and Scott wrote Bryan and I a very long, detailed email which was chock full of practical information, such as how opening a bank account would be as difficult as solving Pi (it’s been solved, right?). He also waxed on and on and on and on about the beauty of post codes. And then Ari did the same thing. And I was like, why are these guys nerding out on post codes?


oh holy everything

#11 post codes

are the bomb.

A post code identifies your address only. So it’s all you need for GPS/sat nav or to give anyone that’s coming to your house directions. It also helps when you hear or see one to get a much more specific idea of where someone lives or where a place is located. It’s a great aid in looking for flats and houses as it can pretty specifically narrow down by street and block where you would be willing to move. The post code scheme makes sense and how London is divided makes sense and you know where something is just by seeing the beginning of the alphanumeric code.


W1 forever.

W1 represent.



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4 responses to “top things i will miss #11

  1. The divide between the W blue section and the SW green section doesn’t follow the river, but the river is the divider from the centre to the east. Irrelevant, but true. I’ve never seen a postcode map of London done in different colours, so I’ve never noticed before.

    • yael

      Oh that’s interesting. You made me want to stare at it for longer so I just did. I don’t understand why W postcodes really just fan west horizontally but E postcodes also go very far north. Like E4 doesn’t even make sense.

      So I just looked online for the answer:
      “*Changes to NE and S*
      The NE and S divisions were abolished following a report by Anthony Trollope. In 1866 NE was merged into the E district, transferring places such as Walthamstow, Wanstead and Leytonstone. Also at this time the outer boundary was retracted in the east, removing places such as Great Ilford from the postal district altogether. In 1868 the S district was split between SE and SW. The NE and S codes have been re-used in the national postcode system and now refer to the NE postcode area around Newcastle upon Tyne and the S postcode area around Sheffield.”

  2. Oh, that’s right. NW, SW and SE are London, but NE is Newcastle.

    N is a postcode in London, but S is Sheffield.

    I could never understand why no-one uses their full zip codes in the US. There are 5 numbers, and then 4, which pretty much pinpoint your street/house. But no-one uses those final 4. Why not? Enquiring minds want to know.

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