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Barking - The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham lies on the north side of the River Thames, close to the City of London. Although a residential area there is a wide range of industry, including the Ford Motor Company. The borough devotes 2.5 million square meters of floorspace to industry and warehousing and in contrast there are over 900 acres of parks and open spaces in the borough including the Chase Nature Reserve.

Close to London, there are art galleries, theatres, museums and great leisure facilities in the area as well as a reliable tube link into the heart of the capital.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham includes the following postcode areas, RM8, RM9, RM10, and IG11.

Ealing - Ealing is about 6 miles to the west of London’s city centre. It has a population of over a quarter of a million scattered around the borough’s towns, which include Ealing, Acton, Southall, Dormer’s Well, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale and Greenford. The borough is well-serviced by underground stations and roads, and its excellent shopping facilities add to its attractions. Its cultural diversity makes it one of the more fascinating and colourful of the London boroughs, with much to offer residents and visitors.

The borough’s growth was mainly during the late 19th and 20th centuries, and as a result, many of the buildings are modern, however there are a number of fine historic places of interest including Pitshanger Manor, which dates back to the 1760s. There are also a lot of parks and woods dotted about the borough – a reminder of its rural past.

Postcodes covered by the borough include UB1, UB2, UB5, UB6, W3, W5, W7 and W13.

Hackney - The London Borough of Hackney was created in 1965 by the amalgamation of the metropolitan boroughs Hackney, Stoke Newington and Shoreditch and has a long history stemming back to Anglo Saxon times. It is thought that the original town gains its name from the Anglo Saxon word haccun (to kill with a sword or axe) and ey meaning river, indicating a battle may have taken place on the River Lea.

As part of its millennium project the London Borough of Hackney is undergoing regeneration, and high rised flats are now replaced with attractive housing, making the area a more desirable place to live. The many art centers including the Clowns Gallery Museum, Institute of International Visual Art, and local East End Galleries are often housed in what were once wealthy, Victorian businessmens’ homes, and is quickly becoming one of the cultural centers of London.

Home to Hackney City Farm, Chats Palace, the Hackney Empire and Fassett Square, the inspiration behind the famous Eastenders, Albert Square, there is much on offer to those who visit and stay in the area.

The London Borough of Hackney includes the postcode areas of E5, E8, E9 and N16.

Hammersmith and Fulham - Three communities make up this small but crowded borough: Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith and Fulham. It is seen as a borough of contrasts, with inhabitants ranging from the very wealthy to the more deprived. Culturally there is also a great deal of diversity, with a range of communities in the borough, from Afro-Caribbean to Polish.

Home to three famous football clubs, namely Fulham, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers, the borough has a lot to draw visitors to the area. In particular, Earl’s Court and Olympia are home to many exhibitions and shows throughout the year. There are also a number of theatres in the borough, making it an ideal place for a day trip or a night on the town.

Hammersmith and Fulham includes the following postcode areas: W6, W12, W14 and SW6.

Haringey - The London Borough of Haringey is home to a multicultural community in an area of 11.5 square miles of North London. It was formed in 1965 when the boroughs of Hornsey, Tottenham and Wood Green were amalgamated and lies inside the north circular road giving access to the M25 in ten minutes.

There are several major landmarks in borough, the most famous of which is the historic Alexandra Palace, originally opened as an educational and recreational centre in Victorian times, home of the BBC, it is now a national exhibition centre. Other attractions include the Tottenham Hotspur football grounds at the White Hart Lane Stadium and New River Sports Centre, along with many restaurants and hotels.

The London Borough of Haringey includes the postcode areas, N4, N6, N8, N10, N15, N17 and N22.

Islington - A small but thriving borough close to the West End and within sight of the captial’s financial heart. It has plenty of historic sites and Georgian squares. It is celebrated for the Camden Passage antiques market. It is also home to Arsenal football club which has a club museum worth a visit. There are two universities within the borough and a college of higher education.

Though the borough lacks open space there is a section of the Regent’s Canal that can be enjoyed near King’s Cross. Dickens House and the London Canal Museum are other popular attractions. Famous names connected with the Borough include Joseph Chamberlain, Kate Greenaway and George Orwell.

The borough includes the following postcodes: N1, N5, N7 and N19.

Kensington and Chelsea - The Royal Borough is a residential area next to the West End, and it includes Kensington Palace and most of the capital's foreign embassies. Stretching from the Chelsea Embankment by the Thames, up to Portobello Road and Ladbroke and Westbourne Groves.Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park all fall within the borough.

The famous shopping streets of Kings Road, Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street attract many visitors, as do the Royal Albert Hall, and the Natural History, Science and Victoria and Albert Museums.

Kensington and Chelsea first originated as Saxon settlements with both mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Royalty first moved into the area in 1689 when William III moved into Kensington Palace. The two boroughs not united until 1965 to form the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The borough includes the following postcodes: SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10, W8, W10, W11.

Lambeth - Lambeth links some of the capital’s most diverse communities, such as Vauxhall, Brixton, Norwood and Streatham.

Lambeth Palace, County Hall, The Royal National Theatre, The Hayward Gallery and National Film Theatre are just some of the notable buildings located in the borough. Waterloo, London’s largest railway station, including the Channel Tunnel rail terminal as well as 13 other railway stations and 9 underground stations are found here. The London Eye was launched here in 2000 and boasts brilliant views accross the city of London.

There are several open parks in the area, including Clapham Common and Kennington Park.

The London Borough of Lambeth includes the following postcode areas, SW2, SW4, SW9, SE11 and SE27.

Lewisham - Located just a few miles to the south-east of central London, Lewisham originated as a settlement in the valley of the River Ravensbourne, close to the site of ancient St Mary's Church in Ladywell. The first record of Lewisham - 'Liofshema' - occurs in a charter of 862, when the town formed part of a Saxon manor covering a large part of Greenwich and Woolwich. Various mansions and large homes were constructed in the area, including The Limes, where John Wesley retired to write and rest. None of these remain today, with the exception of the former vicarage (1692-3), located on the corner of Ladywell Road.

The opening of Lewisham Railway station in 1849 led to major development throughout the area. The new commercial core of the town was further expanded by a number of banks and department stores, and by the late 19th Century, Lewisham had become an established London suburb. From 1945, much of the town centre was extensively redeveloped, with the addition, in the 1970s, of the distinctive high-rise Citibank headquarters and a modern covered shopping centre. The Clock Tower, an impressive focal point, was constructed in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

Lewisham enjoys an increasingly important arts scene, boosted in recent years by the proximity of renowned Goldsmiths' College, the Limelight Club and Gallery and the Lewisham Theatre, situated in nearby Catford, which hosts a Black Theatre Festival and Comedy Festival. There is also the Albany Centre, Blackheath's beautifully restored Concert Halls and the Laban Centre.

Within Lewisham town centre itself, there is a multiplex cinema, family entertainment centre, eating areas and additional shopping facilities to existing leisure resources. Spectator sports are on offer at nearby Millwall Football Stadium or the Catford Greyhound Stadium; Beckenham Place Park offers a popular golf course.

The London Borough of Lewisham contains the London Postcodes, SE8, SE14, SE4, SE13, SE23, SE26, SE6, SE12.

Merton - Merton is an outer London Borough situated in the South West of Greater London and covers an area of 9,380 acres, some of which are open parklands. Although the borough has a residential character, there is a substantial amount of industry and commerce.

Areas of Merton can often be seen on television. The Wimbledon Tennis Tournament is a national event and televisions "The Bill"’s Sun Hill Police Station is in Merton and filming is carried out around the area. Merton includes the London postcodes of SW19, SW20, SM4, CR4.

Newham - Newham is the borough on the north bank of the Thames and east of Tower Hamlets, which includes Canning Town, East Ham, Manor Park, Plaistow, Stratford, West Ham and Upton Park, home of West Ham United Football Club. An area and community which sprung from the London docks, it contains the extensive area of the Royal Docks.

East London has traditionally been recognized as one of the most deprived areas in London, if not England. However, extensive efforts are being made to improve the situation. There has been increased investment in the area, particularly over the past 20 years, including the recent extension of the Jubilee line, a channel tunnel rail link, London City Airport, a growing University and an exhibition centre and business park. So commecially the future looks promising.

Culturally, the area is very diverse, with some areas such as Upton Park and East Ham having largely Asian and mixed communities. There is an increasing ammount of investment in leisure and the arts such as new cinemas and theatres springing up. Even West Ham Football Club are increasing the capacity of their ground and have started a scheme to develop the talents of young Asian footballers from the local area.

If you want a real feel of East End life, there are fewer more authentic area's in London. The Newham district includes th postcode areas of E16, E6, E13, E15, E7, E12.

Redbridge - Redbridge came into being in 1964 with the joining of Ilford and Wanstead & Woodford, also combining parts of Dagenham and Chigwell for the first time. The Red Bridge, was the brick bridge over the River Roding. It symbolises the joining of Ilford with Wanstead and Woodford.

Ilford is the districts' major shopping and administrative centre and the other towns such as Redbridge, Goodmayes and Woodford are largely suburban. Redbridge does have some nice natural scenery and parks such as around Hainault. There is also the famous Wanstead Flats covered in football pitches. The district is served by both the underground and overland trains.

The new Town Hall in Ilford was completed in 1901, extended for the first time in 1927 and again in 1933. By this time the area had become the Municipal Borough of Ilford. Redbridge's history and its characters have left the Borough with many fine buildings. One example of this is St Mary's Church, Wanstead, which was built in 1790 on the site of an earlier church. St Mary's was designed by the architect Thomas Hardwick and built in Portland stone by William Morris and George Boncock. In all, there are 126 listed buildings in Redbridge.

Sir Winston Churchill, Britain's great wartime leader, was MP for Wanstead and Woodford for forty years. A statue of him stands on Woodford Green. Britain's first post-war Prime Minister and Churchill's war time deputy leader, Clement Atlee, also lived nearby. Sylvia Pankhurst, the suffragette and pacifist campaigner lived in Woodford for over thirty years. She is commemorated at Pankhurst Green, Woodford and there is a blue plaque on her former home in Chateris Road.

The district of Redbridge includes the postcode areas of IG8, E18, E11, IG4, IG5, IG1, IG3, IG2, IG6.

Southwark - Perhaps London’s most historic borough, extending from the Thames down to the village of Dulwich. Southwark, first heard of by that name in 910, owes its origin to the Roman invasion and its position on the southern approach to the bridge over the Thames leading to Londinium. The Romans have left behind archaeological evidence, and, Borough High St, the Old Kent Road and Kennington Park Road, are of Roman origin.

There are many tourist attractions to enjoy, including Southwark Cathedral, the newly recreated Globe Theatre, the Dulwich Picture Gallery a the new modern art gallery taking shape at the old Bankside power station and the Imperial War Museum. Recent investment has led to a new river pier and a Millennium Bridge linking St Pauls with the Bankside Gallery and the Globe Theatre.

Southwark reaches down through the Elephant and Castle roundabout to the mainly Victorian suburbs of Peckham and Camberwell, now finding a new lease of life after years blighted by 1960s planners. Between Peckham and Dulwich lie the Victorian terraces of East Dulwich and Nunhead. West of Dulwich are the roads of larger, Victorian terraces and semis of Herne Hill and at the very southern tip the leafy village of Dulwich with mansions overshadowing cottages and 1930s semis.

The communities which make up the borough include Dulwich Village, Peckham, Elephant and Castle and Walworth, Rotherhithe, Camberwell, Old Kent Road, Borough and Bermondsey. Covering the postcodes of SE16, SE17, SE5, SE15, SE22, SE21.

Tower Hamlets - Tower Hamlets has a rich and colourful history and has always been seen as the heart of the East End. It has been inhabited for more than 200,000 years but it currently consists of communities such as Bethnal Green, Bow, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, Wapping, Limehouse, Millwall and Poplar. The earliest indication of population growth occurred in 1887 with an almost doubled increase on the first recorded figures in the Doomsday Book of 900 people.

Throughout its history, Tower Hamlets has been an area of constant change. In the seventeenth and eighteenth century the Huguenots came from France, bringing with them the skills of silk weaving. Poverty in the eighteenth century Ireland brought in men who built the docks. Jewish families found a haven from pogroms in Europe and many became traders. More recently the Bangladeshi settlers have contributed to the richness of life in the borough.

The area was transformed in Victorian times with the building of docks, and warehouses, at St Katherine’s, Limehouse, and the West India Docks on the Isle of Dogs. Over a hundred years later, almost as rapidly as they were built, they closed. However, Tower Hamlets has also been an area of constant development and regeneration. This is now highlighted in the massive industrial, commercial and social regeneration of Docklands with both offices and housing supported by the new dockland light railway and new roads.

Tower Hamlets includes the postcodes E1, E2, E3, E14.

Waltham Forest - The London Borough of Waltham Forest was formed in 1965 through the amalgamation of Leyton, Walthamstow and Chingford local authorities. It is a cosmopolitan area in North East London with a population of 220,000 people. The town dates back to the Anglo-Saxon period. Some of the earliest settlements consisted of primitive pile dwellings, reflected in Chingford's Saxon name, Caegingford, or 'ford of the dwellers by the stumps'.

Chingford Plain is the site of a lookout commissioned by Henry VIII in order to observe the royal hunt in Epping Forest, a building which still stands and is known as Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge. The original village of Walthamstow - recorded as Wacoumstou - is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, and remains today as a conservation area in the town which evolved around it.

During the 1920s, Wood Street in Walthamstow was a prominent centre for silent film; a further link with cinema history is provided by director Alfred Hitchcock, who was born in the area. Another famous local figure, the renowned Pre-Raphaelite designer and early socialist William Morris, was born in Walthamstow in 1834. There is a William Morris Gallery, which is the only museum dedicated to his life and works.

It is also home to Walthamstow Market - the longest daily street market in Europe. Walthamstow Village is a beautifully preserved rural village, with buildings dating from the fifteenth century, hidden in the heart of a metropolitan Borough. Waltham Forest includes the London postcodes of E4, E17, E10, E11.

Westminster - Westminster occupies a pivotal position in central London. Within the boundaries of Westminster are 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben as are Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, The Royal Albert Hall and Royal Opera House. In total there are 11,000 buildings of architectural or historic significance.

Whitehall and Trafalgar Square are an easy walk from Parliament Square. Over 200,000 people live in Westminster and its population swells to over one million each day with tourists and workers. Four main railway lines terminate in Westminster and all Underground lines pass beneath its streets.

The borough includes the following postcodes; NW1, NW8, SW1, W1, W2, W9, WC2.

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