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North London is the northern part of Londonmarker, Englandmarker. The area it covers is defined differently for a range of purposes.

Boundary Commission

North and South London as defined by the Boundary Commission
At its widest extent, North London is the part of Greater Londonmarker that is north of the River Thames. This includes most of the historic central areas including the Citymarker, the East Endmarker and the West Endmarker; and the majority of the London Underground network. This area is made up of the City of Londonmarker and the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenhammarker, Barnetmarker, Brentmarker, Camdenmarker, Ealingmarker, Enfieldmarker, Hackneymarker, Hammersmith and Fulhammarker, Haringeymarker, Harrowmarker, Haveringmarker, Hillingdonmarker, Hounslowmarker, Islingtonmarker, Kensington and Chelseamarker, Newhammarker, Redbridgemarker, Tower Hamletsmarker, Waltham Forestmarker, and Westminstermarker. This definition is used by the Boundary Commission for England. The London Borough of Richmond upon Thamesmarker includes sections on both sides of the River Thames. The boundary commission class the entire district as part of South London. In 1965 Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Tower Hamlets and Westminster were designated Inner London boroughs and Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest were designated Outer London boroughs.


For the purposes of the London Plan, there has been a North Londonmarker sub-region in operation since 2004, originally consisting of Barnet, Enfield, Haringey andWaltham Forest.Greater London Authority, The London Plan: Sub-Regional Development Framework - North London In 2001 this area had a population of 1,042,000. This definition is used by organisations such as Connexions. In 2008 it was amended and it now consists of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Westminster.

Colloquial use

Aside from the official definitions, North London refers to areas north of Central London. This area overlaps the informal Central, East, North East, North West and West London areas. Some of these districts are included in the Northernmarker and North Westernmarker postcode areas. This area is included in all or part of the following boroughs, listed with postcode areas, direction from Charing Cross (the nominal centre of Londonmarker), sub-region they are part of for planning purposes, and London Assembly constituencies:

London borough Postcode areas Charing Crossmarker Sub-region London AssemblyLondon Assembly - London Assembly Constituency Information. Retrieved on 22 February 2008.
Barnetmarker ENmarker, HAmarker, Nmarker, NWmarker north west North Barnet and Camden
Brentmarker HA, NWmarker, Wmarker north west West Brent and Harrow
Camdenmarker ECmarker, WCmarker, N, NW north North Barnet and Camden
Enfieldmarker EN, N north north-east North Enfield and Haringey
Hackneymarker Emarker, EC, N north east North North East
Haringeymarker N north north-east North Enfield and Haringey
Harrowmarker HA north west West Brent and Harrow
Islingtonmarker EC, WC, N north North North East
Waltham Forestmarker E, IGmarker north east North East North East

Associated organisations


  1. Boundary Commission for England - North London Boroughs
  2. Boundary Commission for England - South London Boroughs
  3. Office of Public Sector Information - London Government Act 1963 (c.33) (as amended)
  4. Greater London Authority, The London Plan: The Sub Regions
  5. Connexions - North London

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