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South London is the southern 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, South London is the part of Greater Londonmarker that is south of the River Thames. This includes the historic central areas of Southwarkmarker and Banksidemarker and maritime Greenwichmarker. The area has little of the London Underground network, but has a much more extensive suburban railway system than North London and is the location of all of London's tram servicesmarker. This area is made up of the London boroughs of Bexleymarker, Bromleymarker, Croydonmarker, Greenwichmarker, Kingstonmarker, Lambethmarker, Lewishammarker, Mertonmarker, Southwarkmarker, Suttonmarker and Wandsworthmarker. 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 and the boundary commission class the entire district as part of South London. In 1965 Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Wandsworth were designated Inner London boroughs and Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton and Sutton were designated Outer London boroughs.


For the purposes of the London Plan, there was a South London sub-region in operation from 2004 to 2008 consisting of Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton.Greater London Authority, The London Plan: Sub-Regional Development Framework - South London In 2001 this area had a population of 1,329,000. This definition is used by organisations such as Connexions. In 2008 it was replaced with a South Eastmarker sub-region consisting of Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley and a South Westmarker sub-region consisting of Croydon, Lambeth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.

Colloquial use

Aside from the official definitions, South London refers to areas south of Central London and the River Thames. This area overlaps the informal Central, South East and South West London areas. Some of these districts are included in the South Easternmarker and South 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.
Bexleymarker DAmarker, SEmarker east south-east South East Bexley and Bromley
Bromleymarker BRmarker, SE south east South East Bexley and Bromley
Croydonmarker CRmarker, SE, SWmarker south South West Croydon and Sutton
Greenwichmarker SE, DA, BR east south-east South East Greenwich and Lewisham
Kingstonmarker KTmarker, SW south west South West South West
Lambethmarker SE, SW south South West Lambeth and Southwark
Lewishammarker SE, BR south east South East Greenwich and Lewisham
Mertonmarker CRmarker, KTmarker,SMmarker, SW south west South West Merton and Wandsworth
Richmondmarker SW, TWmarker south west South West South West
Southwarkmarker SE south South East Lambeth and Southwark
Suttonmarker SM south west South West Croydon and Sutton
Wandsworthmarker SW south west South West Merton and Wandsworth


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Associated organisations


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

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