Warning: this post will mean nothing to you unless you live or have lived in London. It may — and this is entirely the point — still mean nothing to you even if you do!

It boggles me how many people — including, apparently, professional sign-writers — still think that London is divided into two telephone codes: 0207 and 0208. Having lived through the 01/081/0181/020 debacle, I entirely understand where the misunderstanding comes from. But it’s been nearly ten years. And there are otherwise intelligent people of my acquaintance who refuse to accept my explanation that all London numbers are eight digits long and have the exchange 020.

3 Comments so far »

  1. Jo said,

    Wrote on July 24, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

    A decade after these changes, the problem is still rife.

    It’s unbelievable how many people still do not understand the most basic information.

    This page is abundantly clear: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_numbers_in_the_United_Kingdom

    What is so difficult?

    02x = (02x) xxxx xxxx

    011x = (011x) xxx xxxx

    01×1 = (01×1) xxx xxxx

    01xxx = (01xxx) xxxxxx

  2. Andy said,

    Wrote on July 7, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Wow - I honestly thougth I was the only person who got aggravated by this! (that, and people who insist on saying eck-setera :-))

  3. Andy (again) said,

    Wrote on July 7, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

    …that, and people who fail to check their posting for typos, before submitting it. Sigh :-(

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