Embassy of North Korea, London

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Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in London
North Korean Embassy, London (May 2016).jpg
LocationEaling, London
Address73 Gunnersbury Avenue, London, W5 4LP
Coordinates51°30′11″N 0°17′21″W / 51.50310°N 0.28915°W / 51.50310; -0.28915Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 0°17′21″W / 51.50310°N 0.28915°W / 51.50310; -0.28915
AmbassadorHis Excellency Mr Choe Il

The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in London (Korean주 영국 조선민주주의인민공화국 대사관; Hanja駐英國朝鮮民主主義人民共和國大使館; MRChu Yŏngguk Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk Daesagwan) is the diplomatic mission of North Korea to the United Kingdom.[1] It is located in a detached house at 73 Gunnersbury Avenue on the northern corner junction with Baronsmede, in Ealing, a suburban district of west London. It is notable for being one of the few embassies in London located in a suburban area, away from the central diplomatic areas of the city.[2][3] The seven-bedroom property was purchased by the North Korean government for £1.3 million in 2003.[4][5]


In November 2014, an exhibition of art from the Mansudae Art Studio was held at the embassy, to coincide with the visit of four North Korean artists to London.[6][7]

The former deputy ambassador Thae Yong-ho defected to South Korea in 2016.[8] The ambassador at the time was Hyon Hak-bong. As of 25 August 2016, Hyon is reported to have been recalled to North Korea following Thae's defection.[9][10]

On 25 September 2017, the embassy was evacuated after a suspicious package was found, with the Metropolitan Police having carried out a controlled explosion.[11]

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  1. ^ "Foreign embassies in the UK - Publications - GOV.UK".
  2. ^ "The North Korean embassy – would you believe it's here?". The Guardian. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  3. ^ "The suburban semi that houses the North Korean embassy". BBC News. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  4. ^ Alex Spillius (5 April 2013). "North Korean embassy: all quiet on the Ealing front". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ Smith, Robert DG (10 January 2015). "Inside North Korea's Remarkable Embassy In Suburban London". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  6. ^ Vincent Dowd (4 November 2014). "North Korean UK embassy hosts first art exhibition". BBC. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  7. ^ Jonathan Miller (4 November 2014). "Take a rare glimpse at North Korea's brushstroke diplomacy". London: Channel 4 News. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  8. ^ "North Korea diplomat defects to South". BBC News. 2016-08-17. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
  9. ^ Ryall, Julian (25 August 2016). "North Korea's ambassador withdrawn and facing questions over London defection". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  10. ^ Chang, Il-Hyun (August 24, 2016). "N.Korea Orders Ambassador in U.K. to Come Home". The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition). Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  11. ^ North Korea embassy in London on lockdown as bomb squad called for 'controlled explosion' - Express(September 28)