It’s not surprising that London’s Korea fans spend a lot of time in the centre of town: the Korean Cultural Centre is just off Trafalgar Square, mini K-town is in Tottenham Court Road and there are a number of restaurants and shops dotted around Soho and Chinatown. But I’d urge any keen Korea lover to stray just that little bit further and pay New Malden a visit.
This suburban area has attracted Korean residents since the 1950s, and is now populated by more than 8000 Koreans. It is bustling with Korean organisations and businesses ranging from churches to hairdressers to travel agencies to corner shops to estate agents, and so on.
As you can imagine, some of K-town’s main attractions are the dynamic restaurants that dot the streets. These come in many forms and styles yet as with everywhere else in London, you know what you’re getting in terms of menu (pretty much the same generic spread of Korean munch as in any other London Korean restaurant!)
I’ve picked out two favourites that really deserve a mention:
I spent a wonderful evening here with a large group of friends. The quality of food was wonderful, definitely some of the best in London. The vivacious staff were full of character and charm (telling us which dishes to go for and which we definitely shouldn’t, despite liking the sound of them!) which added to the fun and sparkle of the night.
Jee’s Korean Restaurant
The only London Korean restaurant that I know of to provide free banchan, just like they do in Korea! Other places in K-town charge £2.50 for a small portion of kimchi, so if that’s what you’re into, this is the place for you. Four side dishes are provided with every main meal, and they are absolutely 맛있에. The overall authenticity of this eatery is also rather special.
In other activities, the New Malden norebang of choice is Han Bar. This is slightly pricier than central London’s Assa, and more alike to Seoul’s luxury norebangs, with cute kitty pillows and super-clean rooms.
Aside from this, New Malden is a place to discover and explore. Pay it a visit; I’m certain that you won’t be disappointed!
- Reach New Malden by overground Southwest train from Waterloo or Richmond (you can use your Oyster card)