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Embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in London
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Location: Gunnersbury, London
Address: 73 Gunnersbury Avenue, London, W5 4LP
Ambassador: His Excellency Mr Kim Sung Gi

The Embassy of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in London (Chosŏn'gŭl: 주 영국 조선민주주의인민공화국 대사관; MR: Chu Yŏngguk Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk Daesagwan) is the diplomatic mission of North Korea to the United Kingdom. It is located in a detached house at 73 Gunnersbury Avenue on the northern corner junction with Baronsmede, in Gunnersbury, 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; indeed it is the western-most embassy in the capital. The seven-bedroom property was purchased by the North Korean government for £ 1.3 million in 2003.

History

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.

The former deputy ambassador Thae Yong-ho defected to South Korea in 2016. The ambassador at the time was Hyon Hak-bong. As of 25 August  2016 (2016 -08-25), Hyon is reported to have been recalled to North Korea following Thae's defection.

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