Thanks to David Gomez for writing in with an answer to a question which lots of people have asked: where to buy Korean books in London. Not books about Korea, not books about how to learn Korean, but books written in Korean.
My standard answer is that I haven’t the foggiest idea, but that if you’re lucky you can get a children’s book or two in Grant & Cutler.
Undaunted, David did his own research, and discovered Book Village (책 마을) at 115B Burlington Road, New Malden, KT3 4LR, tel 0208 336 5916 [Map]. It’s right above a food store.
It’s a snug little room, lined with more books than you can possibly imagine, with a couple of sofas. Kim Hye Sun (below) will make you a cup of tea while you browse.
Not being a Korean speaker it’s hard for me to tell the quality of the literature for sale, but there seemed to be rather a lot of manhwa.
I’m told that the shop rents books out as well as sells them.
Ring in advance to check the opening hours. It was open till 9pm on the Friday I visited.