As Crossrail continues to decimate the dusty space around Tottenham Court Road station, its latest victims are the area’s famed cluster of Korean restaurants — forced to close to make way for our glorious railway.
The restaurants were frequented mainly by Korean expats, including a high proportion of Korean students from nearby universities UCL, LSE and King’s College. The result was restaurants which were often shabby, but which served unquestionably authentic food at very low prices.
Restaurants Assa, Po Cha, Seoul Bakery and Woo Jung — all located on St Giles High Street — have closed. There is no word yet of any of them reopening elsewhere, and it’s hard to imagine seeing similar places anywhere near as centrally again. The Centre Point Food Store, which stocks mainly Korean foods, has moved down the road towards Holborn station.
Take solace in the fact that there are still plenty of places around town to get your Korean fix — especially in the so-called Little Korea community of New Malden, but also more centrally. See our pick of London’s Best Korean Restaurants for some inspiration.