Introducing Kings Cross’ latest dining experience: German Gymnasium.
The men behind D&D London are opening up a new restaurant housed in the former home of the first indoor Olympics in 1866 - the German Gymnasium.
Built in 1864-65 for the German Gymnastics Society, the German Gymnasium in Kings Cross was the first purpose-built gym in England and home to the first-ever indoor Olympic Games in 1866. 150 years later the renovated Grade II listed building has reopened as German Gymnasium Restaurant by D&D London, also behind Le Pont de la Tour, Bluebird and Skylon.
The new interiors by Cornan & Partners are styled after the grand cafés and brasseries of Europe, containing a blend of restored original features, such as the vast laminated timber roof trusses, and modern touches in a triple-height surrounding. German Gymnasium offers a stunning all day Grand Café serving breakfast through to dinner, a sophisticated first floor restaurant, a patisserie counter, the Meister Bar and a large outdoor terrace.
The menus created by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth are a nod to the building’s German heritage. Guests can enjoy fine European cuisine in the first floor restaurant, with starters including a rich truffled beef broth and a savoury chopped steak tartare. We strongly recommend the veal tenderloin medallions with butter noodles and cognac mushroom sauce or the veal schnitzel with warm potato salad and lingonberry compote as mains.
Great for leisurely weekend brunches, the stunning ground floor Grand Café is flooded with natural light and serves as an all-day modern-European dining spot, serving German classics like brötchen and Schinkenknacker sausages. For a sweet ending to a hearty lunch, you can visit the patisserie counter offering tempting freshly baked pastries. The German Kaffee und Kuchen tradition is punctually announced by the chimes of the Smiths of Derby clock striking 4pm, calling guests to the tempting patisserie counter.
For those looking forward to a final twist to the evening, the glamorous Meister Bar concocts a wide range of fun cocktails accompanied by some of London’s best DJs playing from 9pm until 1am every Thursday- Saturday.
It’s definitely an exiting addition to London’s foodie destinations, bringing authentic German heritage and cuisine to the lively capital.