King’s Cross’ new dining destination

German Gymnasium exterior

In November, D&D London are opening a series of cafés, restaurants and bars at the German Gymnasium, the newly renovated former Grade II listed gymnasium in London’s King’s Cross.

Designed by London-born architect Edward Gruning in 1865, this was the first purpose-built gym in England. Incredibly influential in the development of athletics in Britain, German Gymnasium hosted the first-ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games. 150 years later, this historical establishment is re-opening with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.

German Gymnasium interior

Photographer: Richard John Seymour

The interior of the building, located between King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International, has been designed by Conran and Partners, who will work with the building’s key original features to create a space that evokes the heritage of this London landmark. The décor will be a contemporary take on the grand cafes and brasseries of Central Europe. Influenced by the building’s original purpose, playful gymnasium details will filter through the overall design.

German-born executive chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, formerly kitchen director at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, will create broad-ranging grand café and brasserie menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes as a nod to the site’s German heritage. The dining areas will combine one of Kings Cross’ largest al fresco terraces, a patisserie counter, an all-day grand café serving breakfast through to dinner, a first-floor restaurant and the Meister Bar, playing Berlin beats until 1am.

View German Gymnasium’s preview video below:

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