German Gymnasium has just opened in Kings Cross, a huge new restaurant in the Grade-II listed building of what was the first purpose-built gym of its kind in England, built in 1864 for the German Gymnastics Society. It’s now been converted by D&D (Pont de la Tour, Angler, Coq d’Argent) into a very impressive-looking restaurant and bar, a definite switch in direction from its original use.
Keeping with the German theme, executive chef Bjorn Wassmuth has created a menu of Mittel-European classics such as truffled beef broth with liver dumplings and shaved black truffle; seared scallops and mettwurst with apple, pistachio, butternut squash and saffron potato; and veal schnitzel with warm potato salad and lingonberry compote.
It’sopen for brekkie too and the bar is open until 1am on weekends for cocktails. Just make you sure hit up the actual gym the next day.
1 King’s Blvd, London N1C 4BU