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.

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open 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