This November, the restaurant power-group that is D&D London is set to open a series of cafés, restaurants and bars at the German Gymnasium, the newly renovated former Grade II listed gymnasium in 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 and now, 150 years later, this historical establishment is to re-open with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising of a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.
Interiors are 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 and, influenced by the building’s original purpose, playful gymnasium details will also filter through the overall design.
Food will be overseen by German-born executive chef, Bjoern Wassmuth who 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 1 a.m. There’ll also be a specially curated wine list from Head Sommelier Virgile Degrez showcasing niche German, Austrian and Hungarian labels as well as a selection of bottles from Eastern Europe. The bar will be managed by Fred Tartas who will be designing an innovative cocktail menu whilst the German Gymnasium as a whole will be looked after by General Manager Sam Bernard.
Without a doubt, the German Gymnasium is bound to be a spectacle not to be missed so stay tuned for news about the opening by visiting www.germangymnasium.com