The German Gymnasium

Big up to the guys behind Bluebird and Quaglino’s who have bought their ever expanding glamorous empire to the heart of Kings Cross with The German Gymnasium. Having hidden for most of the 20th century behind the storage / workspace facade that so many beautiful London spaces seem to be lost to, the German Gymnasium is a lovingly restored site built in 1865 as England’s first purpose built gym but funded by the Germans.

And boy, did they create quite the space. We’d certainly don a headband in order to work out here, but luckily, we can instead sit back and enjoy this Northern European hospitality sitting down to a seriously good schnitzel or warming beef goulash. Sure, its German influences are clear but this is modern fare from Head Chef, Bjoern Wassmuth who runs a seriously high-end kitchen.

Its similarities to grand buildings such as The Wolseley are clear but with the added bonus of outdoor terraces for when the sun is shining and The Meister Bar for late-night drinks, open to all. Perfect for breakfast meetings or an evening with the missus, it’s just another reason to head to Kings Cross, no excuses needed.

1 King's Boulevard, London N1C 4BU

From £15.50

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