A former Grade II listed gymnasium in King's Cross is set to become home to a throng of exciting cafés, restaurants and bars this November. The German Gymnasium was originally built in 1865 as the first purpose-built gym in England, designed by architect Edward Gruning. The gymnasium went on to become an influential hub for the development of British athletics, hosting the first ever indoor events of the 1866 Olympic games. Now, 150 years on, the building is being re-born as a food and drink complex, boasting a ground floor café, outdoor terrace, restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.
Interior designers Conran and Partners are working to retain the building's original character, meaning guests can expect a 'contemporary take on the grand cafés and brasseries of Central Europe', blended with unique period detailing such as original climbing hooks used by athletes, hung from the ceiling of the triple height space. Taking charge of the menu will be German-born executive chef Bjoern Wassmuth, formerly kitchen director at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg. Hungry diners will be able to pop in for almost any form of gastronomic delight, from breakfast through to dinner, accompanied by a wine list curated by Head Sommelier Virgile Degrez, featuring niche German, Austrian and Hungarian labels. We reckon the gymnasium is shaping up to be one of the most exciting launches of the year. Don't miss out!
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