D&D London unveils long-awaited German Gymnasium
NEWS, November 11, 2015
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German Gymnasium, 1 King's Boulevard, London, N1C 4BU

image006D&D London has finally opened its Mittel-European-style Grand Café and bar, the German Gymnasium – a long-anticipated renovation of a 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 and hosted the inaugural indoor events of the 1866 Olympic Games.

150 years later, this historical establishment has re-opened with a brand new 447-cover complex comprising a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, restaurant, bars and private dining spaces.

Original features, like climbing hooks, remain in place while the open pass gives diners a view of the grand main kitchen, completely rendered in black, above which sits a separate kitchen serving the upper dining area.

German-born exec chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, formerly kitchen director at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, has created broad-ranging grand café and brasserie menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes. On the menu: Beef goulash soup with bell peppers, sour cream and paprika and pickled Bismarck herring with onion, apple and Vollkornbrot. Nürnberger Rostbratwurst or smoked Schinkenknacker German sausages, served with sauerkraut and potato purée or pommes frites; and sharing dishes such as roasted Creedy Carver free range duck from Devon served with braised red cabbage, dumplings and orange sauce.

The bar includes a multi-sensory cocktail concept, Le Whaf – a special carafe that vaporises cocktails turning them into low-calorie clouds. Sounds like high maintenance poser drinking taken to a whole other level – we’ll stick to imbibing our cocktails rather than inhaling them, thanks.

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