German Gymnasium

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German Gymnasium
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  • Café
  • loundge
  • Night Out
  • Casual
  • Late night Drinking
  • Day Drinking
  • Classic
  • Whisky
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor
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Feb 21, 2019

Don't let the name fool you: German Gymnasium is not the latest European-style fitness spot to hit the capital. This sprawling venue is actually a London bar, restaurant and cafe, specialising in German cuisine. Set across two floors of a listed building that was once England's first gym, it soon becomes clear where the name comes from.

The building definitely impresses. Spacious interiors blend original architecture with modern design, infusing warmth and atmosphere. Downstairs, a relaxed dining space successfully recreates the European Cafe vibe that inspired the venue. If you feel like getting dressed up, head upstairs for a more formal Continental restaurant-style experience. This flexibility, as well as the sheer space, makes German Gymnasium ideal for meet-ups with friends or colleagues. The central location doesn’t hurt, either: it’s right outside King’s Cross and St Pancras stations.



Then there’s the food. If you have a love for schnitzel, goulash and warm potato salad washed down with a good Bok or Pilsner, this is the place for you.

If you want to come for drinks only, German Gymnasium’s seemingly endless space means there are also heated outdoor beer and wine terraces. Upstairs, there’s a cocktail bar called the Meister Bar. Open until 1 am on weekends with a lounge and table service, it has an impressive selection of spirits, particularly whiskey, and a good wine list, too. But it’s biggest draw is the cocktails. Delicious and creative, they’re also fun and fashion-led, like the Perrier Jouet-based Champagne for Coco, an ode to Coco Chanel herself, or the Black Opium cocktail that actually uses Black Opium perfume as an ingredient.

Whether you’re looking to try an out-of-the box take on Continental cuisine in London or want to enjoy creative cocktails in a breath-taking atmosphere, stop off at the German Gymnasium.