Sticking with the German theme this week, this scrap teleports from Berlin itself to London (Landaan! – correct pronunciation) town. I was in the ‘Big smoke’ over a weekend and was treated by my sister at a restaurant close to St Pancras and only a 10 minute walk from my hotel. I hadn’t seen her since Christmas, so even a grotty dive would do but she had me spoilt – no complaints there.
Originally, the German gymnasium was England’s first purpose-built gym built during the 19th century for the German migrant community living in the city at the turn of the First World War. The restaurant itself, although no longer a gym (that would be terribly awkward at the dinner table), retains most of it’s original features, including its large arching wooden ceilings but the place is both fresh and elegant too – superbly combining modern styles with historic surroundings. The German Gymnasium isn’t cheap (with regards to wine and spirits) but great value can be found during its early bird menu as we did.
It serves Mittel-European inspired dishes all day long, across two floors and out on its vast heated terraces. Three courses at 30 pounds a head wasn’t too bad and the food was exquisite – truly.
Reservations essential, fine dining – dress accordingly.
Address: King’s Blvd, London N1C 4BU, United Kingdom.
The restaurant is also across from the Harry Potter shop and indeed the famous Platform of the Hogwarts Express. If you’re a major Potter fan like me (and a Ravenclaw – just saying) it’s great but surprising small and open very late too – it appears to be busy on most days but week day mornings should lessen pesky muggle crowds …
No enslaved house elfs here but plenty of chocolate. Slytherins treated with suspicion!
Address: 9 3/4, Kings Cross, Kings Cross Station, London N1 9AP, United Kingdom