German Gymnasium 22

1 King’s Boulevard , London, N1C 4BU

0207 2878 8000

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SquareMeal Review of German Gymnasium

Built in 1864 for the German Gymnastics Society, D&D London’s immaculate restoration of the German Gymnasium is a return to the mega-brasserie style of their 90s heyday, with brasserie-style food served on the ground floor (lunch, weekend brunch etc.) and a more refined menu available in the main restaurant. The vast ‘grand café’ space is a real spectacle with theatrical staircases linking the sprawling, marble-floored dining room to secluded tables tucked behind gleaming white architrave pillars upstairs. By contrast, the Mittel-European menu is more homely than awe-inspiring, although its stellar renditions of think-cut veal schnitzel, beef broth with calf’s liver dumplings, stroganoff with spätzle or crisp, gooey apple strudel are certainly no less memorable. Meat fiends will warm to Black Forest hams and ample wursts (including a curry version), while a ‘butcher’s plate’ loaded with steak, ox tongue, sausages and sauerkraut outshines the pedestrian rib-eye with crispy onions. Ambitious pricing is offset by lunchtime specials, and the German-led wine list is heaven for fans of Riesling and Spätburgunder. “Exceptionally friendly” suited staff match the stylish setting.

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German Gymnasium is recommended for

Big And Bold | Buzzy | Cool | Fun | Special Occasions Over 40S | Afternoon Tea | Bottomless Brunch | Outside Seating

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

King's Cross/St. Pancras Tube Station 249m

King's Cross Tube Station 260m


Address: 1 King’s Boulevard , London N1C 4BU

Area: King's Cross

Opening times

Tues-Sun 12N-3pm Mon-Sat 5.30-11pm

Nearby Landmarks

Courtyard Theatre 259m

British Library 306m


Telephone: 0207 2878 8000


Cuisine: German

Private Dining: 32


Food & Drink: 7.3

Service: 9.0

Atmosphere: 10.0

Value: 6.7

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Jade P. 09 August 2017

The venue is beautiful and very spacious, I'd been waiting for ages to go to this place and it did not disappoint. The staff were extremely friendly and very attentive. We ordered from the set menu which was great value for money. After our dinner, they found us 2 chairs at the bar where we continued our evening. The cocktails were delicious, all the barmen were Italian and took great pride in their drinks. We did not want the night to end. Will 100% go back.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 1.0

Sheldon C. 24 December 2016

What a great architectural restoration; pity about the food though! We had a great waitress who was engaged and advised on the menu which was very limited in choice until she mentioned a whole other "online" menu. Bit odd to be running an alternative menu in the hidden background (?). Still having ordered "bockwurst" in a German restaurant I ended up with a very bland tasteless bangers and mash! The pumpkin soup starter however was delicious. 2 course a la carte carte with coffee and service was £90+. Very expensive for lunch. Atmosphere was great but value for money? Absolutely not!! Wouldn't go again. I'll stick with Zedel as my lunchtime favourite.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Sue B. bronze reviewer 03 March 2016

What was not to like about this venue in terms of aesthetics, atmosphere and general bonhomie. From the buzzy café-style eatery downstairs to the restaurant on the upper floor, you are greeted with wonderful architectural features. The staff were exceptionally friendly and attentive. Drinks beforehand in the bar upstairs arrived promptly and changes to our orders were met with a totally 'can do' attitude. A party of four, we ate from the £30 set menu and were delighted by the quality of the food. Again the service was good and we came away feeling very satisfied by our experience. The best bit, well not quite but close, was the fact that no matter where we were in the venue, we were easily able to hear each other speak, a rarity in a kit of restaurants where the noise level is deafening. I'd go again just for that. Restaurateurs - please note. The bill at the end £60/head but we did have a cocktail, wine and coffee with our meal and with service added - well it all adds up. I'm not complaining.

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Found on the restaurant’s upper floor, the sophisticated semi-private dining space at German Gymnasium can seat up to 32 guests for breakfasts, lunches or dinners. If you’re looking to host a standing reception, the space can hold up to 50 guests. Note that all menus are samples and are subject to change.             

Semi-private dining room
Capacity: 32