Inside the German Gymnasium, London – The world’s most beautiful restaurant for 2016

The German Gymnasium, London was recently listed as the world’s “Best Overall Restaurant” on the night of the 8th Restaurant & Bar Design Awards in the country. A novice in its category, the restaurant was quick to grab the spot for opening doors only in November last year. Located at London’s Kings Cross, the restaurant opens into a sprawling space, welcoming guests for a one of a kind dining experience.

The now fully functional restaurant was in fact the first purpose-built gym in England that also hosted the first-ever indoor Olympic Games in 1866. Designed by renowned architect Edward Gruning in 1864, it is housed in a classic, newly-renovated Grade II listed building.

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For being named the ‘Best overall Restaurant”, it features an al fresco terrace, a patisserie counter, an all-day Grand Café and the Meister Bar. While the space has been contemporarily revamped by designers Conran & Partners, it continues to retain its original aesthetics.

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To tingle your taste-buds, you can savor on high-end European dishes such as the grilled sausages, pork knuckles, dumplings, and strudels, (specially curated by German-born Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth) served on the first floor of the restaurant.

Further, you can also experience the German Tradition of “Kaffee und Kuchen” (meaning coffee and cake) at the Grand Café, which serves you a range of authentically baked cakes and pastries.

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However, if dining isn’t your primary motive for the day, you can pay a visit to the restaurant’s- The Meister Bar and try your hand at the Le Whaf (a special carafe that vaporizes cocktails turning them into low-calorie clouds and can be used in a variety of the options on the menu), while swaying to the tunes to a London DJ (who plays at the bar 9 pm onward from Thursday to Saturday)

With an elegant décor, a use of warm palettes and an unrivalled spread of the very best culinary delights, London’s German Gymnasium rightly steals the spot for the ‘Best overall Restaurant” across the globe!

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