As German Gymnasium gears up for its autumn opening, it’s about time we let you know how excited we are to be transforming this amazing building into one of London’s most impressive destination restaurants.
Brimming with whimsical architectural details and boasting a 57ft high ceiling with a beautiful laminated timber roof structure, German Gymnasium will take your breath away.
D&D London, well known for other unique restaurants such as Quaglino’s and Skylon, is our client on the project. Together we are creating an all-day grand café, a first floor restaurant, a cocktail bar and an outdoor terrace which will serve the best of Mittel-European food from dawn ‘til dusk.
When it was originally constructed in 1864, the building, a Grade II-listed purpose-built gymnasium, was the first of its type in England. Long-forgotten sports were practiced there, including Indian club-swinging and broadsword, with the venue used for the first National Olympic Games a year after it was built.
The building was carefully restored by Argent and their architects Allies and Morrison, in close collaboration with ourselves.
Tina Norden, Conran and Partners’ project director, says:
“We are delighted to be working with D&D again on this fabulous project.
German Gymnasium is a truly remarkable building in a fantastic location which is fast becoming one most of the most popular destinations in London. We cannot wait to add something striking and memorable to the area.
The interior of the gymnasium retains many of its original features, such as climbing rope hooks and an intriguing turret staircase, and our design will sensitively play with these captivating details to create a very special dining experience.
We are looking forward to unveiling our designs for the building shortly.”