This month’’s corner takes a look at the latest dining venue from D&D London, the German Gymnasium.

Arriving this Autumn in King’s Cross, the historic building will comprise of a 447 cover complex with a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces, inspired by the cafés and brasseries of Central Europe. The Grade 2, 19th Century building was designed by Edward Gruning in 1865, and became the first purpose-built gym in England. It would go on to host indoor events at the 1866 National Olympian Games (a precursor to the International Olympic Games) and become influential in the development of athletics in Britain.

We have been working closely with Bjoern Wassmuth, the German-born, former Kitchen Director of Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, who is to be Executive Chef and will be creating the café and brasserie menus featuring classic dishes directly influenced by Mittel-European German heritage. Some of these dishes
and cuts are new to us at Select and as Bjoern is a perfectionist with these dishes, we are learning something new which is extremely exciting!

We wish Bjoern and D&D the best for this amazing venture.