Voted the world’s most beautiful restaurant in 2016, the German Gymnasium is an atmospheric hangout in the heart of Kings Cross. Everything from the curved Beetle stools to the Flos lighting has been designed to encourage you to lean in and get a little closer, making it an ideal choice for Valentines Day.
If you really want to impress your date, be sure to brush up on the history of the restaurant before you go. A grade II listed building, it was the first gym to ever be built in the UK, hosting the national team during the Olympic Games of 1886. The brainchild of German architect Edward Gruning, it is today one of the best spots in London to get hold of Mittel-European food. Sit in one of the booths near the back of the restaurant and you’ll be able to see a portrait of the architect hanging on the wall.
Photo credit: The German Gymnasium