The merriment has arrived at the German Gymnasium in Kings Cross with a festive makeover by Team McQueens. The German Gymnasium is an impressive D&D restaurant serving Mittel-European inspired dishes in a wonderful Grade II listed building – the first purpose-built gymnasium in England. The historic building dates right back to the Victorian era, built in 1864-65 for the German Gymnastics Society to perfect its vaults and horse techniques.
Taking centre stage at this fabulous venue is a majestic 35-foot Christmas tree, beautifully dressed with gold and burgundy baubles, and flanked by a quartet of Nutcracker soldiers. The tree was decorated during an overnight installation by McQueens using over 1000 baubles and miniature Nutcracker soldiers drafted in for the main event. Drawing inspiration from the German Christmas markets, the outside of the restaurant has been styled with a series of traditional German market stalls, dressed with classic garlands and festive wreaths – and serving lashings of glühwein! Gigantic Nutcracker kings stand to attention at the entrance of the restaurant, and a line of soldiers can be seen on guard through the windows upstairs, providing the perfect festive welcome to the German Gymnasium’s Christmas diners.