The rise of Instagram has brought even more importance to a restaurant's ambiance. And when you're traveling, you only want to take time to dine at the spots that will knock your (and your followers') socks off. If you find yourself in London, add the world's most beautiful restaurant to your list: German Gymnasium.
Don't let the name fool you: You'll find this restaurant between the King’s Cross and St Pancras stations in London. It was recently crowned the Best Overall Restaurant by the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. As you can imagine by its name, it was in fact a gymnasium in its first life. In fact, it was the location of the first indoor Olympic games in 1866.
You can still see remnants of the space's past life in the design details. Architecture firm Conran & Partners made sure to incorporate elements like fencing masks, according to Business Insider. The area is incredibly luxe, featuring all of the materials and menu items you'd see in an upscale restaurant: three-course tasting menus, elegant décor, and hand-and-foot-service. But the restaurant is far from all the building has to offer.
German Gymnasium also offers private and group dining areas, the open-all-day Grand Café, the Meister Bar, an al fresco terrace, and a patisserie counter. Every day at 4pm, guests can enjoy various cakes and other pastries from the Gymnasium's display — this is known as "kaffee und kuchen" in Germany, a break in the day to enjoy some coffee and a side of baked goods.
Want to know more about German Gymnasium? Head over over to the restaurant's website.