It’s pretty obvious that everyone loves the Netherlands in London. And what’s not to love? Any country that dresses in head-to-toe in orange with very little persuasion and sells all sorts of marijuana paraphernalia will always have a special place in Londoners’ hearts. And today, not only are we considering bringing ‘Dutch roundabouts‘ to our fair city but we’re also joining in the double Dutch celebrations for Queen’s Day and the fact that the actual Queen has just abdicated the throne to her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander. Our Dutch pals are having a big old party to celebrate so here’s some tips if you want to rave it up Dutch style:
This Chinatown bar is the best place to celebrate anything Netherlands-related but it will be rammed tonight. Get ready to have orange paint smeared all over you by drunk passers by as De Hems prepare to say ‘Hallo’ (so disappointingly similar to ‘Hello’) to their new King. Warning: don’t wear any light-coloured clothes, you’ll only get upset.
For a sophisticated dinner party away from the orange-clad revellers try and get a private booking at the Dutch boat Leven Is Strijd. This motor barge was built in Holland in 1928 and now finds itself as a restaurant moored on the East India Docks. The food is not Dutch-inspired but you can toast to Queen Beatrix in a boat that has a little bit of the Netherlands in its past.
But obviously we know that the Netherlands isn’t just about wearing orange and drinking. If you want to experience the more cultural side to the country then head down to the ‘Double Dutch: Conceptual Art From Amsterdam’ exhibition at the Richard Saltoun Gallery. The collection of paintings shows the conceptual art of some of the most influential Dutch artists of the 1960s and 1970s.