Places to watch Holland

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Places to watch Holland
Places to watch Holland
Places to watch Holland


The Dutch have always felt at home in London – primarily due to their excellent command of English, their love of beer and their understanding of cricket. There are said to be up to 9,000 Dutch living in London but only one bona fide Dutch bar – on the edge of Chinatown. World Cup finalists in 2010, the Netherlands are definitely capable of going all the way this year, though whether it'll be the vaunted 'Total Football' or the more thuggish brand we saw in South Africa that takes them their remains to be seen. In Robin van Persie, Bert van Marwijk's side possess arguably the most dangerous and most sought after marksman in all of Europe and you can be sure the midfield artistry from Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben and Rafael van der Vaart will provide the Arsenal hitman with enough chances to prove as much – provided they all stay fit. There's a real sense that the Netherlands can do something special in Poland and Ukraine – although they'll have their work cut out from a group of death that includes Denmark, Portugal and old foes Germany.

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Netherlands Games


Saturday 9th June, 5pm – Netherlands 0-1 Denmark

Wednesday 13th June, 7.45pm – Netherlands 1-2 Germany

Sunday 17th June, 7.45pm – Portugal 2-1 Netherlands



De Hems

Tel: 020 7437 2494

11 Macclesfield Street, Soho, London, W1D 5BW

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station


Homesick Dutch drinkers in London have for years called into De Hems  for a quick fix of the Netherlands and you can expect the popular two-floor bar, located between Chinatown  and Soho , to be packed for all of the Oranje's Euro 2012 games this summer. De Hems  is the spiritual home of Netherlanders in London: in the Second World War it was the headquarters of the Dutch national resistance in exile and before that it was home away from home for many Dutch sailors. As well as serving Dutch beer, De Hems serves Dutch snacks ('bitterballen' and 'vlammetjes') and will become a beacon of orange for as long as Robin Van Persie et al remain in the competition. Both the high-ceilinged ground floor bar and the more comfortable upstairs bar, both equipped with big screens and TVs, are ideally suited for watching football (Dutch league games are shown frequently on the premises) and the bar is well stocked with a fantastic assortment of Benelux beers, including Dutch favourite Orangeboom.


The King's Head - Earls Court

Tel: 020 7373 5239

17 Hogarth Place, Earls Court, South Kensington, London, SW5 0QT

Tube: Earls Court Station


A pleasant tucked-away pub near Earls Court High Street, The Kings Head on Hogarth Place is now under Dutch management and so will act as a west London base during Euro 2012 for all those Netherlands fans who don't fancy trekking into central London to watch their team at De Hems. The Kings Head had a big renovation a few years back, making it a more gastro affair with couches, a lounge, some retro wallpaper and a decent food menu. The Dutch touch means you can get some lowland classics such as sharing platters of frikadellen, kroketten, bittererballen, kaassoufles and vlammetjes. There's also a good selection of beers on tap and bottles in the fridge, plus a couple of plasma screens to cater for your footballing needs. Many say this is the best pub in the area so it's definitely worth a visit – whether your Oranje fans or not.


Green Room

Tel: 020 8746 2111

45A Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QP

Tube: Goldhawk Road Station , Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line)


Not exactly a Dutch bar by any stretch, the Green Room in Shepherd's Bush has nevertheless been recommended as a decent venue to watch all of the Netherlands' games during Euro 2012. This may partly be because the Green Room has a reputation as one of West London's best sports bars – while the Dutch have a reputation (at least traditionally) as being very easy on the eye (we'll forget about the last World Cup). Given the 'group of death' tag for Group B, plus Robin van Persie's superb form, following the Dutch should be a hoot this summer – especially on the Green Room's massive projection screens.

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