Post-Work Drinks in Amsterdam? Londoners Can Just Take The Train
The Eurostar opens a new London-Amsterdam route
When Eurostar broke the news that they would be starting to run a service between London and Amsterdam, a wave of emotion came over me and most likely every single person that has a soft spot for the Dutch capital.
The first direct train from London to Amsterdam launched at the beginning of April, cutting the time between the two capitals to just three hours and 40-minutes. This not only gives Londoners a more convenient way to visit Amsterdam — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t hate the hassle involved with flying these days? It also makes that spur-of-the-moment trip all much more realistic.
So, swap the regular post-work mid-week drinks at the same old bar and head out for dinner and drinks in Amsterdam, one of the most vibrant capitals of Europe.
The 17.31pm from St. Pancras
While flying is the fast option to get across the channel and into the city, the Eurostar offers freedom. The freedom to arrive at the station just an hour before departure, to take more than the annoying 100ml liquid containers and to leisurely head to the platform without dealing with the mess that ensues in after airport security checks.
On the train, the setting is relaxing and comfortable; spacious seats, onboard, fast wifi, and 300-hours of Amazon Prime TV shows and movies. Get the party started by ordering drinks from the bar while you whizz past the countryside at 300 kph.
A late dinner and drinks in De Pijp
The Eurostar will arrive in Amsterdam Centraal by 9.12pm (10.12pm local time) and leave you right in the city centre without any security or passport checks.
While the Dutch like their dinner as early as possible, there are places in the city that serve good food at a later hour, so head out to Bazaar in the lively neighbourhood of De Pijp. Housed in a former church, the restaurant serves up dishes inspired in Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. And living up to its name, the place feels like a market in a warmer country, with striking colours and cheerful music.
After Bazaar drop by the small and quaint Cafe Flamingo (bonus points for the name) for a beer or one of their fantastic cocktails.
Checking-in at The Hoxton
Finish the evening at The Hoxton’s beautiful bar before checking in and getting some well-deserved sleep in one of the hotel’s canal view bedrooms.
The Hoxton Amsterdam follows in the decor footsteps of the one in Shoreditch. Velvet armchairs, retro lighting and dark wood floors adorn the interior of a canalside dollhouse. And speaking of the exterior, it’s easy to miss the place, considering that the building blends seamlessly with the surroundings.
BACK IN TIME FOR WORK
In the morning, grab your “breakfast bag” left hanging outside your door by the hotel’s “breakfast fairies” and head out to make the 6.15 am train. You’ll have time to catch up on sleep before arriving in King’s Cross by 9.45 am and heading straight to work. You can just tell your boss the train was delayed -- they’ll never know which one.