There’s always something new happening in Amsterdam from restaurant and bar openings to museums, festivals, hotels and experiences. Here are some rather eclectic things that I’m looking forward to over the coming months…
Street Art Museum
The already phenomenal NDSM wharf on the North side of the river Ij is going to get even more astonishing with an iconic street art museum opening in the Summer of 2018. Housed in a shipyard space that’s twice as big as Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall (yes, wow!) it’s set to be the biggest street art museum on the planet. Showcasing a range of commissioned artworks by some of the world’s leading street artists, all on a giant scale, this is guaranteed to be another must-see gem in Amsterdam’s museum crown. To kick things off, Brazilian street art legend Eduardo Kobra has recently unveiled a 24 meter high portrait of Anne Frank on the museum facade titled “Let Me Be Myself”celebrating the importance of respect for all cultures, religions and identities – a timely reminder in today’s political climate. Everything about this project is bold, modern and attention-grabbing and fits perfectly in this city where the new jostles gloriously alongside the old.
It’s been a long time coming, but Amsterdam is finally going to get its very own Soho House in early 2018. Based in a landmark city property called the Bungehuis which was built in the 1930’s, this 6 floor National Monument will house a club, hotel, a Cecconi’s restaurant, gym, screening room, games room, library and roof terrace. It’s bound to become a “Soho Circus” like its sister properties but there’s no doubt that it will be a great addition to the hotel scene, giving the Hoxton a run for its money. Interesting given it currently operates Lotti’s restaurant there in a partnership arrangement.
An astonishing 16 years ago, construction began on a North/South metro line running under the river from the hip but transport-poor North side of the Ij into Central Station and onwards down to the business heart of the city in the South. The project has been delayed numerous times but it is finally set to open in July – 10 years after the initial opening date and will transform speed of access to many major stations. We can’t wait!
Yip, not an opening but probably the most impactful of Amsterdam’s coming-soon list. At the end of the year (or early next) Eurostar is due to open its first new direct route for many years. We’re talking Kings Cross to Amsterdam Central Station in four hours (less time than it currently takes to get from London to Edinburgh). Stopping at Antwerp, Brussels, Rotterdam and Schipol Airport on the way, with two departures a day in each direction, this is massive news for us and many other frequent travellers. Watch this space for updates.