Autumn events

Events listed here are signposts only; always check with the organiser before spreading the word, before planning to attend, inviting friends or others to join you, and definitely before travelling or incurring any expense. The site editor does not   accept any responsibility - although reasonable care is taken.


Christmas Card by the Koning Willem Fonds

Looking for that Christmas Card with a difference?  Each year the Koning Willem Fonds -the Dutch name of the Netherlands Benevolent Society- sells their card, depicting a fine painting by a Dutch Master from a private collection.

The cards, sold in packs of 10, cost £6.50 per pack; visit to order on-line. The cards can be available with or without a pre-printed greeting inside, which reads: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.

Unfortunately, these cards were not be available in 2016, there is no news about a 2018 edition – yet.


September 2018

Events commencing before 21 September are listed on the Summer page




October 2018

Leiden’s Ontzet

Traditional meal reputedly enjoyed by the citizens of the town of Leiden after the Spanish garrison laying seige to the city had upped sticks, in 1573.

3 October, usually 6pm, organised by Vereeniging Neerlandia, at the Dutch Centre, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA , +44 (0)20 7588 1684




Nederlandse City Lunch:

was : Woensdag 21 oktober at noon for 12.30 :

The Dutch City Lunch is a Dutch language gathering, requires an excellent understanding of Dutch as it is spoken. Prominent people from the Netherlands are invited to give an introduction on a current subject, aimed at ‘keeping up’ and ‘meeting in person’.

, de titel van de voordracht is :

De Nederlandse City Lunch is de zakelijke netwerkclub voor Nederlandstaligen in Londen. Men ontmoet elkaar eens in de zes weken in het Dutch Centre / de Social Hall van de Dutch Church / Nederlandse Kerk Austin Friars.   Zaal open: 12:00, aanvang lezing: 12.30, duur lezing (incl Q&A): ongeveer 45 minuten waarna mogelijkheid tot netwerk lunch buffet.

In verband met catering wordt gevraagd zich tevoren aan te melden, en bij voorziene verhindering ook weer af te melden: danwel Tel: +44 (0) 20 7588 1684.  Toegangsprijs: £10 per persoon, locatie: Dutch Centre/Nederlandse Kerk, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA (nabij Bank en Liverpool Street Underground Stations)


Oranjebal London

was : Saturday 31 October 2015

The 19thOranjebal London, the annual charity gala and social highlight for the Dutch community living in and around London, will be held at the Waldorf Hilton, in the heart of London’s Theatre District. Each year, part of the proceeds goes to a charity, this year : Make-A-Wish Foundation; an organisation that fulfils wishes for children and young people fighting life threatening conditions.

Please note that the domain is now in use for shoes; there was at some point a Linked-in profile


November 2018

Dutch Market

 was : 16 November 2015 around lunch time (12 noon till 2pm, but often sold out early)

An annual opportunity to stock up on traditional Dutch end-of-year goodies. People known personally to the vergers at the Dutch Church or to members of the Committee used to be able to ask for specific items to be reserved and held for them, please enquire, as things may have changed. Organised by Vereniging Neerlandia in the Social Hall of the Dutch Centre / Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA , +44 (0)20 7588 1684.



Sinterklaas intocht

Was : 22 november 2015, in the countryside beyond Chertsey, details after registration.

Just like in the Netherlands, Sinterklaas arrives at various locations in the UK. One such “intocht” in the South-east is (or was?) organised by the Nederlands Comité Surrey.


Cleveringabijeenkomst 2018

was : Thursday 26 November 2015, 6 for 6.30pm, in Dutch!

Prof.dr. V. Icke on ‘De witte stilte van de Oerknal’

Annually and worldwide, aimed at (students and) alumni of Leiden University in London. This requires an excellent understanding of Dutch as it is spoken, and of Dutch history.

Please visit the Leids Universiteits Fonds site at for contact details, and for other details.

updated 1 nov 2015, initial entry based on chance contact with Marten van Harten, a PhD student working on a thesis concerning Prof. Cleveringa’s speech in London in June 1947.


Sinterklaas by Neerlandia

was : Saturday 28 November 2015 1pm for 1.30, until approx. 4pm

The programme is in Dutch, aimed at Dutch speaking children. Boeking via het adres op de website van Vereniging Neerlandia, een bijdrage in de kosten wordt zeer op prijs gesteld.


December 2018


5 December : summary: fake bishop hands out presents to gullible Dutch children, on eve of his presumed birthday; accompanied by Zwarte Piet (‘Sooty Pete’, the chimney sweep).

Traditional Dutch figure, reputedly arrives by steamboat from Spain in the middle of November, supposedly the Bishop of Myra, accompanied by a band of local helpers who all happen to be chimney sweeps going by the name of Zwarte Piet (‘Sooty Pete’).
Children up to the age of about six are encouraged to sing songs and leave gifts for Sint’s horse at the chimney, the gifts will be collected, and sweets left in their place – supposedly by the chimney sweeps, in practice by the parents.

5 December, the day before this legend’s birthday, is Pakjesavond, when a mysterious knock on the door either reveals a bag of presents, or an Sint look-alike. These presents may be of low or high monetary value, most important is that they are accompanied by a Sinterklaasgedicht – a more or less rambling piece of poetry in which Sinterklaas – prompted by the Pieten – informs the children of what they did well and what not : seems those chimney sweeps have nothing better to do than listen at the chimney pot just at the very moment when parents berate their offspring, and brief Sint on what they picked up.


Cirkel Kerstviering

dinsdag 13 december 2016 van 12:0013:30, Nederlandse Kerk, Austin Friars, Londen .

Please note : you’re expected to have a good knowledge of Dutch as it is spoken.

“De Cirkel” werd jarenlang beschreven als ‘voor dames op leeftijd’ – laat dat u niet afschrikken : De Cirkel is al jaren open voor dames van iedere leeftijd.

Nederlandse Kerk / Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, Londen, EC2N 2HA, T: 020 7588 1684


Kerstzangdienst / A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday 18 December 2016 from 6.30pm to 8pm. It is not obvious from the announcement whether this would be in Dutch, in English, or half-and-half.

Nederlandse Kerk / Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA, T: 020 7588 1684


Kerstdienst Nederlandse Kerk Londen

26 December 2016 at 11am, in Dutch and English. Followed by a Christmas Luncheon in the Social Hall. This service recurs annually on the Sunday before Christmas, at the Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HA, T :  020 7588 1684.


Events commencing after 21 December are listed on the Winter page


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