There are regular informal gatherings in a number of towns – Amsterdam, Den Haag, and Leiden – and occasional gatherings in other places such as Rotterdam. The idea is to allow Oxford and Cambridge alumni to meet others living in their area for conversation, drinks, dinner, whatever is desired. Anyone with an Oxford or Cambridge connection is welcome, no matter whether an expatriate working here or a Dutch former Oxbridge student. You do not need to be a member of The Oxford and Cambridge Society of the Netherlands. If you wish, you can contact someone on the committee to find out more about the plans or the locations, but otherwise feel free just to turn up. Someone from the committee will anyway be present at the gathering whenever possible.
The dates are announced on our home page well in advance. The general scheme is as follows:
Amsterdam: first Wednesday of every month, starting around 8 pm
Den Haag: last Tuesday of every month, starting from 8 pm
Leiden: third Tuesday of certain months, starting from 6:30 pm
In all cases the dates will be confirmed by e-mail to those who live in the corresponding regions and also made known via the home page, via LinkedIn and Facebook.
The locations for these gatherings tend to be constant each month, but again any changes will be announced via the home page and e-mail. Click on the links below for more details of these particular cafés.
Café de Jaren
Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22
1012 CP Amsterdam
Tel: (020) 6255771
(On arrival, look for a sign on table near door)
Nearest tram stop is Muntplein (routes 4/9/16/24/25) then walk South and turn left (across the water) into Nieuwe Doelenstraat. The Café is about 200 metres along the street on the right hand side. Nearest parking garage = Stopera.
2511 CR Den Haag
Tel: (070) 3629043
There is a car park under the Plein itself. The location is a short walk from Den Haag Centraal Station – leave the station towards the town centre, cross the tram tracks, walk down Bezuidenhoutseweg/Herengracht until it changes into a pedestrian shopping street (Korte Poten), and then after two blocks you reach Plein.
corner of Kaiserstraat and Boisotkade
2311 PZ Leiden
This pub is close to the old Observatory (Sterrewacht) about 10 minutes walk from Centraal Station. Car parking is not possible, except on the other side of Witte Singel.