Embassy of the Netherlands opened the gates for the first time in its history. Visitors were treated to a comprehensive tour of the abstract style diplomatic mission and a cup of Dutch coffee.
The Dutch diplomatic mission has occupied its 38 Hyde Park Gate residence in Kensington since the end of the Second World War.
The monumental red brick facade of the seven storey 19th century building is in contrast with its brand new bold and bright abstract interior design by Dutch artists. The interior designer of the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs and her colleague who is in charge of the Netherlands Government Art Collection took part in 2012 renovations at the embassy.
British design by Paul Smith can be seen on the fabrics of all the chairs and loose cushions.
I enjoyed a cup of Dutch coffee from a retro style coffee machine in the Embassy bar and was quite impressed with hospitable and arty Dutch embassy in London.
News and photos by Eugenie Absalom