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A slice of East London in Amsterdam

Dutch double

Herengracht has long been one of Amsterdam’s finest addresses – a stretch of canal lined with centuriesold townhouses, once home to the city’s noblemen, and mansions where foreign royals lodged on their holidays. This month it’s set to get smarter still with the unveiling of The Hoxton, Amsterdam. The latest offering from the slick London hotel group occupies a 17th-century property that originally housed the city’s mayor. It’s changed a bit since his day – interiors now blend bits of modern designer cool (mid-century furniture, muted colour schemes and swish light fittings) with the occasional reminder of the Dutch Golden Age, with elaborately decorated ceilings and timber beams. As with the Hoxton hotels in Shoreditch and Holborn, the bar and restaurant in this latest incarnation are set to be a particular highlight.

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