Waitangi Day Pub Crawl
year we get lots of emails about Waitangi Day. This occurs on the
6th Febuary every year and as part of the celebrations the mass hit
the circle line pub crawl to finish up at Westminster. That's all I
know so I hope the following explains more by a person whom took
article was stolen from Kristy's Travelog...
if the London Underground’s Circle Line wasn’t frustrating enough, my
friends and thousands of Kiwis in the city have found a way to make it
ridiculously crowded and amazingly fun all at the same time!
New Zealanders celebrate their national day on February 6th of each year
and, as there are loads of homesick Kiwis living in the UK, they’ve brought
the celebration to the streets (and under them!) of London.
The Circle Line pub crawl is a popular event undertaken now and then by the
brave and the stupid who are determined to drink a half pint in a pub at
each of the 27 stops along the Circle route. To celebrate Waitangi Day, for
reasons unknown, the Kiwis have adopted this pub crawl as their own and
flock in the thousands with duffel bags packed with tins of beer to
Paddington to start the crawl at about 11am.
The crawl moves en masse in a counter-clockwise direction with stops all
along the route at pubs near the station entrances. Some are straight in
front of you as you leave the station and others take a bit more searching.
Areas with more than one pub nearby will tend to split the crowd a bit, but
the streets will be buzzing with the people who’ve brought their own beer to
save money and are just along for the ride with the occasional stop for a
pee inside one of the pubs.
I really had to feel for the innocent victims of Waitangi Day who were just
out for a quiet Saturday afternoon stroll, or newly arrived tourists who
were caught up in the crush underground. The platforms were ten people deep
and the tube was squashed full of inebriated Kiwis, their friends and
curious tagalongs who felt in necessary to get to their destinations as
loudly and as raucously as possible.
At one stage my friend Joe found himself leading a mini Haka from the steps
leading down to the platform at Notting Hill Gate. I really had no idea
what was going on so crept over to the side to appreciate it. Loads of his
Kiwi compatriots were facing him at the front as he looked on menacingly
from the stairs and joined in. If you’ve ever seen a Haka performed you’ll
appreciate how stirring and impressive it is. But I still had to feel for
the poor old ladies just trying to get home with their shopping who were met
with grimacing men with bulging eyes and outstretched tongues.
The goal is to be at Westminster Abbey at 5pm for a massive Haka which is
led by whoever can make it up to the front of the massive, drunken crowd.
There seemed to be a large proportion of large, rugby type guys with their
shirts off leading the Haka and huge crowds of people from all over the
world looking on in appreciation.
London is packed with Kiwis and it's great to see them come out and show
their pride in their country while they're abroad. So if you're in London in
January and love a good pub crawl and party, then make sure to leave your
groceries at home and hop on the Circle Line and just go with the flow!