Saturday, February 13, 2016
2016 - done!
In fact not one complaint was received by any of the pub crawl team!
What makes this crawl so different than others is that it has no organisers. Nobody runs it. This is an organic event that has run for 33 years and has the full support of the Met Police and Transport for London (TFL). It is to our credit that we have such a well behaved crowd every year and we have very little trouble. We have been told that in the last 4 crawls, we have had 1 arrest! Compare this to the event in New Zealand, or any similar event in NZ (like the sevens etc) and you'll see a lot of arrests.
So... did we survive the media? In 2012 we had a guy make up allegations about the crawl which he was slammed for by the over 9000 who attended as well as the media, who first were excited to pour negativity on the event, only to turn around and "almost" apologise for it. As a result, pub crawl reporting has been much more positive thanks to journalists attending the event or participating in it to see how well it goes.
This year we did pretty well....
The NZ Herald added a video as well as a positive story.
Newshub (TV3) did some good coverage, trying to interview some very jolly "tipsy" Kiwis about the flag change!
However there is (once again) Stuff (Fairfax) who decided it was a far better idea to make us look bad. The headline and article tried to compare our enjoyment to the "embarrassing" behaviour back in NZ. We complained to Stuff for the made up story and they stood by it. The moral of the story is that Fairfax and Stuff will always see the value in negative stories, even if blatant lies, to get the clicks they want. When we spoke out about this, other people fronted up to us with their own Fairfax horror stories about stories they had run that were either complete fabrications or quotes stolen from Facebook pages without interviewing them.
All we can say is that if they call us for a story we will give them the same respect as they give the Kiwi community in London.
All that aside, we are excited for 2017. The date is set for Saturday February 4! 10am.
See you in 2017!!!
Monday, January 25, 2016
2016 AFTER PARTIES
** The Slug at Fulham ** SOLD OUT!
But we will open the Slug in Wimbledon instead... so the following still applies
£3 entry with a free drink on arrival! DOOR SALES OPEN NOW
Open from 11am - 2am ! They will have epic drink deals including £2 jagerbombs ALL day long as well as a whole heap of drinks at £1.95 at selected times throughout the whole day and night.
2 Djs playing the best Kiwi tunes!
**Elk Bar** Fulham!!
Great Fulham bar extremely popular with the Kiwi community, Elk Bar is open until 1am!
SPECIALS: Pavlova cocktail £4.95 Vodka, Mixed Berry Puree Half/Half
Feijoa Vodka & Cloudy Apple £4.95
42 Below Feijoa & Apple Juice
Mamaku Sauvignon Blanc: Glass £4.50,
Kiwi Burger £5.00
7oz Beef Patty, Beetroot Mayo, Grilled Pineapple,
Cheese, Fried Egg, Toasted Brioche Bun & Fries
Lamb Sub £5.00
Lamb Patty, Caramelised Onion, Pepper Mayo
Toasted Sub & Fries
The Jafa Platter £15.00
Fries, Lamb Kofta’s, Onion Rings, Pita Bread, Hash Browns, Hummus,
Sweet Chilli Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Salsa, Sweetcorn Relish, Chipotle Mayo
A sweet location for the biggest and best party pub in Hammersmith right across the road from the tube station in Hammersmith. The team there will have Kiwi music blasting all night with drink deals like: £3 pints of beer and cider (Fosters, Strongbow, Snakebite) £2.50 Bombs (Jager and Agwa)
Free entry starts 7pm**
£3 Double spirits and mixer and 25% off food
Also if you have a Kiwis in London card you will get £3 drink promotions including, strongbow, vodka and mixer (excl. red bull), JD and mixer (excl red bull) and jägerbombs.
£5 entry before 10pm £7 after 10pm. Free entry if you have a Kiwis in London Card
AND 2 DJs across 2 rooms on the night till 3am.
Thursday, February 05, 2015
One Month to go for 2016!!
This blog is independent although we do get help from the useful Waitangi Day Facebook page.
Read the posts below to get a taste of what is to come. With a month to go, it's time to get the costume thought about as it will be a day of mad colour and Kiwiana!
Don't forget the times for the pub crawl, 10am at the Pride of Padding ton (or 11am at the statue at Notting Hill Gate) and get to Westminster for 4pm for the annual end of pub crawl haka.
We anticipate around 4000-5000 people to make it at this time for the haka.
After 4pm, go to an AFTER PARTY!! Enjoy!
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Everything you need to know! The 2016 Version!
Plenty of questions coming up on the wall so we thought we'd recap all the main things to know for the day!
Is the Circle Line open???
So far YES it is!
Starting time? Starting locations? Date?
10am Saturday February 6th 2016.
If you're starting at the traditional time of 10am then head to the Pride of Paddington (map) or their website here) The Pride of Paddington is open earlier so get in and have some breakfast there! You can also go to the Bayswater Arms too - find the route map here for info!
Also from 11am Notting Hill Gate will have a few of you starting there. The Old Swan will be open or you can hang around the Bird Statue. (the Old Swan website here) Mostly people get here around 10:30-11am!
We recommend kicking off at the traditional starting point at Paddington at 10am
How much? Are there tickets? Is this free?
It's all 100% free to do the pub crawl! Join in whenever along the route. It's free. The only cost is your drinks and the after parties!
What can I expect from the day??
It's a street/pub party like you have never ever experienced before. Good natured fun, Kiwis having a laugh, meeting new friends, finding old friends, being good to the locals and not breaking any laws.
Any rules? Instructions from the police?
Don't be dicks. Don't carry glass about and listen to everything the cops say on the day. A full run down of what the police have told us can be found here.
Tube travellers will need to remember the ancient rules of all pub crawls beforehand, which is NO SITTING, DO NOT hold onto anything but one another and of course courtesy to ALL tube travellers not on the crawl.
Advice from the NZ High Commission (when we met them in 2012) can be found here.
Can we drink on the streets??
The Police will enforce the street drinking ban but they will be using their common sense, (and expect us to as well) just like every other year. Essentially, be sensible and follow instructions from the Police. If you have done the pub crawl in other years you are all aware that the police are very easy going and get into the spirit of the event - but that is because we are also good natured enough to not be dicks.
We encourage when you see members of the public trying to get through the crowds to give them 100% your support and let them through. Give them absolutely no reason to complain, and surprise them with our typical Kiwi charm and politeness!
4PM at Old Palace Yard, you'll have Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament behind you. It's a nice space, the same as last year. The police will point you in the right direction. We have published a map at the bottom of this post for you! It will be very crowded here so listen to any instructions from the police and help any Kiwis out if they seem a little overwhelmed at this point.
If you are pissed please try not to do the haka and leave it for the experts.
We're trying to avoid having overexcited NZ TV crews beam us back home as looking disrespectful. Considering we have had no arrests in years and only 1 complaint in 2014, our pub crawl is nothing compared to something like the Wellington 7's... with mass arrests and general "outrage" from the social media.
Ok, what about the after parties???? Do I need tickets for anything??
Nope, no tickets needed. All info for parties in Temple, Fulham and Hammersmith can be found here!
NEW Map of where we will all meet for the Haka
Monday, January 12, 2015
The Route! the 2016 updated version!
Here it is! A map and toilet list for the day. Whew.We have to stress that with the several (several) thousand participants coming on the crawl - that this is a rough map of how to get about on the day! We have broken it up into stops and will also try and include toilets as well (We will add more details to it as we get closer to the date)
This map is useful to those who will be walking the route. If you are on the tubes, you will probably only need some of this map - however with tube overcrowding, (thanks to us!) there may be a need to walk a little. It's good for you and you'll see some cool parts of London too!
The Police are aware of this route and the areas around it, so if at any stage you get lost or have any problems, find an officer or one of our lovely stewards!
All the times we have mentioned are a rough guide according to Google. We know that these are wildly wrong as we will be getting our party on and enjoying the warmth of the pubs (and other people)....
Remember the drinking laws as well... We have covered the laws here
This is the traditional starting point for the pub crawls of recent history. The Pride of Paddington will be open nice and early for us. We meet here around 10am, have a feed, a breakfast pint or two and head along the street to the next stop... a gentle scenic walk to Bayswater. This is a 16 minute walk.
Most years Kiwis play cricket along the street at Bayswater, thanks to its not so busy main street and plenty of willing fielders... incl in the past the friendly police.
TOILETS - just make sure if you do decide to break the seal, to do before you leave Paddington. otherwise hold on until Bayswater.
Notting Hill Gate to High Street Kensington
(The Prince of Wales)
In other years the very end of this street (where I have put a red cross) which is by a war memorial, gets really really busy. Please DO NOT use this outside area to go to the toilet in. This area will have a few police around to keep us off the road as well.
TOILETS - Easier said than done, but hopefully the 7 min trek will not be too painful for you all.
South Kensington to Sloane Square
There still isn't a designated pub here as far as I know either so it's a free for all if you can find a decent one! It's a 20 min walk between stations so plenty of time for trouble and mayhem. Try and not break any laws, at this stage we will be well refreshed and no doubt noisy! Just remember to NOT BE DICKS
TOILETS. There are pay toilets outside W H Smiths Junction with Sloane Gardens (20p)
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Another 17 minute walk and by now we are back into an area with more pubs. Our usual pub has been demolished so it's another free for all around here. The good news is having more pubs around here, we will have more toilets as well as Victoria station. Try to not scare the tourists coming out of Victoria :)
TOILETS - Try all the bars in the area and also the toilets at Victoria station. Try to hold on and don't piss on any shops or houses unless you want Dylan Clements taking a photo of you!
TOILETS - There is a McDonalds along this route where you could try and use and little else. As this is the last big push before we get to Westminster, it might be ok to hold as there are toilets in Westminster and lots of pubs too.
TOILETS - There may be some portaloos here for us. There are a few public toilets for tourists, but I recommend at this stage to find a pub, be nice and get it out of you there. Police are expecting some people to be urinating in public, but please do not piss on monuments or buildings of any type. Do whatever you can to look after yourself and others.
As for the Haka - this is as unorganised as everything else on this crawl. Out of the all the crawls we have done, we have seen it 6 times and have been a particpant 4 of them. It is hard to know anything at this point as we're drunk, tired and plus nobody organises this publicly. If you are drunk we seriously would reconsider participating in the haka. Leave it for the experts or those who won't look dumb doing it.
The last think we want Kiwis back home to see on the news is a lot of drunk people doing this... the media will paint us badly, no matter how much you love NZ and our culture, so don't get tempted!
In this area it pays to get yourself to the front of the yard area, or if not, get to a point where you can watch it. If you miss out, don't stress. Get some photos of the event, thank the police for another awesome day out and get yourself out to an after party. (after parties will be advertised here on this blog and on the Facebook page)
Check out these links for toilets:
TFL Toilet Map! (pdf)
Kensington And Chelsea Toilet List
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Meeting the Police! (updated for 2016)
Note, this is now updated for 2016 as we have had more information come in from the police. They are up for a great day, but if they see crazy drunkeness and misbehaviour, they will be making sure they will calm us down. Stick with your mates, find a steward if possible or flag down an officer if you find yourself in any difficulty.
A Waitangi tradition is having a bit of a laugh with the police during the route of the pub crawl and this year will be no exception.
Many believe the police are quite a stern bunch but my visits and phonecalls with the police were completely the opposite as we shared Waitangi memories and jokes.
They have let us know that our presence is an event the police look forward to, not just observing, but also participating in. Many police are also trying to learn the haka in time for the event!
In the past we dealt with Bruce, who helped us a LOT in 2012, 13 and 14. He has been 100% supportive of the day and TV3 did a great feature of him in 2014 which you can watch here!
The Police just want us to be reminded about what will make the day easier for us and them. They have already done all the planning regarding blocking off the area for the haka and have police allocated (many who jumped at being involved) for the day.
As many of you know, Parliament square (thanks to protesters) have made it impossible for us to have the haka in the traditional spot on Parliament Square. However, as like last year, we have been moved ever so slightly across to Old Palace Yard, and police will point us in that direction on Saturday, so that’s no problem. We’ll still have Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as our backdrop!
Just a few things to keep in mind:
Look after yourselves and your mates.
Try and have a decent breakfast and eat along the way.
Running in front of traffic or straying too far off crossings isn’t such a great idea.
Look out for your belongings and throw your trash out in bins. (Police will ask Westminster to provide more bins for the event) Please don't chuck litter/cans on the ground, be a Tidy Kiwi and hold on until you see a bin.
There is STILL a drinking ban around Westminster, so Police will probably ask for you to empty your vessel! (compulsory consume!!!)
Drinking on the street and underground will be challenged by police, please try and keep it to the pubs.
Police ARE going to enforce the street drinking ban if you are caught being dumb and waving about open vessels. They WILL be handing out exclusion notices which are warnings to those who think they're above the law. If you get one of these, get out of the area or you may be fined.
Essentially don’t be dicks.
Glasses/glass bottles or any other unsuitable drink container will be seized by police (don’t want anyone to get hurt or any punctures from broken glass etc)
If the police direct you, please try and follow their directions.
That’s pretty much it. We have to admit the police were extremely enthusiastic about the event and want it to run for many many more years without any problems for us or them. It’s a sign that we have been bloody brilliant in previous years for them to still be this good natured about it considering all the trouble that the police have had in London over the last 12 months.
Don’t forget while we’re out there enjoying the crawl that the police have been working extremely hard recently and we should take a moment to thank them for being legends during the riots and being hugely supportive of our annual event. We couldn’t have honestly have asked for a better bunch of officers working with us on the day, so we know it will be a wicked day out!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Media and Pub Crawl
When I stepped in to answer phone interviews (I had about 20 of them, mainly me disputing everything) and with the kind assistance of the Met Police who was happy to give his number to the media - the Police also rejected the allegations - *most* newspapers were quite happy to amend their stories. However there was damage done to our reputation in London. People at home were "disgusted" by the event and those who had never even left NZ or been on the crawl judged us all to be drunken reckless idiots. Obviously with an event as big as this there will always be people that will act like dicks, however we experienced ZERO arrests on the day and the feedback from the participants, the bar owners and the police was nothing but positive.
This is proof that despite our massive numbers and the fact that we are drinking from 10am, we are still a lot better behaved than events that take place in New Zealand - (Wellington 7's for instance)
It wasn't just the Police or myself who helped fix this, everybody who spoke to their home town newspapers back home made things better, and there were dozens of you! Once again it was proof that the Kiwi community in London is a lot stronger when we work together, and we didn't let people like Dylan win.
This year the media will ask me and others again about this and I expect some similar "reporting" will be done. The news LOVE a good drunken scandal to get the armchair complainers back home wound up.
I have decided I will be careful with any comments I make to any media, especially those who decided to "report" the allegations without doing any investigating. What you guys do is your choice, as we all showed the media that they were wrong to report their "story" and many papers (Herald, Stuff.co.nz etc) looked stupid. I know it isn't much, but this is OUR day and if they want our family, friends and others to judge us on flimsy news reporting then I don't want part of it. This event has lasted for decades and nobody wants it to end.
I don't include TV3 in this, they have been very supportive of Kiwis in London. But of course if you're going to be on camera, it will be played on the TV at home and I am sure you all know some of the people back home will judge us no matter what!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
My meeting with the NZ High Commissioner (updated for 2015)
It was a good meeting as I got to hear about the good work our high commission gets up to while here in London, especially in regards to immigration. I know most of you understand that the Visa rule changes for us coming to the UK have been sometimes frustrating - however they have been working hard on this to make life easier for us!
I asked for some words of wisdom from them to share with you all and they responded with: "The New Zealand High Commission in London supports a responsible, safe and respectful celebration by the New Zealand community in London to honour the occasion."
Lets try and keep to the spirit of these words! If I have any update from Sir Lockwood, I will let you know!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Classic video of 2008 Pub Crawl
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The route for this year....same as the other years!
Paddington - Pride of Paddington
Bayswater - Bayswater Arms
Nottinghill Gate- The Old Swan
High Street Kensington - Prince of Wales
Gloucester Rd - Stanhope Arms
South Kensington - Zetland Arms
Sloane Square - Oriel
Victoria - Duke of York
St James Park - The Old Star
Westminster- Red Lion
Embankment - Queen Mary
Temple - Temple Walkabout (get in here right after the Haka or you'll be waiting ages to get in!)
FYI - blow up sheep (for the day!) can be found here. Only £3.50 (plus delivery)
New Zealand flags ONLY £3.99 for a 5"x3" (plus delivery) can be found here.
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Last notes before this weekend - 2006!
Baker Street (Wellington)
Edgware Road (Whangarei)
Notting Hill Gate (Gisborne)
High Street Kensington (Napier)
Gloucestor Road ( Palmerston)
South Kensington (Wellington)
Sloane Square (Blenheim)
St James Park ( Timaru)
Embankment ( Dunedin)
Blackfriars ( Invercargill)
Mansion House (Queenstown)
Cannon Street (Greymouth)
Tower Hill (Nelson)
Liverpool Street (New Plymouth)
Farringdon (Te Awamutu)
Kings Cross (Hamilton)
Euston Square (Dargaville)
Great Portland Street (Kaitaia)
Some people are bringing their MP3 players and speakers to bang out some Kiwi tunes, and others are bringing cameras to capture the mayhem. After the crawl, I would love to be sent some photos so we can put them up here on the site.
Another suggestion is to have a ready stash of cans available if you anticipate waiting outside some pubs due to the crowds. It is also a cheaper option if you find yourself drinking away your food money for the month of February!
See you on the day, and we'll have a big one! All other info pop me an email.
Monday, December 05, 2005
I do not endorse any of the pubs we visit nor do I work for any pub/club. I am just looking at making new friends and have a lot of fun doing so. Any ideas or tips to help the day go as smoothly as possible are appreciated.
All comments are very welcome and I look forward to meeting you!