Friday, January 20, 2017
Everything you need to know! The 2017 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???
Not this year.. Aldgate to Edgeware Road is closed which is pretty much our entire route. But this happens many years and so we will walk, see below for the route!
One of the rules since it started was that we don't use the District Line.... it is open, but partially suspended. However if you must cheat, then see the rules below.
Starting time? Starting locations? Date?
10am Saturday February 4th 2017.
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, no it's not too early princess...)
What's the route?
Here it is! (link fixed)
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.
If you cheat and take the District Line 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 BROAD SANCTUARY 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 to what's left of the Wellington 7's and a night out in any big Kiwi city.
Ok, what about the after parties???? Do I need tickets for anything??
ALL INFO HERE. There will be after parties at The Slug in Fulham, Belushis in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith and Temple Walkabout! The Slug have tickets for sale for £3 so check the link to grab yours now!
NEW Map of where we will all meet for the Haka
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