Friday, January 20, 2017
Everything you need to know! The 2018 Version!
Here is all you need to know to survive the big day!
Is the Circle Line open???
Yes and No, haha. The circle line is open for our route, but other parts of the line is down. This could lead to some delays but it's a good excuse to walk some of the legs too, which we do anyway most years!
Starting time? Starting locations? Date?
10am Saturday February 3rd 2018.
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, and no it's not too early, ya princess...)
What's the route?
Here it is! Hit the link and all will be revealed!
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.
NO DRUGS - The Police are monitoring this rule especially hard. Refer to the first rule of not being a dick and leave that shit at home
When you are on the tube there is NO SITTING, DO NOT hold onto anything but one another and of course courtesy to ALL tube travellers not on the crawl. Try and not use the District Line, that is cheating. :)
Advice from the NZ High Commission 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. No glass on the streets eh!
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 it was like at 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??
We have an official after party no more than 10 min walk from the haka! Better still, it's across the bridge, so after the haka, have a scenic walk over Westminster Bridge to our awesome venue. All info is here!
We will have 50 Kiwi (and Aussie) beers available, incl craft beers as well as Steiny and Speights, Kiwi vodka 42 Below, live music, PIES in our Kiwi bakery and loads more in our huge space! The location is awesome, nice and close to the end point so make sure you lock this bad boy in!
Other bars opening are:
Elk Bar will have Kiwi burgers grilling away, £2.95 bottles of Sol, £3.95 Mojitos and £9.95 for 3 Jagerbombs til 10pm!
Hammersmith Belushis will be open with drink specials from 5pm -8pm, £3 pints of beer and cider (Fosters, Strongbow, Snakebite), £2.50 Bombs (Jager and Agwa) and £3 Double spirits and mixer plus live music on from 7.30pm - 9.30pm and DJ from 10pm - 2.30am.
Too busy at Belushis Hammersmith? Outside the front door and 10 metres away is the bus stop that can get you to Shepherds Bush, and a 5 min walk to the Belushis there. They are all set to handle the crowds too!
Map of where we will all meet for the Haka