Today is Waitangi Day so yesterdays celebrations here in London were epic to say the least. At 10am we arrived at Paddington Station, all dressed up in doctors scrubs (Shortland Street costume) with our ciders in hand ready to start what was to be a crazy day. As the circle line was down for the weekend we were walking pretty much most of the pub crawl. Even though it was February and cold once we had a few drinks in us we warmed up a treat.
After hanging around for about an hour the crowd got huge and we headed off to the first stop of Bayswater then onto Notting Hill (where the biggest party was), I saw so many people I hadn’t seen in years, it was so great to catch up with fellow kiwis on the other side of the world.
The next stop on the pub crawl was High Street Kensington, at this point things were getting a little crazy and the streets were filled with all sorts of people dressed in sheep, cows, all blacks, rowers, tool guys and whatever else kiwiana thing you can think of!
We continued the walk to Gloucester Road and finally South Kensington. At this point the haka was going to kick off in 30mins at Westminster so we decided to jumped on the tube there and head for Westminster.
It was madness to say the least at the station, all the poor unsuspecting tourists didn’t know what had hit them!! Everyone piled into Parliment Square for the haka. It was an amazing place to be with a great backdrop, unfortunately being so small and because there was so many people, I hardly saw or heard the haka, but at least I can say I was there!
The Waitangi Day pub crawl was an amazing day and made me feel very proud to be a kiwi! The event was so well organised and I loved how happy the police looked at every point. Looking forward to next year.