Celebrating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which gave more rights to the Maori population amongst other powers, Waitiangi Day is New Zealand’s most important national celebration. In their home country, the day is a public holiday but London’s New Zealanders tend to celebrate on the Saturday closest to 6th February. This year, celebrations will take place on Saturday 4th February, commencing with the annual Circle Line Pub Crawl. The aim is to have a drink at each of the designated 27 pubs along London Underground’s Circle line. The day tends to turn into a large street party with the haka taking place at 4pm followed by after-parties late into the night.
If you’d like to join the Circle Line Pub Crawl, the festivities begin at 10am on Saturday 4th February at The Pride of Paddington pub. For the late-starters, the second stop will be The Old Swan in Notting Hill Gate at 11am. The pub crawl continues along the London Underground circle line with the traditional haka taking place at 4pm at Old Palace Yard, just opposite Westminster Abbey. The event is free although there may be charges for the after parties. Venues such as Belushi’s in Hammersmith and The Slug and The Elk in Fulham are likely to throw on a night of Kiwi music and food to help you celebrate into the early hours.
If the Circle Line Pub Crawl isn’t your cup of tea but you’d like to celebrate Waitangi Day anyway, why not try the annual Waitangi Day Charity Ball? Organised by the New Zealand Society, this black-tie event includes a three-course meal, raffle and silent auction. Starting at 6.30pm and finishing late, last year’s event was held at the Jumeriah Carlton Tower’s Ballroom in Knightsbridge. Tickets for members of the New Zealand Society are £150 per person or £170 for non-members. The Ball also features Kiwi music, wines and the presentation of the 2017 New Zealander of the Year Award.
Whether you’re taking part in the Ball or the Pub Crawl, make the most of your visit to London for Waitangi Day by making sure you stay in the perfect rental accommodation for you. At Eventful Stays, you have the choice of staying in studios, apartments, spare rooms, bed and breakfasts or boats. Check out our accommodation in London.
If you’re heading into London for Waitangi Day, why not stay a bit longer to experience everything this amazing city has to offer: take some time to relax in one of the capital’s most beautiful green spaces, Richmond Park; check out the skyline from above in the London Eye; and take a tour around the site of many famous All Black wins, Twickenham Stadium.
To find out more information about the national celebrations, please head to the New Zealand Society website, where you’ll be able to find out about the history of the Waitangi Day celebrations, all the latest events for 2017, including the charity ball, as well as how to find out more about the Circle Line Pub Crawl.
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