Usually every first weekend of February, London residents desperately try to avoid the subway, as the infamous Circle Line Pub Crawl takes place to celebrate Waitangi Day – a Kiwi tradition involving more than 10,000 drunken revellers.
Starting off at Baker Street Tube Station, head to the nearest pub and grab yourself a drink. Get back on the tube and head west to your the next stop and your next pub. The goal is to finish at your starting point for your 28th celebratory drink. Not for the faint hearted, this circular subway line in central London has 27 stops which means 27 pubs and 28 drinks. But most of important of all, you’ve got to make it to the Parliament buildings around 4pm-5pm where hundreds of Kiwi men line up to do the Haka.
Not surprisingly for the last few years the Circle Line was closed for ‘engineering works’. But those persistent Kiwis kept it going by pub crawling on foot. No matter what, this pub crawl demands time and stamina. If you’re going to try and do the whole thing, stick with half pints. One interesting observation, have you ever noticed that the Circle Line is actually shaped like a beer bottle?