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On the north bank of the River Thames you will find the home of ghosts, rugby banter, and self-exiled kiwis. The Black Lion is an modern in English Pub in Hammersmith owned by Buzz Cousins; it serves great ale, great wine, and great food.

In a partnership with The New Zealand Society. Buzz is organising a Kiwi Festival on the 2nd & 3rd August. It will feature live music fro New Zealand's iconic jazz combo, The Nairobi Trio. You will also be able to watch a Hakas performance, which is a Maori ceremonial war dance. It is a posture dance performed by a group, with vigorous movements and stamping of the feet with rhythmically shouted accompaniment. The New Zealand Rugby team's practice of performing a haka before their matches has made the dance more widely known around the world.

Entry is free, but you can also book a wine tasting session for 12.50 by calling 020 8748 2639. During the session you will get to taste ten different New Zealand wines. Alternatively, you might like to try something a bit different, and book a hangi tasting session for 17.50. A hangi is a raditional New Zealand Maori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven and is still used for special occasions. You will get to taste delicious food and five different wines.
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Why? Enjoy Kiwi culture
When: 2nd & 3rd Aug
Phone: 020 8748 2639
Where: The Black Lion, Hammersmith
Cost: Free entry, tasting sessions 12.50/17.50
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