How to celebrate International Women's Day in London

By Luxury London

Mar 3, 2020

International Women's Day falls on Sunday 8 March 2020, so mark these dates in your calendar and don't miss London's top events celebrating female artists, authors, architects, chefs, broadcasters and mixologists all over the city

Feminism: Then and Now with Mary Beard, Mayfair

Dame Mary Beard will join Jo Ellison, editor of How To Spend It, in the fourth installation of Fenwick’s ‘Women and Power’ series. The talk will be hosted by designer Edeline Lee, whose AW19 presentation incorporated powerful speeches by LGBT campaigners, members of parliament, musicians and feminist icons including Beard, and will consider ‘Feminism: Then and Now’ in light of the fashion industry. Held at Fenwick’s Bond Street Kitchen, the discussion will be a well-informed examination of an industry that has routinely exploited women and what it means to be a feminist in the world of fashion today. 

Thursday 12 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm; free but booking essential; Fenwick, 63 New Bond Street, W1S 1RQ; eventbrite.co.uk

In conversation with Laura Jackson at The Ivy Soho Brasserie, Soho

Podcaster, style influencer and founder of Hoste London Laura Jackson will be joined by friend and stylist Victoria Bain at The Ivy’s Soho branch for an exclusive ticketed dinner and discussion. The two will cover the importance of female friendship in the context of work environments, how to turn a passion project into a professional success story, digital detoxing and lessons from inspirational women, as guests are served a two-course supper at The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s private dining room. 

Monday 9 March, 6.30pm-9.30pm; £48 per person; The Ivy, 26-28 Broadwick Street, W1F 8JB; theivycollectionevents.giftpro.co.uk

HerStory - Women in Art at Maddox Gallery, Mayfair

HerStory calls for London’s art galleries to address the fact that only 28% of artists represented by London galleries are women, and provides a powerful platform for women’s pieces such as Beau Dunn’s witty neon signs, Emily Ponsonby’s soft-focus portraits, Coco Davez’s graphic canvases and Sophie Tea’s colourful paintworks. The Maddox Gallery, which also champions emerging artists and well-known names such as the Connor Brothers, will host the exhibition throughout March.

Until Monday 23 March; 9 Maddox St, Mayfair, London W1S 2QE; maddoxgallery.com

WOW Women of the World festival, various locations 

Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival turns 10 this year, and is marking the anniversary with an impressive line-up of thought-provoking speakers, panel discussions and workshops that explore gender equality across the globe and draw attention to the most timely matters affecting women and girls today. This year's festival involves headliners such as Naomi Wolf (The Beauty Myth), Deborah Frances-White (The Guilty Feminist), Scarlett Curtis (Feminists Don't Wear Pink), Sandi Toksvig (co-founder of the Women's Equality Party), Emma Dabiri (Don't Touch My Hair), Edward Enninful (Editor-in-chief of British Vogue), Dina Asher-Smith (fastest British woman in history) and Shazia Mirza (comedian). 

6–8 March 2020, various locations, southbankcentre.co.uk

Look up London walking tour, various locations 

Follow in the footstep of history's Suffragettes, female politicians, mathematicians and activists this week. St James's is hosting a 'Look up London' walking tour on Friday 6 March, ahead of International Women's Day. The tour will lead guests from the place where Ada Lovelace created the world's first algorithm to the room where Virginia Woolf penned her most famous works, as well as showcasing London's iconic female-designed architecture. See the link below for further walking tours celebrating the eclectic history of London’s women. 

The Suffragettes, 1921

Until Sunday 8 March; £15, lookup.london

Dinner with Monica Galetti and Nieves Barragan, Fitzrovia

In honour of International Women’s Day, sit down for a very special collaborative supperclub on 11 March with culinary maestros, Monica Galetti and Nieves Barragan. A selection of welcome canapes will be followed by a six-course tasting menu, served within the elegant surrounds of Mere in Bloomsbury, run by Monica and David Galetti. Dishes will be accompanied by wine pairings by David, focussing solely on wines from New Zealand and Spain to reflect each chef's heritage. 

Monica and David Galetti, Mere

Wednesday 11 March; tickets £185.00 - for all enquiries and bookings contact Mere on 0207 268 6565 or email bookings@mere-restaurant.com; 74 Charlotte St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 4QH

A live recording of The Happy Vagina podcast at The Nest, Marylebone

Filmmaker and actress Mika Simmons is marking International Women's Day with a live broadcast of her podcast The Happy Vagina. Hosted at The Nest, Treehouse London's rooftop bar, the podcast will see broadcaster Zoe Hardman, chef Melissa Hemsley and DJ Kate Lawler join Simmons for a discussion on expectations – those that society puts on women, those women put on each other and those women put on themselves. Ten per cent of all ticket sales will go towards The Lady Garden Project, a charity founded by Simmons to raise awareness and funding for research into gynaecological cancers.

The Nest, photography by Simon Brown

Sunday 8 March; tickets £15 including coffee and a pastry; The Nest at the Treehouse Hotel London, 14-15 Langham Place, London, W1B 2QS; eventbrite.co.uk

Art on a Postcard's first all-female auction

Online auction house Art on a Postcard is hosting its first all-female auction in honour of International Women's Day. Featuring more than 300 works by burgeoning and established women artists, the auction will raise money for The Hepatitis C Trust, a charity that is campaigning to eradicate hepatitis C by 2025. Read more about Art on a Postcard here.

Notes for Women by Justine Smith

An exhibition of rare books by and about women

Mayfair-based bookseller Peter Harrington is hosting an exhibition of exceptional works by and about women. Bringing together unique items from women activists, mathematicians, poets and medical practitioners from the 17th to the 20th centuries, the showcase will feature a rare complete run of Sylvia Pankhurst’s revolutionary socialist journal Germinal (1923), Jennifer Dawson’s novel, The Ha Ha (1961), one of the earliest pieces of literature to discuss women's mental health, and a Hallelujah The Pill!! poster by Mari Tepper, celebrating birth control. 

Hallelujah The Pill!! by Mari Tepper

Until Wednesday 18 March; 43 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF; peterharrington.co.uk

Ladies in Liquor(ette) celebrates top female distillers, Fitzrovia 

Putting a spotlight on the best female distillers this International Women’s Day is Liquorette, which will be launching a limited-edition menu featuring spirits crafted by women. With some historic and iconic names, alongside some great new players, the menu brings together top spirits and their distillers including Brighton Gin & Kathy Caton, Laphroaig & Bessie Williamson, Maker’s Mark & Margie Samuels, Del Maguey Santo Domingo Albarradas & Rosa Morales Luis, Appleton & Joy Spence – just to name a few.

Friday 6 March, 6pm-1am; cocktails from £9; 6 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HL; liquorette.co.uk