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International Women’s Day: What’s On

How to celebrate all things womanhood on International Women's Day

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Sunday 8 March marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the global accomplishments of women, and note the changes that still need to be made in achieving universal equality. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, acknowledging that ‘an equal world is an enabled world’ and encouraging the destruction of gender bias and stereotypes.

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Wondering how you can get involved? From empowering panel events to female-led tasting menus and female-inspired exhibitions, here is your C&TH curated guide to this year’s IWD highlights…

Delight in an International Women’s Day-inspired afternoon tea at Brown’s Hotel

Brown's Hotel

Photo by Ming Tang Evans

Treat the woman that inspires you most to a delightful afternoon of tea and treats at Mayfair’s Brown’s Hotel. The luxurious establishment is launching their ‘Ladies Who Tea Together Spa Together’ afternoon tea in celebration of International Women’s Day, in which guests can enjoy a delicious champagne afternoon tea – fluffy finger sandwiches, pastries and scones – and take home a bottle of Irene Forte Body Oil and special invitation to experience The Spa at Brown’s (with a 15 percent discount). Launching on International Women’s Day, 8 March. £75pp,

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Support the #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign

The White Company

A Tiny Kiss To Change Lives Necklace @ The White Company

As part of The Prince’s Trust #ChangeAGirlsLife campaign, over twenty renowned brands – from Burberry to The White Company and L’Oreal Paris – are joining together this International Women’s Day to support the life-changing initiative which supports women across the UK. How can you get involved? From purchasing a ‘SHE SAID’ T-shirt from Bella Freud (in which all profits will be donated to the campaign) to heading to the Deliciously Ella deli (where a portion of sales over IWD weekend will be donated), there is plenty you can do and enjoy in support of next generation women.

Attend an inspiring panel event with the women of Pimlico Road

Hosted by C&TH’s very own interiors editor Carole Annett, Pimlico Road Design District is celebrating International Women’s Day with an empowering female-led panel event featuring some of the area’s most inspiring female brand founders, creative directors and leaders. Expect appearances from the likes of Cox London founder Nicola Cox and design director of Chelsea Textiles, Jenny Simpson to name but a few. 4 March. Tickets from £10.

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Feast on a celebratory six-course tasting menu from two of the industry’s leading ladies

Monica Galetti & Nieves Barragan

Join Monica Galetti and Nieves Barragan for a special six-course tasting menu in celebration of women in the hospitality industry. The Mere and Sabor chef patrons will be cooking up a storm featuring scallops, grilled gurnard, Yorkshire rhubarb tartelata and more, each influenced by their New Zealand and Spanish heritage and served alongside delicious wine pairings from sommelier (and Monica’s husband) David Galetti. £185pp. Book via 0207 268 6565 or

Commemorate women in film with a flick at Catford Mews

Catford Mews

Catch an uplifting female-centred film at independent cinema Catford Mews. The south east picture house and events space will be screening a range of inspiring films revolving women throughout March in celebration of International Women’s Day, from a new film about novelist Toni Morrison to Caramel, an empowering romantic comedy about five women in Beirut.

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See Samantha Louise Emery’s latest female-inspired exhibition

Samantha Louise Emery

Caitlin Moran by Samantha Louise Emery

Head to Carousel to see artist Samantha Louise Emery’s latest multimedia exhibition, personally inspired by ten female muses. From Germaine Greer to Caitlin Moran and even her local Anatolian vegetable seller, Emery draws on the women which have influenced her most to create a spectacular collection of powerful and abstract works. See the exhibition at Carousel in Seven Dials from 2 –19 March.

Join the IWD celebrations at Southbank’s Sea Containers London

Sea Containers

In support of The WOW Foundation which aids women and girls worldwide, Southbank’s Sea Containers London will be lighting up red for the entire weekend of International Women’s Day and hosting an array of celebratory events and offers. Restaurant menus will be transformed with Judith P. Raynault illustrations, rooftop bar 12th Knot will be serving up a specially curated WOW cocktail, whilst cocktail bar Lyaness will unite with Artesian at The Langham Hotel for an IWD takeover where drinks will be served with £1 of each donated to The WOW Foundation. 6 – 8 March,

Drink to International Women’s Day with Martin Miller’s at Duck & Dry

Treat a loved one (or yourself) to a Duck & Dry blow dry throughout March and indulge in a complimentary Rose Garden cocktail infused with Fentimans rose lemonade and Martin Miller’s gin in celebration of ‘GINternationalWomensDay’.

Dance and dine with the girls at Quaglino’s


St. James’s Quaglino’s is pulling out all the stops this International Women’s Day weekend with a live music performance from Formation, brunch special with DJ Soraya (bottomless if you wish), Soul Sunday special with Natalie Williams and more. Head there with the girls for a glamorous afternoon or evening of delicious food and spectacular live acts.

Celebrate women in art with HERSTORY, Women in Art at Maddox Gallery


12 emerging female artists are uniting to curate HERSTORY, a month-long exhibition set to advocate for women in art featuring the ‘faceless’ works of Coco Davez and female-inspired paintings from Sophie Tea. 2 – 24 March, Maddox Gallery,

Dine with Laura Jackson at The Ivy, and learn how to make your life’s passion a success

Laura Jackson

As a TV presenter, podcast host, chef personality and fashion influencer, Laura Jackson knows a thing or two about turning one’s passion into a flourishing business. Sit down to a delicious dinner in the Ivy’s private dining room with Laura and her friend, stylist and Art Director Victoria Bain, as they cover everything from life lessons taught by fearless women to connection in today’s digital age. 9 March, 6:30 – 9:30, £48pp,

Champion female artists at this year’s Affordable Art Fair

Alfredo Palmero Menina in Pinks

Alfredo Palmero Menina, in Pinks, The Hunter Gallery

The Battersea Spring iteration of the Affordable Art Fair is dedicating a day to women in the arts in honour of International Women’s Day. Find out about the female rising stars in today’s art scene and take part in a series of inspirational talks, including a discussion on how to navigate the art world as a woman in the 21st century led by Katy Hessell, the art historian behind the hit Instagram account @thegreatwomenartists. 13 March,

Toast female exploration with adventurer Lucy Shepherd at the Mr Fogg’s Explorer Series

Lucy Shepherd

Lucy Shepherd in Tajikistan

Leading mountaineer, arctic and jungle explorer Lucy Shepherd is the youngest Scientific Exploration Society committee member in history, embodying the spirit of adventure through her achievements while raising awareness of the climate crisis. She will speak about her travels, including a recent trip through a previously un-crossed mountain range in the untouched Guyana Amazon rainforest, at Mr. Fogg’s evening Explorer Series. 23 March, 6:30pm, Mr Fogg’s Residence,

Visit Sophie Tea’s empowering exhibition at the South Place Hotel

St-Germain Mystical Garden

One of the UK’s most exciting new artists, Sophie Tea, is exhibiting her NUDE collection of artworks celebrating female empowerment and body positivity at the South Place Hotel, alongside the beautiful St-Germain Mystical Garden on the hotel’s secret terrace. Inspired by the female form, each colourful piece tells a powerful story about its subject. Throughout spring, South Place Hotel,

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