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10 Brilliant Things To Do In London To Celebrate International Women’s Day

Holly Platt-Higgins Holly Platt-Higgins

International Women's Day

Hit the streets of London and celebrate the sisterhood this International Women’s Day!

Alright ladies, our time is finally here. International Women’s Day is coming in hard and fast on the 8th of March and this year, it’s bigger, badder and braver than ever.

If you’re looking to celebrate being a nasty woman who makes their own paper, lives their best life and generally beams badass vibes into the world around them, then we’re here to help you find the perfect way to rejoice in all of your amazing womanhood!

1. Brew your own beer

For the fourth year running, Brewhouse & Kitchen are inviting the women of London to come and brew a tribute beer in honour of International Women’s Day. (The proceeds of which will be donated to Breast Cancer Research.) Traditionally thought of as ‘a man’s drink’, few people seem to know that in Ancient Egypt, beer was almost entirely made and consumed by women! And, throughout the 18th century, women all around the world were at the forefront of the brewing craft. So this International Women’s Day, show the world that brewing beer is not just a bearded boys club and get yourself well and truly stuck in. More info.

2. March4Women

Whack your boots on ladies because it’s time for a good old stomp, IWD-style! This year #March4Women will be celebrating the power and passion of women and girls, who are on the frontline of responding to climate change. With an indoor rally happening at the Southbank Centre, a massive march taking place throughout the streets of London and speeches by special guests such as Emeli Sandé, Lapsley, and Helen Pankhurst on the day, we can guarantee it’s going to make you giddy with girl power.  More info.

3. Make it #Ginternational

In the words of Lily Allen, ‘it’s hard out here for a bitch’ and sometimes, you deserve a little something just to take the edge off. In honour of International Women’s Day, the wonderful Duck and Dry in Chelsea are giving every gal a complimentary rose garden cocktail when they book in for a blow dry. Fabulous hair and a fruity Martin Miller’s Gin cocktails, um, yes please! More info.

4. Find a freebie

The lovely Regent’s Place is hosting a unique series of free events, open to everyone, to celebrate International Women’s Day. From classes on the art of self-care with Suzy Reading, to fascinating workshops on female nutrition, you’re sure to find something here to interest and inspire you! More info.

5. Grab a drink with the gals

This Friday, Liquorette is launching a limited-edition menu featuring a selection of sumptuous spirits; all crafted by women. With some historic and iconic names, alongside some great new players, this bars menu brings together the tastiest tipples from the gal’s team. With £1 of every cocktail sold going to a charity that supports gender equality, you’ll be doing the world a favour when you grab a drink, or three! More info.

6. Explore this incredible exhibition

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, an exhibition of Samantha Louise Emery’s ten contemporary muses will be displayed at Carousel in Seven Dials until March 19th. Bold, beautiful and bloody empowering, Emery’s dreamlike and sometimes abstracted figures are sure to ignite your female fire! More info.

7. Get a much deserved discount

Photo: @clairemenary

Currently sitting at roughly 17.3%, the gender pay gap in the UK is a big-old blockade on the road to real equality existing between the sexes. To draw attention to this massive issue and to try and level the playing field a little, this International Women’s Day, each female diner at Berners Tavern will receive a discount of 17.3% off their meal. Justice never tasted so good people! More info.

8. Give your day the WOW-factor

The 10th Women of the World festival will be taking over the Southbank Centre from the 6th-8th of March and adding the WOW factor to your International Women’s Day! Packed full of unforgettable events, performances and debates from the world’s leading speakers and activists, it’s the perfect place to go to get a dose of female solidarity. More info.

9. Paint the town red – or whatever colour you fancy

For International Women’s Day, Leake Street Arches will be celebrating the ongoing breakdown of gender stereotypes by getting all you gals to grab a can! Led by the incredible street artist SoFLY, this free event will provide you with the opportunity to make your mark on the streets of London. Contribute to the massive public mural by adding words and symbols that represent skills and talents stereotypically considered male, and define ‘female’ for yourself. More info.

10. Prove ‘this girl can’ at a Parkrun

On the 7th of March, just before International Women’s Day, hundreds of ‘This Girl Can’ Parkrun events will be taking place across the UK; with plenty going on the capital. As a response to research that shows women are less likely than men to take park it physical activity – because of barriers like fear of judgement, or childcare obligations – Parkrun are encouraging you to get your trainers on and truly get out there! More info.