n March 8, the world will come together to celebrate International Women’s Day – and London is a hotbed of activity.
Led by pioneering figures from the worlds of art, food, comedy and beyond, here is our selection of events, taking place both on IWD itself and throughout March .
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Aimée Madill, founder of independent east London bookstore Phlox Books, will host the month-long pop-up. In residence on Connaught Street, just north of Hyde Park, a selection of women-focused books will be on sale, with a series of talks featuring female authors also planned. The first is Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice, who will be joined by poet Mona Arshi on March 8.
Throughout March, free, 12 Connaught Street, W2 2AF, connaught-village.co.uk
Figures of Change at Wembley Park
Eight new public works of art – created by female artists from around the world and assembled by an all-female team – will appear at Wembley Park on March 8. Installations on the free art trail will range from digital works to photography and graphic design, with Sofia Cianciulli, Laxmi Hussein and Lois O’Hara among those featured.
8 March-26 June, free, Wembley Park, HA9, wembleypark.com
Women in Beer Guided Tasting at Real Drinks
If the world of beer can sometimes seem like a blocky realm, then this event will prove otherwise. Hosted by master brewer Jenna Dunseath and taking place at Real Drinks in Maida Vale – a craft beer and wine shop with an all-female management team – attendees will be enlightened about the history of women in beer, while drinking the creations of the best female brewers. Tickets include a free welcome drink, five tastings of different styles of beer, and 10% off the IWD range in the shop.
March 8, £20, 4 Formosa Street, W9 1EE, realdrinks.co.uk
Bad Girl Pizza Society at Vinegar Yard
TikTok foodie and podcaster Seema Pankhania has teamed up with Vinegar Yard resident Bad Boy Pizza Society to launch an IWD spin-off: Bad Girl Pizza Society. From March 8-12, the ‘za to go for will be the creation of Mexican-inspired lamb birria (or the jackfruit version for vegetables), with proceeds going to the women’s charity Refuge.
March 8-12, 72-82 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QX, vinegaryard.london
The Curl Talk project in Granary Square
The lives of women with curly hair – and the ways society at large tries to straighten those curls – will be the focus of this photography exhibition at King’s Cross. Featuring more than 30 women from around the world, it is, according to founder Johanna Yaovi, “a great way to show that no matter what your situation, you deserve to be seen, heard and have a place. at table”.
March 8-April 10, N1C 4AA, kingscross.com
The gender pay gap in the UK last year was just under 8% – and Ballie Ballerson is doing her part to redress the balance. Shoreditch’s watery ball pool will be offering an 8% discount on its tickets, cocktails, cloakroom and photo booth on International Women’s Day, and offering a free glass of prosecco to sweeten the deal. Female DJs will handle the starting tunes for the evening.
March 8, £4.56, 97-113, Curtain Road, EC2A 3BS, shoreditch.ballieballerson.com
The Black He (art) at Peckham Levels
Black femininity is in the spotlight at this month-long exhibition at Peckham Levels. Bringing together photography, textile art, animation and more, the showcase will also seek to “create a network for black female artists who, in our experience, have struggled to break into the industry,” says curator Anisa Morgan.
March 8-April 9, free, 95a Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, peckhamlevels.org
London WOW Festival
The festival celebrating women, girls and non-binary people returns to the Southbank Center this weekend for a three-day stay. Packing lectures, performances, talks, debates and more, its members include Booker Prize-winning writer Bernadine Evaristo, Three Women author Lisa Taddeo and comedian Bridget Christie.
Miscellaneous Awards, March 11-13, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX, thewowfoundation.com
Nopi’s IWD menu
Ottolenghi Nopi Restaurant will combine the powers of some of the group’s leading female chefs – Noor Murad, Elaine Goad, Saori Takomoton and Verena Lochmuller – to serve a special seven-course menu celebrating IWD. Dishes range from blackened chicken thighs with caramel-tangerine vinaigrette to labneh lemon posset with meringue and burnt lemon, with a female-led wine list and signature cocktails also on offer. Can’t come at night? Three chef specialties will feature on the Nopi menu throughout the month.
March 8, 21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE, ottolenghi.fr