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International Women’s Day takes place this Sunday 8th March and despite not needing a specific day to celebrate all the brilliant stuff women do and achieve, there are plenty of events taking places this weekend that we’re keen to get involved in.

From all-female jazz nights to supper clubs hosted by talented female chefs and inspiring art exhibitions, here are nine events celebrating International Women’s Day…

Q Live presents ‘Divas’ at Quaglino’s

Mayfair restaurant, bar and renowned live music venue, Quaglino’s are celebrating the day with Q Live presents ‘Divas,’ a host of music performances from outrageously talented female musicians and DJs, as well as a special IWD Soul Sunday on 8th March featuring an exclusive live performance from Natalie Williams.

If you’ve not experienced Quaglino’s live nights, this is your perfect excuse.

Quaglino’s, 16 Bury St, St. James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ

Stoney Street International Women’s Day Lunch 

Chef, restaurateur and founder of 26 Grains and Stoney Street, Alex Hely-Hutchinson will be bringing together a group of inspiring female chefs this IWD for a one-off launch celebrating girl power in the kitchen.

Lining up at the stoves will be Anna Jones, Shuko Oda, Sarit Packer, Freddie Janssen and Francesca Diliberto plus Alex herself, and each will be creating a dish inspired by the women who have shaped their lives.

Expect lemon sole and white asparagus with miso butter from co-founder and head chef of Koya, Shuko Oda and a scallop & blood orange tostada from founder of Snackbar, Dalston Junction’s neighbourhood café, Freddie Janssen.

Alex herself is a huge inspiration, building two successful restaurants (there’s always a queue snaking round the corner at 26 Grains) launching a cookbook and becoming one of London’s most exciting young, female chefs. This is sure to be a lunch with chat as inspiring as the food is delicious.

The lunch will take place on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March 2020 at 1pm.

Stoney Street, 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA

Martin Miller’s Gin and Duck & Dry

For the whole of March, Martin Miller’s Gin and Fentiman’s botanical drinks will be teaming up with some of the best coiffeurs in the city, Duck & Dry, to offer a #GINternationalWomensDay treat when they book in for a blow-dry.

Anyone visiting any of the Duck & Dry salons during the month will receive a free cocktail – because celebrating International Women’s Day and having good hair aren’t mutually exclusive.

Taking place throughout March at the Chelsea, Oxford Circus, Soho, Spitalfields and Mayfair locations.

Samantha Louise Emery’s 10 Contemporary Muses

Artist Samantha Louise Emery redefines what we think of as a muse with her exhibition at Carousel, Seven Dials.

Emery’s dreamlike, thought-provoking style will showcase 10 portraits of women who she deems inspiring, from activist and singer Angelique Kidjo to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai and writer and comedian, Caitlin Moran.

The exhibition will be displayed from Monday 2nd March to Thursday 19th March

Carousel, Seven Dials, 9-11 Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AT

Stand Up at the V&A for International Women’s Day 

Notoriously a tough gig for females, the world of stand up comes to the V&A for International Women’s Day, proving that yes, women really are as funny as men. Although male comedians are usually front and centre of this world, on Friday 6th March, Naomi Paxton, Harriet Braine, Sooz Kempner and Laura Smyth, the newly crowned Stage Award Winner – 2020 Funny Women Awards, will be standing in the spotlight. 

Friday 6th March, 19.00 – 20.45. Tickets priced at £18 or £15 for under-26 and includes a wine reception.

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, The V&A, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

Fashion & Fiction: Bernardine Evaristo

Also taking place at the V&A, author of Booker Prize-winning Girl, Woman, Other – a novel depicting the lives of black women and families across Britain – Bernardine Evaristo will be joining host Rosie Goldsmith for a special Fashion & Fiction event.

Topics up for discussion will be how entity, appearance and reality have changed in Evaristo’s life, her work, and in the lives of the African diaspora in Britain.

Visitors will also get to meet Bernadine for a special book signing afterwards.

Monday 9th March, 19.00 – 20.45. Tickets are priced at £18  or £15 for under-26s (includes wine reception and book signing)

Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, The V&A, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

Rise Together Empowerment Walk

Join Rising Girl to help raise funds on the Rise Together Fundraising Walk 2020 around central London celebrating empowered women who made history.

Rising Girl was founded in 2017 to educate, inspire and help girls to rise above adversity. Their pioneering program Rise Together was launched in 2019 in partnership with Barnados, helping school age girls overcome barriers.

Now they are fundraising to help expand their reach and delivery, and to create a community of Raising Girl advocates. Don’t worry if you’re not au fait with charity walks – this one will only take 90 minutes max and cover an area of around 5K.

Get involved for £15 per person.

Hearthside Chats – Eleanor O’Keeffe & Thomasina Miers

Head to the only female-only women’s members’ clubs outside Central London, The Hearth, where you’ll find an inspiring talk from one of the country’s top female restaurateurs, Thomasina Miers.

The ex-MasterChef winner and founder of Wahaca will be talking to Eleanor O’Keeffe who is currently Editorial Director of CogX, Europe’s leading festival of AI, blockchain and breakthrough technology. She co-founded 5×15 stories and has run events for some of the most successful well-known global brands including: Google, Selfridges and World Bank.

Two seriously empowering women, fascinating stories and the chance to meet some like minded people.

Tuesday, 17th March at 7:00pm to 8:30pm, bar opens 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are free for members and priced at £20 for non-members

The Hearth, Lonsdale Road, Queens Park, NW6

IWD Screening and Q&A of The Perfect Candidate

Head to the Southbank Centre this weekend to watch a preview screening of the inspiring The Perfect Candidate. The film follows female doctor Maryam, as she runs in the municipal council elections, challenging the traditional patriarchal system that’s been in place since the birth of democracy in the region.

Politically charged and unashadely bold, the film asks questions about what it means to be a woman in the Middle East today.

Post-screening, there will be a chance to delve deeper into the films backstory with a Q&A with the film’s director, Haifaa Al Mansour.

Tickets are priced at £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less). Screening and Q&A will take places on Sunday 8th March and general release of the film will take place on Friday 27th March.

Watch the trailer here…

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