International Women’s Day: free events in London

March 8 is the 103rd anniversary of the International Women’s Day. London is booming with free events to celebrate women, and here are the top 10.

1. The Royal Academy of Arts are organising an art workshop learning to create textile collages, badges and t-shirts.

Location: Fine Room, the Royal Academy of Arts. Burlington House, Piccadilly London, W1J 0BD. Nearest tube: Picadilly Circus

Date and time: March 8, 11-2pm

2. Visible Women are running a whole week of events starting next Monday, focussed on career development in young women. You can also volunteer at the events. If you are interested in developing a career, and need motivation and tips about networking and progressing in male dominated industries, get in touch with these awesome females!

March 2-6; location and time varies depending on the day, check out their website for more info.


3. UCL is organising a film screening of Honor Diaries and a panel debate, discussing issues of inequality and abuse that women face all over the world. Booking is essential, and can be done here.

Location: Kennedy Lecture Theatre, 30 Guildford St, London WC1N 1EH. Nearest tube: Russell Square

Date and time: March 3, 6:30-8:30pm

4. The Wiener Library is hosting a tour to explore their collection of literature about women during the Holocaust and Genocide. Booking is necessary due to limited spaces!

Location: 29 Russell Square, London, WC1 B5DP. Nearest tube: Russell Square

Date and time: March 5, 1-pm

5. The Women of the World (WOW) Market at the Southbank Centre is a great opportunity to learn, network with other progressive women, and get inspired. It is a part of a a 3-day festival (which is not free).

Location: level 2 foyer, the Royal Festival Hall; Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX

Date and time: 6-8 March, 10-6pm

6. Museum of London Docklands is hosting a celebration of women through storytelling and art. Great for a family celebration, and totally worth the trip to East London.

Location: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN. Nearest tubes: Barbican, St.Paul’s

Date and time: March 7, 1-4pm

7. You can join the Million Women Rise march to support women’s rights around the world and in the UK. Thousands of women will walk together to raise awareness about the issues and discrimination against women.

Location: Selfridges Food Hall in Orchard St to then proceed toward Trafalgar Square. Nearest tubes: Bond Street and Marble Arch.

Date and time: March 8, 12pm


8. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama are organising a whole range of events connected to the International Women’s Day. You can join workshops, theatre and music performances with a variety of British artists. Especially interesting seem The Trials, Tea Time Story and Madame Dollar. Book here, students go free.

Location: Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage NW3 3HY, London

Date and time: March 7, time varies.

9. The University of East London are setting up an evening for women entrepreneurs and in the field of technology. You can network, listen to talks and panel discussions.

Location: Knowledge Dock, University of East London. 4-6 university way, E16 2RD. DLR: Cyprus

Date and time: March 5, 6-8pm

10. Organise a day out with your favourite women. Go for a walk or your favourite pub, and bathe each other with compliments throughout the day. Alternatively, you can thank a woman you have never had a chance to before via Guardian Witness

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