March marks Women’s History Month. And on the 8th of March, women and feminism get ready to take centre stage as we celebrate International Women’s Day. We’re looking at some of the events that celebrate womanhood, where you can meet like-minded women at meetups and listen to inspiring stories of success, heroism and femininity at open mic events. Let’s celebrate femininity and equality this March in London. 


New Zealand Business Women’s Network

Mon 7 March – Penthouse @  New Zealand House, Haymarket

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New Zealand celebrates women’s day in London this March by celebrating some of the country’s outstanding Kiwi warrior women who have broken barriers in the world of sport. 

The panel consists of some of the greatest wāhine toa (warrior women) who have brought pride to New Zealand and the Polynesian islands and paved the way for future generations of female athletes. They’ll discuss how, in the pursuit of sporting history, they faced and overcame every obstacle in their way, including gender stereotypes. The three hours of the panel discussion are interspersed with special kiwi drinks and snacks and promises to be an enthralling and inspiring evening. 

ICC Women’s Day Poetry & Music

Tuesday 8 March – Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith

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The Irish Cultural Centre celebrates Women’s Day this year in the most Irish way possible – with poetry and music. Two of Ireland’s greatest young poets, Sasha Terfous (Poet Laureate for Wexford) and Natalya O’Flaherty will join musicians Ruby Kearney and Jeanette Murphy to share the power of the spoken word, accompanied by music.

The all-female Irish supergroup is assembling for a special one-off celebration of eloquent poetry, jazz and traditional Irish music. And don’t be surprised if the artists throw in some theatre for good measure.

The Doyle Collection’s Headshot Initiative

The Marylebone Hotel

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Does your LinkedIn photo look like a mugshot taken on an iPhone 4? Fret no longer, because award-winning photographer Lisa Tse is at The Marylebone hotel to offer complimentary headshots to women to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

She’ll be shooting portraits of guests, and you’ll leave with a digital headshot that’s perfectly suited to growing your network, building a business or applying for a new job. 

You can take advantage of this sweet deal, where you can also enjoy refreshments being served throughout the day. Tickets are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis, so best get there a little early if you want to secure a new face for your social media, website or press photo. 

Cocktails & Zine Making

Tuesday 8th March – Hammersmith

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The Kindred community of West London is celebrating women by paying homage to an old-school form of protest: zines.

This fun and uplifting evening promises cocktails, connection and zine-making, and will be based on this year’s IWD theme, #BreakTheBias. Zines are mini magazines that are works of passion, created out of a rebellious spirit rather than profit. 

Historically, they’ve played a vital role for generations of feminists and marginalised communities, helping to give voice, offer stories and connect communities.

Your ticket includes the cost of materials for making your zine, and the event takes place during Happy Hour, where a two for £12 cocktail offer is expected to sell very well indeed.

Who Owns The City?

Tuesday 8 March – Design Museum, Kensington

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The IWD Panel of artists, architects and activists at the Design Museum will explore how major cities such as London can experience problems borne of unmindful urban design. 

Public spaces that fail to consider mothers, restrooms that don’t account for different body types, and city centres that prioritise cars over people. Esteemed architects Elsie Owusu, Verity Jane Keefe and Manijeh Verghese get stuck into the issues while exploring how urban design can be instrumental in creating an inclusive environment for women in cities. 

Nest in One of Our Charming Nestor Properties

Looking to make a weekend out of it?

Nestor handpicks London rentals in the most sought-after neighbourhoods. So if you’re thinking of turning this occasion into a celebratory weekend for either yourself or the whole group, our properties can be found in prime, central, urban locations across London, each echoing the liveliness and soul of their neighbourhoods

Located in the heart of London, we have a collection of properties ready to welcome you. From stylish stays in Kensington at The Carlyle to our warm and inviting Kensington studios at The Knaresborough, to unique hotels rooms in the boutique Warwick Hotel in Victoria.

The perfect stay for celebrating International Women’s Day!

Arab Women Artists Now Festival

Wed 2 – Sat 12 March – Bethnal Green

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AWAN aims to share the extraordinary art of inspiring Arabic women with the wider public. The festival brings together an exciting and eclectic mix of collaborations and creative projects and is an important opportunity for conversation and cultural and artistic exchange. 

The programme features film, literature, music, talks and debate, and celebrates contemporary creativity, challenging stereotypes, and bringing different communities together.

Dear Black Women

Saturday 5 March – NOVOTEL, Hammersmith

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This one-day festival hosted by CURLYTREATS is now in its ninth year and features a mix of panel discussions, interactive workshops and seminars dedicated to celebrating and examining the lives of black women. 

You’ll find programmes such as interactive arts and culture, wellness, literature, beauty, and social solutions. 

Here at Nestor, we celebrate gender diversity and equality – we’re wishing all the ladies out there a very happy International Women’s Day!