What’s On: International Women’s Day

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Celebrate the power of all things femme for International Women’s Day (8th March) with The Wordrobe’s pick of the best talks, tipples and treats


1 Seven Dials’ week-long celebrations


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Seven Dials will be hosting with a week-long celebration throughout the area. The events will celebrate the brilliant women behind the businesses of Seven Dials, as well as a host of exclusive activities and special events including a free, in conversation live panel discussion on 8 March.

1 In Conversation Panel Event:
The official theme of IWD in 2018 is Press for Progress’ and the panel will be reflective of this, hosted by award-winning broadcaster Gemma Cairney, also a youth rights activist and author who is passionate about empowering young women.

Joining the panel is…
• Charlie Craggs: Trans activist, author and the founder of award winning campaign Nail Transphobia.
• Author Jenny Scott: Founder, Leader, Facilitator and the Captain of the mothership that is Mothers Meeting. She is an all-round inspiring down to earth influencer with the aim of rallying mothers from all over the globe to never quit on themselves.
• Dinny Hall: The creative force behind the British jewellery brand with 30 year’s heritage. From sketch to store, Dinny is personally involved in every one of her pieces.
• Olivia Wollenberg: Former neuroscience student turned businesswoman, in 2014 Olivia was diagnosed with severe food intolerances which led her to create her successful range of sweet treats with nutritional twists.

Special in-store events and activities include:
• Visit Duke and Dexter to hear from their in-house illustrator Morgan Seaford about how she hand-paints her unique designs directly onto Duke and Dexter shoes.
• Italian restaurant Rossopomodoro will produce a special chocolate pannacotta served with marmalade from CasaLorena, a women’s organisation based in Naples who support women effected by domestic violence or sexual harassment.
• Neals Yard Remedies will host a super food tasting as well as in store discounts, workshops to create your own hand massage oil, as well as offering a free hand and arm massage in-store across the week with oils from their female suppliers.
• Tatty Devine, the independent British company designing and micro-manufacturing original jewellery in Britain will launch a special collection with British paper artist Poppy Papercuts in their Seven Dials store.
• Monmouth Kitchen will be offering a complimentary Mimosa cocktail to all women diners on International Women’s Day.

Visit SevenDials.co.uk for full information, dates and to register to win a free pair of tickets from the online ballot.


2 Sip tipples at Threadneedle Bar 


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Threadneedle Bar at The Royal Exchange is dedicating a selection of glamorous cocktails to five famous female figures.

•  COCO ROUGE
Fashion designer Coco Chanel was known for her love of champagne, and proclaimed that red wine kept her young. She believed that women should be two things, classy and fabulous; just like this cocktail.

•  SOME LIKE IT HOT!
In homage to one of Marilyn Monroe’s most famous films, the cinnamon notes of this cocktail will warm the palate. Cutting through the sweetness of the strawberries and blueberries is a double measure of vodka and a shot of lime juice.

• THE PEARL OF CLEOPATRA
Legend has it that Marc Antony once bet Queen of the Nile Cleopatra that she couldn’t spend a small fortune on one meal. In a show of wealth and power, she proceeded to take out her pearl earring, dissolve it in a glass of vinegar, and drink it. Replacing the vinegar with gin and lemon with notes of rhubarb and lavender, this pearlescent drink is fit for a queen.

•  TIME’S UP
It’s 100 years since women gained the right to vote, which is largely thanks to legendary suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst. To mark this momentous point in history, we raise a toast to this incredible woman with a cocktail dedicated to her. Strong and sharp – this cocktail packs a punch, much like the woman who inspired it. Think Silent Pool gin, grapefruit juice, lychee puree, lemon juice, sugar syrup, pinch of lavender and violet liqueur.

•  LET THEM EAT CAKE
It’s no secret that the last Queen of France Marie Antoinette was a lover of sweet things, and this indulgent cocktail would certainly have satisfied her sweet tooth. Sip Ketel One vodka, Mozart Dark chocolate liqueur, sugar syrup and Baileys foam top.

Wallet: £6 per cocktail
When: Between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, Monday to Wednesday throughout March.
Website: Visit www.royalexchange-grandcafe.co.uk for more


3 Join Devonshire Club’s Wonder Women Brunch


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On Thursday 8th March, from 11am-1pm, Devonshire Club will host a Wonder Women Brunch to mark International Women’s Day. Lead by panel of impressive women, all experts in their respective fields, this inspiring event will seek to demonstrate how conversation can be transformed to purposeful action and is in support of the charity mothers2mothers.

The event will be hosted by Tamara Gillan, CEO of Cherry London, and Lisa Smosarski, Editor-in-Chief of Stylist Magazine. Their guests will include Emma France, the Global Development & Strategic Engagement Director of the charity mothers2mothers, as well as patrons of the charity, renowned actress Samantha Bond, and popstar and TV presenter Rochelle Humes.

Other attendees include the women behind the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign: associate Editor of The Drum, Sonoo Singh, and Tanya Joseph.

Where: Devonshire Club 4+ 5 Devonshire Square London EC2M 4YD
Reservations: 020 3750 4545 or email info@devonshireclub.com


4 Gaucho’s Girl power 


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Gaucho has a diverse line-up of ticketed March events with women of achievement, to celebrate International Women’s Day. They’ve invited expert speakers from their own team, or from outside organisations, for intimate lunches, dinners, tastings or networking events.

The events will be held at Gaucho restaurant locations in Central London including Broadgate, Piccadilly, Bell Inn Yard, Chancery Lane, and Smithfield. Read on for the full lineup.


Women in Hospitality
Tracey Matthews Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants and Shelley Sofier of Red Kite PR will host a Gaucho three-course lunch with paired wines to talk about how they made it to the top of the hospitality industry and what inspires and motivates them every day in running one of the most successful restaurant groups in the country and a top end Food & Drink PR Company.

When: Thursday 8th March, 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Wallet: Gaucho Piccadilly, £30.00 per person

The Evolving Role of the Executive Assistant
With Lucy Brazier (CEO & Founder of Executive Secretary Magazine) – a three-course Gaucho meal where she will share her experience on campaigning worldwide to change the perception of the Assistant role within companies, and to promote the career progression for Administrative Professionals that they deserve.

When: Monday 12th March, 7.00 – 10.00pm
Where: Gaucho Tower Bridge
Wallet: £50.00 per person

Women In Philanthropy: The Running Of A Global Charity Event
Join Nikki Studt, Global ICAP Charity Director, for an intimate three course meal with paired wines to hear more about her experience in combining the global scale and influence of ICAP with international charities. Nikki heads up ICAP’s charitable giving initiatives with the support of her small dedicated team. In 2017 ICAP Charity Day raised £4.7 million in just 24 hours.

When: Wednesday 14th March, 7.00 – 10.00pm
Where: Gaucho Broadgate
Cost: £45.00 per person

Whisky & Chocolate Masterclass
Alwynne Gwilt, The Balvenie UK Brand Ambassador has been named one of the Top 10 Women in Whisky. In her role with leading single malt brand The Balvenie, owned by William Grant & Sons – one of the last remaining family-owned whisky companies in Scotland – she runs events, tastings, trainings and talks on this beautifully hand-crafted whisky.

When: Tuesday 20th March, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: Gaucho Smithfield Market
Wallet: £15.00 per person

Women In Cognac
With Rebecca Asseline (Global Brand Ambassador – Courvoisier) discover a full sensory tasting experience, taking you on a journey through this historic range of cognacs, pairing each one with a sampling of some of the signature Gaucho dishes.

When: Wednesday 21st March, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Where: Gaucho Chancery Lane
Wallet: £10.00 per person

Rise with Anne-Marie: The Secrets of Thriving in the Corporate World
Anne-Marie is Leadership & Empowerment Coach, Speaker and Personal Development facilitator working with women to step into their fullest potential. During this networking evening she talks personal power, finding purpose, health, wealth and happiness, and shares first-hand mindset strategies, principles and practices on how to rise to the top of your game and stay there.

When: Monday 26th March, 6.30-8.00pm
Where: Gaucho Piccadilly
Wallet: £15 per person

Women In Finance: A Guide To Excel Shortcuts To Maximise Productivity
Paula Sandeman – Head Of Finance Gaucho & CAU will host an intimate three course dinner where you’ll learn the ins and outs of Excel Productivity. Paula will cover Excel Shortcuts, a range of formulas from ‘IF Statements’ to ‘PIVOT Tables’.

When: Wednesday 28th March, 7.00 – 10.00pm
Where: Gaucho City Bell Inn Yard
Wallet: £45.00 per person

Further details can be found here.


 5 Aster’s chef celebrations 


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Aster restaurant is welcoming Angela Hartnett and Sally Clarke for the third evening of the Aster Chefs series for the occasion.

The evening will be hosted by Richard Vines, Bloomberg’s chief critic. He’s also going  to host a panel discussion and Q&A with the 3 female chefs around their careers, women in the food industry, and much more.

Wallet: Tickets are £70 or with wine pairing £110 per person.
Reservations: To book, please email angelali@danddlondon.com or call 020 3875 5555 and ask to be put through to the events team.


7 Head to Bath for evening of fashion, feminine power and fizz 


parasol2Join Searcys and the Fashion Museum Bath for an evening of fizz, canapés and history at the stunning Georgian Assembly Rooms. As part of the evening you’ll get an exclusive viewing of the new Royal Women exhibition, exploring the fashions worn by successive generations of women in the Royal Family.

2018 marks 100 years since the first time some women in the UK had the right to vote. The evening will also feature a thought-provoking talk,  which will examine how life has changed for women in the last 100 years.

June Hannam will bring to life the fascinating story of Mary Blathwayt, a suffragette who lived in Batheaston in Bath. Mary’s parasol is proudly displayed in the Fashion Museum exhibition ‘A History of Fashion in 100 objects’ for you to see.

When: Thursday 8th March, 6-8pm
Wallet: £20 per person, phone 01225 444477 or email events.bath@searcys.co.uk to book
Where: Searcys at the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ


8 Indulge in Amsterdam with Pulitzer Amsterdam



What better way to toast the plethora of women’s success, than by raising a delicious purple cocktail? And even better, why not raise it in the opulent surroundings of
 Pulitzer’s Bar set within the iconic, Pulitzer Amsterdam?
All female guests will find a card and a sprig of fresh lavender waiting in their rooms that grants them a complimentary purple cocktail in Pulitzer’s Bar. Created by Head Bartender, Andrei Talapanescu, the cocktail is a representation of the long-standing association that the feminist movement has with the colour purple dating back to the 1900s and the start of the Suffragette movement.
The offer will also be available to all female guests dining in the hotel’s elegant restaurant, Jansz.
When: Thursday 8th March, 6-8pm
Where: Prinsengracht 323, 1016 GZ Amsterdam, Netherlands

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