International Women's Day London: The best meals, events and celebrations at top restaurants

Raise a glass to females in food at one of these special food and drink events

Updated on • Written By Ellie Donnell

International Women's Day London: The best meals, events and celebrations at top restaurants

There are a ton of fantastic events taking place all over London to celebrate International Women’s Day, which in 2022 falls on Tuesday 8 March. Some are planned specifically for the day itself while others are running for the week or even the entire month. Not that we’re biased or anything, but we consider the once-a-year event an excellent opportunity to recognise women who are doing truly great things in the restaurant industry. We’re talking about the chefs, sommeliers, bakers, producers and front of house staff who are making some serious waves in their field.  

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Rather than talking about the fact that most chef job roles are still held by men (sigh), we’re here to focus on the positives. According to the National Office of Statistics, the number of female chefs in the UK has risen by a third since 2016 which is the biggest increase in the last five years. That’s awesome. But the restaurant industry is comprised of a whole catalogue of highly-skilled roles: the wine-makers and food producers, café-owners and restaurant managers of the world.  

While we think such pioneering women should be talked about all year round, International Women’s Day feels like as good excuse as any to hero females in food. To that point, we’ve rounded up the restaurants in London who are doing just that via special events, one-off menus, exclusive dishes and female-forward wine tastings. Each event has been formulated to celebrate leading women in the restaurant industry and the good news is that you can get involved with them all. There’s still plenty to be done on the road to gender equality, but there’s plenty to celebrate, too. 

This year’s official International Women's Day theme is #BreakTheBias and you can find out more about how to get involved with the campaign here.  

St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys, King’s Cross

What: The home of Europe’s longest Champagne bar is hosting a Champagne masterclass this year for International Women’s Day. Inviting guests to raise a glass to leading women in the industry, the class will celebrate the ‘Female Founders of Champagne’ with a tasting class and three-course dinner. Learn about the female founders behind each bottle while you sip on some of the most famous Champagnes, from Bollinger to Pommery. 
When: 8 March, 6.30pm-8.30pm 
Where: St Pancras International, N1C 4QL 
Book now: St Pancras Brasserie & Champagne Bar by Searcys 

Peckham Cellars x Missy London, Peckham 

What: For one day and one day only, Peckham Cellars is hosting a ‘Women of Wine’ guest chef dinner collaboration with London chef duo Missy London. The evening will include a four-course dinner cooked by the duo – Clare Geraghty and Rona Jones – who are known for their chef residencies and love of fermentation. Dishes include the likes of salt code brandade crostini with pickled rhubarb, fried calcots with harissa mayo; braised chicken coq au vin with pickled raisins; and citrus tart with crème fraiche. Delish. Guests will also be able to opt-in to receive an expert wine pairing chosen by Peckham Cellars founder and sommelier Helen Hall, with all bottles made by female winemakers.  
When: 8 March, 7pm 
Where: 125 Queen's Road, SE15 2ND 
Book now: Peckham Cellars 

Nopi, Soho 

What: This year, the team at Ottolenghi’s Nopi have put together a special one-off menu for 8 March that brings together some of the group’s leading female chefs and recipe developers. The seven-course menu has been designed by the talented female chef team at the Ottolenghi restaurant group who together have curated separate elements, from savoury sharing plates to inventive desserts, through to an expertly-chosen wine list and signature cocktails. Look out for black lime tofu with spinach and pickled onions; blackened chicken thighs with caramel tangerine dressing; and labneh lemon posset with meringue and burnt lemon crispies.  
When: 8 March, 7pm 
Where: 21-22 Warwick Street, W1B 5NE 
Book now: Nopi 

Bad Boy Pizza Society, London Bridge 

What: Mob Kitchen fans – rejoice! If you follow the team on Instagram you’re probably well aware of their charismatic food producer Seema Pankhania. Well, from 8 - 12 March Seema will be taking over the kitchen at Bad Boy Pizza Society at Vinegar Yard, transforming it into Bad Girl Pizza Society for the week and serving up her own special-edition pizzaInspired by the popular Mexican dish lamb birria, the pizza will be topped with a lime, coriander and tomato salsa, plus tender lamb and a pot of hot Birria sauce to drizzle over. Additionally, all profits from sales of the pizza will be donated to Refuge - a charity committed to ending domestic violence against women.  
When: 8 – 12 March 
Where: 72-82 St Thomas Street, SE1 3QX 

Coravin Wine Club, Mayfair 

What: Coravin Wine & Bubbles Bar in Mayfair is launching a special wine menu throughout March to showcase a selection of wines created by female winemakers. Guests can enjoy a variety of sparkling, white and red wines for a range of budgets, alongside sharing plates of anchovies, English-cured charcuterie and seasonal French and English cheeses.  
When: Available throughout March 
Where: 4 Lancashire Court, W1S 1EY 
Book now: Coravin wine bar 

Carousel, Fitzrovia 

What: Carousel’s entire concept is based around an ever-evolving chef line-up to celebrate some of the best in the business. It makes sense, then, that for International Women’s Day the Fitzrovia restaurant is hosting a five-night-long installment featuring five female chefs – one for every night. Organised in collaboration with Clare Finney, an award-winning food writer and author of ‘The Female Chef', Carousel is shining a light on top female chefs who are pioneering in their industry, including Angela Hartnett OBE (Michelin-starred Murano), Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn (Hangfire), Romy Gill, Sabrina Gidda and Julie Lin. Each chef will be offering a unique five-course menu for 46 guests at a time, and a portion of each ticket sold will be going to a women’s charity chosen by the chefs. 
When: 8-12 March 
Where: 19-23 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RL  
Book now: Carousel 

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