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A feminist city guide to London

23rd August 2019

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With over 4 million women living in London, it is only fair to line up the best activities to celebrate, well, us.

We’ve curated for you a list of some of the best women-focused places, whether you want to go for a drink, go for a walk or skate.

House of Girls

You don’t want to miss out on the Girls Skate night at House of Vans. Their regular events give women the chance to skate with their girlfriends and enjoy a DJ session by la creme de la creme - their Girl Power gang GLR TLK DJs. They’ve run regularly all throughout 2018, and 2019 should be even more exciting.

Share the square

Earlier this year, the Millicent Fawcett Statue was unveiled in Parliament Square. It's worth a visit to pay respect to one of the women who fought for women’s right to vote. Hundred years after the first women got the right to vote, this statue is the first step in balancing the ‘statue’ gap - of 828 statues the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA) recorded, 174 of them were female.

Lady with the Lamp

Florence Nightingale // Tony Baggett

The women who invented modern nursing has her own museum inside St Thomas' Hospital, which faces the Palace of Westminster across the River Thames. The Florence Nightingale Museum host regular exhibitions, such as the current one on Spanish Flu, to discover how tirelessly the nurses fought against this deadly influenza pandemic.

You’ll also get the chance to walk in the footsteps of the 'mother of nursing' in a guided tour of London and see where she lived, worked and founded her nursing school.

The library of all women

The Feminist Library was set up in 1975 at a time of intense political campaigning. Situated near the London South Bank University, it provides a safe space for women to learn about herstory and enable collaboration, discussions and research.

The library recently raised over £49,000, giving them enough funds to move to Sojourner Truth Community Centre in Peckham.

Women of the World

The Southbank Centre is one of the go-to places in London, and the now-famous WOW Festival makes it even more exciting. There you'll meet women and girls who are working on making the world a better place for all. The 2019 edition gave the centre stage to the likes of Catherine Mayer, Naomi Klein, Margaret Busby, Angela Davis and Jo Brand. If only we could be next year already...

‘C’est la fucking vie’

Tonight Josephine is based on the life of Josephine de Beauharnais, First Empress of the French, who spotted Napoleon and helped him become France’s first Emperor. The rest is history.

This extremely Instagramable bar is also conveniently close to Waterloo, and offers happy hours every day between 5-7pm during the week.

And as the sign on their wall say, well-behaved women don’t make history.

Be tattooed by badass women

Another way women made history is by opening London’s first female-only staffed studio: Velvet Underground Tattoo. Based in East London, this is the best place for women who both want a tattoo and want to support a women-owned and women-run business. Their work is not too shabby either. Look below:

Lead image: Tony Baggett

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