International Women’s Day Walks

Look Up London is marking International Women’s Day 2020 with a range of walking tours celebrating the eclectic history of London’s women. From Hampstead to Whitechapel, the British Museum to the National Gallery, from 3 – 8 March 2020 join an International Women’s Day Walk to learn more about the city’s unsung heroines, saints and rebels.

International Women's Day Walks

Following from the success of Look Up London’s Feminist Jack the Ripper Tour, this International Women’s Day we are presenting a range of walks across London with handpicked professional guides telling the most entertaining and inspiring history of London’s women.

Tour Timetable

Tuesday 3 March, 11am – Mistresses, Saints & Sinners of St James’s
Tuesday 3 March, 11am – Female Rebels at the Tate Modern
Tuesday 3 March, 2pm – Ladies of Marylebone
Wednesday 4 March, 11am – Women, Queens and Goddesses at the British Museum
Wednesday 4 March, 11am – Wonder Women of Hampstead
Thursday 5 March, 11am – Legal Ladies
Thursday 5 March, 11am – Female Rebels at the Tate Modern
Thursday 5 March, 2pm –Women of the National Portrait Gallery
Thursday 5 March, 2pm – Women of Whitechapel
Thursday 5 March, 2pm – Women at the National Gallery
Friday 6 March, 11am – Ladies of Marylebone
Friday 6 March, 11am – Mistresses, Saints & Sinners of St James’s
Friday 6 March, 2pm – Women, Queens and Goddesses at the British Museum
Friday 6 March, 2pm – Kickass Chelsea Women
Saturday 7 March, 11am – Legal Ladies
Saturday 7 March, 2pm – Women at the National Portrait Gallery
Saturday 7 March, 2pm – Women at the National Gallery
Sunday 8 March, 11am – Women of Whitechapel
Sunday 8 March, 2pm – Wonder Women of Hampstead
Sunday 8 March, 2pm – Kickass Chelsea Women

Everyone is welcome (- not just women!) All walks are £15 with a max group size of 20 people. You can read about each tour and the guide delivering the walk below. International Women’s Day Walks tickets are sold through Eventbrite and the exact locations and meeting points are listed on the individual events.

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International Women's Day Walks

From Princesses to Philanthropists, Whitechapel is a bursting with stories of inspiring women. Trace their footsteps in the shadow of the City of London and hear their history.

Dismissed in the 19th century as a hotbed of vice and sin, Whitechapel’s locals and visitors were forces to be reckoned with and we’ll be uncovering the thought-provoking history both past and present.

Starting Point: Outside Whitechapel Station
Dates: Thursday 5 March, 2pm & Sunday 8 March, 11am

Duration: 90 mins
Guide: Katie Wignall, Founder of Look Up London

International Women's Day Walks

More than a century ago Bertha Cave was “awfully sad” she wasn’t allowed to be a law student. Others were barred from practising law even though they had legal qualifications and Gwyneth Bebb was told, in no mean terms, that a woman wasn’t even ‘a person’ in a solicitor’s world.

Yet Bertha, Gwyneth, Maud, Rose, Elizabeth and many more women in law were blazing a trail. We’ll explore the legal enclaves of London to see how they together contributed to turning the page from Bertha to Brenda, Lady Hale recent president of the highest court of the land.

Starting Point: Temple Station
Dates: Thursday 5 March, 11am &  Saturday 7 March, 2pm
Duration: 90mins

Guide: Jackie Clare, Blue Badge Guide

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The St. James’s area has historically been the epicentre of the British establishment – ground zero for royalty, aristocracy and political bigwigs. And for centuries, the neighbourhood was quite masculine, full of shops, restaurants and exclusive members clubs all catering to the English gentleman.

But many inspiring and influential women also lived and worked here. On this walk, we’ll learn about some of these fascinating women – people as diverse as actress and royal mistress Nell Gwynn, mathematician Ada Lovelace and politicians Margaret Thatcher and Nancy Astor – not to mention our most famous queens.

Starting Point: Green Park tube station, park side exit (turn left as you exit the ticket barriers, staying on the lower ground level: the guide will be waiting inside).
Dates: Tuesday 3 March, 11am & Friday 6 March, 11am
Duration: 90 mins

Guide: Anne Pollak, Blue Badge Guide

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Join Cemetery Club’s Sheldon for a guided tour through the gravestones of one of the most beautiful open spaces in London and meet the likes of legendary actresses, illustrators, ballet dancers and artists whose stories shouldn’t be forgotten! Rub shoulders with legendary stage actresses, listen to some evocative poetry and marvel at the sauciest performer to tread the boards of any stage.

Starting Point: Entrance Lodge of Hampstead Cemetery
Dates: Wednesday 4 March, 11am & Sunday 8 March, 2pm
Duration: 90 mins

Guide: Sheldon, Westminster Guide and Founder of Cemetery Club

International Women's Day Walking Tours

Who are you calling pretty as a picture?

This tour starts with a half-hour walk across Covent Garden en route to the National Portrait Gallery, taking in places known to some of the women represented in the paintings we will see. The gallery is an incredible resource for anyone who loves looking at people and this is your chance to explore a whole range of women, from painters, writers and fighters to mistresses and mischief-makers, princesses and divas. 

Starting Point: Covent Garden Station, James Street Exit leading to the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, by the wall opposite the cloakroom
Dates: Thursday 5 March, 2pm & Saturday 7 March, 2pm
Duration: 90 mins

Guide: Sophie, London Blue Badge Guide and travel journalist

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It is well-known that women are under-represented in museums, except as beautiful objects  to look at. So, let’s done our anthropologist-cum-detective garbs and roam the British Museum in feminist mode.

Muriel will tell us the stories of some of the women who came to read under the dome of the celebrated Reading-Room. We will then discover some fascinating artists, discoverers and activists, and yes, there will be some beautiful marbles, and some fierce queens and awe-inspiring goddesses!

Starting Point: Inside the Museum, under the dome of Great Court, at the foot of the colossal statue of the lion of Knidos.
Dates: Wednesday 4 March, 11am & Friday 6 March, 2pm

Duration: 90 mins
Guide: Muriel Carré, Blue Badge Guide of the Year 2018 and Art Historian

Who would guess that just north of Oxford Street, lies a wealth of fascinating stories about some extraordinary female characters?

There’s hardly a blue plaque to give you a hint, so follow Muriel to walk in the footsteps of The Ladies of Marylebone : heiresses, countesses and duchesses galore, a well-loved poet, a mathematical genius, a ground-breaking social reformer, some heroic spies, a daring bunch of Suffragettes … and a few less reputable but unforgettable characters. Female London history in a nutshell in trendy Marylebone!

Starting Point: Bond Street tube station, Oxford Street exit. Inside West One shopping centre between the JD Sports Shop and Prêt a Manger
Dates: Tuesday 3 March, 2pm & Friday 6 March, 11am
Duration: 120mins
Guide: Muriel Carré, Blue Badge Guide of the Year 2018 and Marylebone local

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This tour will explore the daring and bold work by female artists from across the world, artists who’ve had to fight in order for their creativity to be seen. Discover beautiful, exciting and peculiar artworks, deep-diving into the stories beneath the surface.

In 2019 The former power station celebrated its female artists a bold new rehang. Come and discover the creative expression of these under-represented artists.

Starting Point: River Entrance, Tate Modern
Dates: Tuesday 3 March, 11am & Thursday 5 March, 11am

Duration: 90 mins
Guide: Emily Dell, prize-winning Blue Badge guide and artist

International Women's Day Tour

There are women everywhere at the National Gallery. And yet, out of a collection of over 2,300 paintings which spans nearly 700 years, only 21 are by women.

On this tour we’ll take a closer look how women have been represented in art across the centuries, meeting virginal mothers, gorgeous goddesses, powerful politicians and radical rule breakers.

We’ll also explore the stories of the women who created, commissioned, collected and inspired some of the National Gallery’s great masterpieces. Though they may be rare, they too have an important part they have to play in the history of art.

Starting Point: Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, by the wall opposite the cloakroom
Dates: Thursday 5 March, 2pm & Saturday 7 March, 2pm
Duration: 90 mins

Guide: Alice, award-winning London Blue Badge Guide

International Women's Day London Tour

Chelsea has a long association with the wealthy and famous. But beneath the glamour are some feisty females who at first glance might not seem to have anything in common.

But we’ll follow a trail of bold women in Chelsea who, despite different backgrounds and interests, made their voices heard in a male world. A soldier, singer, royal queen and 1960s fashion queen are among the inspiring characters we’ll encounter on this three-mile walk.

Starting Point: Knightsbridge Tube Station, exit 2 near Harvey Nichols
Dates: Friday 6 March, 2pm & Sunday 8 March, 2pm
Duration: 2 hours

Guide: Emily Laurence Baker, London Blue Badge Guide and Chelsea local