The March Edit

We take a look at what’s coming up for the month ahead. From the latest cultural goings-on and launches to inspiring talks and networking opportunities not to be missed. Here is a mix of events we’ve discovered, some of Merit’s own events, and some hosted by friends of the club. With International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March, Mothers’ Day on Sunday 31st March, and the clocks going forward at the end of the month, March brings the promise of Spring and yes there’s lots to celebrate.


The Mindful Living Show

When: Friday 15th March, 10.00am – 5.30pm

Where: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

Investment: From £25.00

The Mindful Living Show is giving guests a unique opportunity to reflect, experience and learn more about mindfulness, meditation and sleep, with over 100 seminars and experiential sessions covering health and wellbeing subjects from mindful movement to creativity, from sleep issues to mental health, from empowerment to creativity, from spiritual insight to self-compassion, from relationships to parenting, from waking up well to mindful nutrition - from leaders in the world of health and wellbeing.

Hear from comedian and committed meditator Russell Brand, world-renowned teacher Sharon Salzberg, TV Personality, Author & Astrologer Russell Grant; Vidyamala Burch - Teacher, Author and Co-Founder of Breathworks, Head of Wellbeing and Sustainable Learning at Google Ruchika Sikri and renowned sleep experts Dr Nerina Ramlakhan and Dr Chris Idzikowski.

Experience their Creative Calm Space, Active Meditation Space, and Taster Zone, giving you the opportunity to enjoy group meditation and hands-on activities with their exhibitors; and explore an array of stands throughout the show in their Zen Market.

Self-Love Sunday

When: Sunday 24th March, 2.00pm - 5.00pm

Where: The Winchester Room @ The Turk's Head, 28 Winchester Road, Twickenham, TW1 1LF

Investment: £16.58

Self Love Sunday is offering you an afternoon to make time completely for yourself, in order to unplug from the hectic nature of life and discover the building blocks for self-care. Loving yourself is the best thing you can ever do for yourself, so join Talya from Motherhood: The Real Deal & Aliya of Hayya Health for three blissful hours of self love at the Winchester Room at The Turk's Head, St Margaret's and immerse yourself in all things feel good. Featuring a self love panel, free treatments and relaxation therapies, holistic health and wellbeing tips and lots more to leave you feeling loved and recharged.

Self Love Sunday will include a Q&A panel, where Aliya, Talia and Katya will be discussing how best to manage strees.

You will also have the chance to try out Laughter Yoga and Hand Healing, and be treated to a massage, hair styling session, make-up tutorial and nail-care experience.


The Other Art Fair


Private View, Thursday 14th March, 5.00pm - 10.00pm - limited tickets available
Friday 15th March, 2.00pm - 10.00pm
Saturday 16 March, 11.00am - 7.00pm
Sunday 17 March: 11.00am - 6.00pm 

Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Investment: From £11.00

The Other Art Fair is the UK's leading artist fair presented by Saatchi Art, showcasing the work of the very best in emerging art to art lovers of all experiences.

On 14th - 17th March 2019 the fair returns to Shoreditch's The Old Truman Brewery, presenting 140 talented emerging artists alongside a unique and immersive features programme.


Navigating the Art World as a Woman (Merit Members Access)

When: Monday 4th March, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Where: The AllBright, 11 Rathbone PlaceLondon, W1T 1HR

Investment: Free for Merit Club Members

Join the Allbright Club for an intimate conversation between artist Anna Liber Lewis, curator and director of The Ingram Collection, Jo Baring, Head Curator of Elephant West, Becca Pelly-Fry and AllBright Curator, Beth Greenacre. 

Female artists remain under-represented in the art world despite outnumbering men studying in art school; London’s major institutions and commercial galleries remain the least likely to hold solo shows by female artists; in 2017 just 22% of solo shows presented by major London non-commercial galleries were by women artists, a decrease since 2016. Beyond the statistics, women artists, curators and professionals face unique challenges.

Join the Allbright Club for an intimate and honest conversation about being a woman in the art world and how one creates strength through collaboration and friendship.


Lemonade Re:made - An Orchestral Rendition of Beyonce at XOYO

When: Tuesday 26th March, 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Where: XOYO, 32-37 Cowper Street, London, EC2A 4AP

Investment: £17.16

This adventurous show combines an orchestral performance from live musicians with immersive live visuals from Beyonce's aesthetic album. Taking home Grammys for ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’, and ‘Best Music Video’, Lemonade was launched with a full length feature film which aired on HBO to rave reviews. It features artists from Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd to James Blake and Jack White, with figures such as Serena Williams accompanying in the film. Blurring R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop & Blues, her songs create a narrative on the experience of being female and Black, casting Beyonce as Oshun, the Yoruba goddess of fertility and sensuality.


Talentbanq presents New Music Mondays at The Ned

When: Monday 25th March, 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Where: The Ned London, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ

Investment: Free

Our friends at Talentbanq are presenting four of the most exciting independent musicians in the UK - Louise Golbey, JJ Rosa, Steve Young UK, and Jocee - at the Ned London; a venue that always promises a fun night out.

By sending an RSVP to attend this event you can apply to become one of Ned’s Music Mates, for which you will get 50% off food and drink from 5pm every Monday at Cecconi's, Millie's Lounge, The Nickel Bar, Zobler’s, Malibu Kitchen and Kaia for you and up to three friends.



Balham Spring Market

When: Saturday 30th March, 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Where: Balham Bowls Club, SW12 8QX

Investment: Free

SoLo Craft Fair are starting off their fourth year in the glorious Balham Bowls Club.

Join them in the vintage ballroom and discover some of the best independent businesses selling their handcrafted wares. If you’re looking for a new piece of art for your home, a new outfit for the kids, or that perfect gift for a loved one then they promise to have you covered, with so many unique traders. 

Alongside the wonderful stalls they will also have a creative workshop you can get involved with and the opportunity to learn a new skill.

A great way to show some support for local independent businesses!

Kitchen Garden Planning for Spring / Summer

When: Tuesday 12th March, 10.30am - 13.30pm

Where: Petersham Nurseries, Church Lane, Off Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 7AB

Investment: £65.00

Join Petersham Nurseries for an introduction and demonstration on how to create a flourishing kitchen garden with their expert horticulturists. Learn everything you need to know about establishing and maintaining a rewarding, healthy and bountiful plot. As well as discussing how to plan your plot, soil preparation and successful sowing, this workshop also includes a tour of Petersham House kitchen garden.


#MarchForWomen with Care International

When: Sunday 3rd March, 2.15pm - 4.15pm

Where: Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, SW1H 9NH

Investment: From £5.00

Join Care International for their #March4Women International Women’s Day event in London’s Westminster Central Hall - an uplifting afternoon of speeches, entertainment, solidarity and action suitable for the whole family in a venue steeped in history where suffragettes 100 years ago used to hold their rallies. Here they will be asking you to join them in calling for a worldwide treaty to protect women everywhere from violence and harassment in the workplace.

Hear from inspirational speakers including, Annie Lennox, David Tennant and Helen Pankhurst, as well as gender equality champions who have challenged the law to change the world: lawyer and women's rights activist, Shola Mos-Shogbamimu; FGM campaigner, Leyla Hussein, Gina Martin, the activist who made upskirting illegal; and Lady Brenda Hale, the first woman President of the UK Supreme Court, as well as performances from Beverley Knight, Bond Quartet, Urban Voices Collective and the legendary composer David Arnold.


Guardian Live: The Guilty Feminist International Women’s Day Special

When: Friday 8th March 2019, 7.00pm–9.45pm

Where: Barbican Hall, London, EC2Y 8DS

Investment: £25 plus £1.74 booking fee

International Women’s Day are delighted to announce a very special Guilty Feminist to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Join host Deborah Frances-White and guests as they take over the Barbican for the live version of everyone’s favourite podcast, in association with The Guardian.

Since its launch in December 2015, The Guilty Feminist has become a podcasting phenomenon with over 50 million downloads. Every week comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests discuss their noble goals as feminists while confessing their insecurities and paradoxes that undermine them.

Guests have included top comedians such as Sarah Millican, Sara Pascoe, Aparna Nancherla, Andi Osho, Sindhu Vee and Hannah Gadsby, as well as TV and movie stars such as Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Lolly Adefope, Roisin Conaty, Susan Wokoma, Emma Thompson, Gemma Arterton and Sharon Horgan - plus activists, experts, writers, MPs, campaigners, novelists and scientists.



Merit Club Social

When: Thursday 28th March, doors open at 6:00 pm

Where: Blacks Club, 67 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QH

Investment: FREE for members, £10 for non-members, including a glass of champagne on arrival.

A new addition to your Merit Club calendar is our fun monthly social, where we get together to connect, network, welcome new members and non-members and have a great time with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Join us every month for a great opportunity to expand your social circle, find new friends and business partners, whether it will be for listening to an inspiring talk, a stimulating workshop or a simple after-work social drinks at a beautiful venue, we want to ensure that through each event you can explore exciting new places in your city, broaden your horizons, and make invaluable and real connections with women that isn’t for just business.

Let’s celebrate the end of the month of Women with a glass of champagne or elderflower-fizz, the choice is yours! Doors will open at 6pm for a casual after-work mingling on the second floor of the beautiful Blacks Club, a private members’ club in the heart of Soho. Free drink on arrival and plenty of chatting and networking opportunity!


Merit Club Co-Working Day

When: Tuesday 5th March, 11.00am - 4.00pm

Where: TBC

Investment: Coworking day is FREE, Talk is FREE for Members.

If you are an entrepreneur, influencer, blogger, freelancer or just a lone soldier trying to leave your mark on the world, we know how lonely it can get working on your own! Which is why we decided to start this inspiring, supportive, and informative working group. 

Come and join us, be it just popping in for a coffee, or sitting with us for the whole day. Let's build a community where you can work on your solo projects, while also having the chance to chat with like-minded women who are in the same boat as you. Sharing a space together with friendly faces, a proactive attitude and similar mindsets has got to help create focus, creativity and productivity, no? As a collective, there's no doubt we'll all have a varied skill set and all kinds of different expertise, so what better way to network and maybe even ask for new ideas!

We will start the day at 11am and finish at around 4pm. There will also be a speaker talk (to be announced).