Inspirational Women from the history linked with places
LONDON: London’s Southbank Centre hosts its annual Women of the World festival celebrating the achievements of women around the world. But it’s not the only place with the wow factor. Here are nine destinations showcasing the highlights and heritage of influential British women.
- J.K. Rowling. Visitors to Edinburgh can experience Potter magic through some of J.K. Rowling’s favourite haunts. Take a trip to the Elephant House once a writing refuge for the author. Don’t miss a free walking tour around Edinburgh’s old town, which spills the beans on how He Who Must Not Be Named got his name.
- Emmeline Pankhurst. In her hometown of Manchester, visitors can explore the legacy of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the Suffragette movement that helped women secure the vote.
- Kelly Holmes. Athlete Kelly Holmes was on the move long before she was crowned double Olympic champion or founded the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. In her early years, she did paper rounds for a sweetshop in Hildenborough near Tonbridge, Kent – she has since turned the shop into Cafè 1809 where visitors earn loyalty points for healthy food choices and can chat about sporting endeavours.
- Mary Quant. Designer Dame Mary Quant made London’s King’s Road world-famous with her Bazaar boutique in the 1950s and is credited with placing the mini skirt on the fashion map; nowadays, the area is packed with high-end stores and restaurants. After a long day’s shopping, get your culture fix at the nearby Saatchi Gallery
- Diana, Princess of Wales. London’s Kensington Palace and Gardens are a good starting point for exploring the life of Princess Diana and the venue is currently hosting the exhibition; Diana: Her Fashion Story. As well as being a member of the royal family, she was known for raising awareness of causes such as HIV/AIDS and anti-landmine campaigns. Younger visitors can explore the Diana Memorial Playground complete with sensory trail, beach, and pirate ship. Visitors can also dip their toes in Hyde Park’s Diana Memorial Fountain or stretch their legs on a seven-mile Memorial Walk through four London parks.
- Beatrix Potter. Beatrix Potter left 14 farms and 4,000 acres of land so people could enjoy her beloved Lake District. You can follow the Beatrix Potter trail which includes her former home, the National Trust property of Hill Top, and the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead, set in a 17th-century building once the office of her solicitor husband.
You may want to consider these influential women:
Amy Winehouse – view street art dedicated to the late singer in Camden, north west London.
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – discover the inspirational story of Britain’s first female doctor at The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery London.
Kate Moss – the international supermodel is a big fan of the London Eye – she’s taken it 25 times.