Celebrating International Women’s Awareness Day

The month of March isn’t all about the start of spring and St Patrick’s Day. In fact, one day that has slowly but surely secured its spot in the universal calendar, and certainly ours here at The Draycott, is International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th March; a global day that champions the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.

Despite being a luxury hotel nestled in the borough of Chelsea, we’re one of the very few that has maintained strong connections to the history of the capital and the country as a whole. We achieve this, not only through our quintessentially British hospitality and Edwardian finery but by naming each one of our 35 rooms after significant figures of this great country. Amongst those 35 names sit highly notable women, from successful actresses to acclaimed writers. With International Women’s Day coming up, what better way to take a look into the lives of some of those incredible women who are celebrated each and every day at the Draycott?

Walking through our hotel you’ll find Vivien Leigh. Born in 1913 – just three years after the women’s movement was made an official day in our calendars – Vivien Leigh is celebrated as one of the most successful stage performers on London’s West End. Leigh won two Academy Awards; Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and Blanche DuBois in A streetcar Names Desire (a personal favourite of ours at the Draycott!)

Moving further along you’ll stumble across Edith Evans. Throughout her career Edith gave many outstanding performances in Shakespearean plays including As you like it, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado about Nothing. London native, Joyce Grenfell is another notable figure in our hotel. She enjoyed a glittering career from successful actress and comedian to scriptwriter and producer. Joyce also spent time entertaining British troops across the world.

We love celebrating each and every one of our 35 rooms – they never fail to delight guests, and we’re always thrilled to indulge them in the history behind their room. So if you’re checking in with us on 8th March, be sure to ask our staff about the name on your room, and doff your cap to International Women’s Day!