Celebrating International Women’s Day at Gabriel’s Wharf

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Happy International Women’s Day! 

The 8th of March is known worldwide as International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. 

At Gabriel’s Wharf, many of our small, independent shops, restaurants and galleries are female owned. If you’re on London’s South Bank this International Women’s Day, visit our independent boutiques to support female owned small businesses! 

Find out more on some of our female owned businesses at Gabriel’s Wharf: 

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Joanne Plumb Knitwear 

Joanne Plumb, owner of Joanne Plumb Knitwear, has owned her knitwear boutique in Gabriel’s Wharf for over 20 years! 

She uses various fabrics such as cotton, linen, merino and cashmere on her knitting machine, creating bespoke knitwear such as hats, scarves and gloves. 

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TAP by Gita’s Portal 

TAP by Gita's Portal, owned by Mariatu Turay, is a one-stop space to find an interesting collection of designer-maker products not found on the high street! 

TAP is an expansion of Mariatu’s existing business, Gita’s Portal, a lifestyle business that sells apparel, accessories, gifts and homeware to consumers. 

Most of the creatives in TAP are female founders who hail from all over the world, including the UK, Africa, Europe and the US, and each maker handmakes their products in their studios. 

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Image of Sonya holding a cheese toastie in her shop.

Hot Mess Toasties 

Hot Mess Toasties, owned by Sonya Wilson, is a small toastie shop that thinks ‘BIG’ when it comes to grilled cheese. 

Boasting a menu of various cheese toasties using 100% British cheese, locally and responsibly sourced, as well as coffees, soft drinks, ice cream and more. 

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Margarita Garcia is the owner of HolaGuacamole, which serves fresh and tasty Mexican street food! 

HolaGuacamole offers burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tacos and fajitas. Their dishes are based on their very own recipes, and their ingredients are sourced locally as much as possible.  

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Heads Rule Hearts 

Janice Bocquillon, owner of Heads Rule Hearts, is a long-term member of our Gabriel’s Wharf community. Heads Rule Hearts sells a range of products from women’s clothes to hats and children’s clothes. 

Janice’s designs are all made by hand and span a variety of styles to suit all occasions. By using offcuts and recycled materials for the fabrics of her products, Janice creates sustainable bespoke items with zero waste. 

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Visit Gabriel’s Wharf this International Women’s Day on London’s South Bank for a unique shopping and dining experience, full of tasty eats, handcrafted and vintage finds. Escape the hustle and bustle of the West End and experience something different with us.

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