When

Saturday 21 January

12pm

Where

The US Embassy

24 Grosvenor Square

London W1A 2LQ

 

 

Schedule

12pm March assembles in front of the us embassy, 24 Grosvenor Square

2pm - 3.30pm Rally in Trafalgar Square

March Day Tips

The march is approximately 2 miles long. 
Check the weather, dress comfortably and appropriately in layers. Wear water-tight shoes. 
If you are going to be holding a sign, you will want gloves.

Keep in mind that umbrellas are a challenge in a march. A poncho with a hood may be better. 

Keep your belongings with you at all times. 
Drink plenty of water - bring water with you.
If you think you will get peckish, bring a snack.

Keep checking the website for last minute changes and updates!

As a reminder, we will not be providing toilets. The google map of the march has identified a few public toilets. For more options and accessibility information please click here.

But most importantly, this is a peaceful march so please come with an open mind and an open heart. 

Transport & Logistics

TFL step-free guide: here
You can use this link to plan your trip and don't forget to check for last minute station closures!

London Underground:

Bond Street: Central line (0.2 miles) 
Marble Arch: Central line (0.5 miles)
Oxford Circus: Central, Bakerloo, and Victoria lines (0.6 miles)
Green Park: Piccadilly, and Victoria lines (0.6 miles)
**PLEASE NOTE THE JUBILEE LINE IS NOT RUNNING**

National Rail:

Paddington Station, then bus 7 at stop H, get off at Selfridges
Euston Station, then Victoria Line (south towards Brixton), get off at Oxford Circus OR
Northern Line (south towards Kennington), change at Tottenham Court Road to Central line (West towards Ealing Broadway), get off at Bond Street, Marble Arch, or Oxford Circus)
Victoria Station, then Victoria Line (north towards Walthamstow), get off at Green Park
St. Pancras International/King’s Cross Stations, then Victoria Line (south towards Brixton), get off at Oxford Circus

We ask that people not meet up with friends and marching buddies in front of the US Embassy as it will be quite crowded and difficult to find each other. Please also be aware that with so many people in the area, you may struggle to get mobile phone reception, so do ensure you have a set meeting place in case you lose anyone.

For more information on all transport options as well as tips on organising your day, please click below to download an information pack. 

Logistics pack >>

Entering the Vicinity

We recommend that marchers enter the vicinity via the corners of Brook Street/Duke Street and Carlos Place/Grosvenor Street. Please do NOT use North Audley Street as an entry point as it has been earmarked for disabled users. We ask marchers to respect this in the inclusive spirit of The Women's March on London. Please also refrain from trying to enter via Upper Grosvenor Street!

Please keep checking the website for updates and last minute changes.

Start point of the March

The march will start at 12noon with opening speeches in front of the US Embassy at 24 Grosvenor Square, W1A 2LQ. We ask everyone to look out for ORANGE placards and as of 12.30pm walk the route in the ORANGE section of the march. (Exception, if you slef identify as disabled or marching with young children. See below.) 

Children and Families

Women's March on London welcomes marchers of all ages.

Please note that there is a designated children's area beside the US Embassy where young marchers can get their face painted, do arts and crafts and catch bubbles. Please refer to the map above for details.

Young marchers, please remind your grown-ups to look out for the BLUE placards when we start forming up at 12.30pm and commence the march. You'll be marching directly behind the GREEN group. You may of course prefer to march further back in the procession as part of the general ORANGE group, and that's just fine too.

Alternatively, there is a shorter route, the start point of which is marked with an A on the map. If you prefer to walk the shorter route, we recommend meeting there at 1.20pm and then joining the rest of the marchers towards Trafalgar Square. Though please do keep checking the website for last minute changes.

Finally, parents and carers please consider bringing a change of clothes, plenty to drink as well as snacks for on route. We ask you to keep a very close eye on your children and to agree a meeting point or plan of action should you loose one another in the crowd! Speak to one of the stewards if in any doubt.

You can email us if further questions remain at womensmarchlondon@gmail.com

Access, entry and information for people who self-identify as disabled 

Getting there - 

North Audley Street is earmarked for those with access needs. If you would like to be met by a disability access steward, please come to the corner of North Audley Street and Grosvenor Square
Dedicated disability access stewards will be available throughout the day. They will hold GREEN placards. They are there to help you access the event but will not be able to provide any self-care needs. There will be a viewing area beside the stage in front of the embassy for those who would like to use it. An alternative drop-off point away from the crowds by the US Embassy is Culross Street. Two dedicated access stewards will remain here until 12.40

Marching - 

People with access needs may wish to join the GREEN group who will be marching directly behind the front line. BSL interpreters will be marching in the Green group. Two dedicated disability access stewards will be marching at the back of the procession. There are plenty of cafes on the route which you may wish to use as rest stops, accompanied by an access steward if you prefer. If the march becomes overwhelming and you need to leave it and rejoin later, an access steward will support you to do this. 

Transport links (bus) from the US Embassy to Trafalgar Square, to the short route and from various spots along the route to Trafalgar Square are currently being researched and will be published shortly. 

Short route - 
For those who prefer, there are drop off points for people joining the march on Pall Mall from the north, at the bottom of Regent Street; from the south, Waterloo Place. There will be access stewards with green placards here. Recommended to be here by 1.20 to join the procession. 

Trafalgar Square - 
The access route into Trafalgar Square is via Cockspur Street, taking you round a step-free zone and directly to the viewing area in front of the D-ring where the screen will be. There will be a clear pathway, monitored by stewards, to facilitate easy access into and out of this area. 

All speeches, including those at the US Embassy and Trafalgar Square, will be interpreted into British Sign Language by volunteer registered sign language interpreters (RSLIs). In Trafalgar Square, signers will be filmed so signing is included on the screen. 

Drop off and Pick up Point for Trafalgar Square -
Police advice is to use the East side of the Square, either side of Canada House SW1Y 5BJ, for cars and taxis dropping off and picking up. Recommended to arrive early before the road closure is in place if you're travelling directly to the Square and not marching, or if you're cutting your march short - 1.20pm. 

Electric Wheelchair Recharging - 
Electric wheelchairs users have told us they recharge wheelchairs in the National Gallery, right by Trafalgar Square. There may be other spots on the route where you can recharge, such as cafes or restaurants. 

First Aid -
There are a minimum of 20 First Aiders, each with radios, lucozade and first aid kits, joining the march.  
There will be a first aid tent in Trafalgar Square with a comfortable area for people to lie down if needed. 

Access Phone Number -
A dedicated phone number will be available on the day for people with questions relating to access. Please ONLY use it for this purpose. It may be difficult to talk or hear on the day so texting might be more effective. The number will be activated on Saturday 21st January, 11.00am. 
It is: 07572 650733. 

Facebook Live Streaming -
If you can't make it, the entire event will be live-streamed on our website and Facebook page. 

Toilets - 
The three Changing Place toilets near the route can be found in this map
For other toilets, please see the Toilet map in the Logistics Pack elsewhere on this website.

You can get all the details in our information pack or email us if further questions remain at womensmarchlondon@gmail.com

Safety consideration

We are working closely with the police to ensure the highest level of safety on the day of the march. We also have highly experienced stewards assisting us - we ask that you follow their instructions - and 20 first aiders in attendance as well. In addition there will be an experienced team of volunteer legal observers present. 

If you see an unattended bag or package, report it immediately to the nearest Police Officer or steward. 


In the case of an emergency, follow the instructions of the stewards and police. 

Shorter route

For those who wish to march the shorter route, lease check the map above as the start point has been marked with an A (at the junction of Pall Mall with Waterloo Place). Please meet there at 1.20pm to join the main march as it passes.

Confirmed speakers and performers

Sandi Toksvig - MC

Camilla Kerslake - Singer

Stella Creasy - MP Labour

Akeela Ahmed - Founder, She speaks, We hear

Tanya Moodie - Actress and Ambassador, Women's Equality Party

Natasha Walter - Women 4 Refugee Women

Yvette Cooper - MP, Labour

Sajeela Kershi - Comedian

Polly Neate - Chief Executive, Women's Aid

Caroline Russell - Green Party

Isabel Adomakoh Young - Ambassador, 50:50 Parliament

Lady Phyll - Co-founder, Trustee and Executive, Black Pride UK

Sara Pascoe - Comedian

Sara Olney - LibDem

Diane Holland - Assistant General Secretary, UNITE Union

Eve Best - Actress

Kate Allen - Director, Amnesty UK

Clare Murphy - Director of External Affairs, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Holler4U - Pop choir

Leaving Trafalgar Square

Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern line)
Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo line)
Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, District, and Circle line)
Leicester Square (Piccadilly and Northern line)

Accommodation

For those of you travelling to London for the March, we have created a Facebook page with links to suggested accommodation that is close to the route. It is also for people to connect for shared travel to London from around the UK.