The New York-born, women’s members’ club is open. But even before the paint has dried and the restaurant, tea parlour, beauty and mothers’ rooms, terraces and co-working spaces were fitted, the building was crowded with women talking, working, planning. Like each of The Wing’s locations, London has its own aesthetic – think Rubelli floral fabrics and Caitlin McGauley wallpaper.
“The Wing is a completely authentic space led by women who genuinely care about the women’s movement,” explains Reid, who plans to hold all her meetings here. “The energy in a room when it’s women-only is more honest,” agrees Uwagba, author of Sunday Times bestseller Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women. Gina Martin, who brought about changes to UK law with her anti-upskirting campaign last year, says, “Being around women who are making things happen is a huge booster in terms of doing things yourself.”
Diversity – of both profession and background – is paramount. Felicity Jones, Simone Rocha, Ruth Negga, Adwoa Aboah and Cara Delevingne are just some of the recognisable founding members you might meet. Trans women and those who identify as non-binary are welcomed, too.