Something you should do… Date differently



It’s a New Year (wahey!), and if you’re  single, meeting someone may be on your wish list. So in a city packed with interesting things to do and people just as intriguing, merging the two could make for some love connections over this season that might (fingers-crossed) last in time for February 14th! So here’s some alternative events that could give you a chance to  meet that someone special:

Doodle Date

Doodle Date is a creative take on speed dating that takes out the rigid conversation. You take turns doodling to draw a picture together or converse through images which might lead to romance. What’s great is that you don’t have to be Picasso to do it, even stickmen enthusiasts can join in! Next date, January 17th.  www.doodledate.com

Swing Dancing

The London Swing Dance Society hosts weekly swing dancing events that happen across London. Dancing with several partners during the session means it’s like speed dating but without the unnerving pressure as you’re there to shake-a-leg. It’s a light-hearted way to meet new people and you never know –  it could have you swinging “head over heels” in love!  www.swingdanceuk.com

Salsa Flirt

For a night of Latino flavour, Salsa Flirt holds weekly parties every Saturday with a Latin class for beginners. With food and wine served in the bar area you’ll find yourself dining and dancing while you make new friends and you never know it might lead to more. Saturdays, Miabella Bar & Club, Greek Street (Next event, January 7th). www.meetup.com/London-Salsa-flirts/events/42490792

 A Game of Two Halves at  Bar Kick, Shoreditch High Street

Football, drink and Edwardian costumes are not the usual elements for romance but A Game of Two Halves makes it work. The evening is split, between ‘the pitch’ where you can enjoy interactive table tennis and ‘the bench’ where you get chatting at the conversation tables. A couple in old-fashioned costumes basically referee everything and it’s pretty fun.  www.agameof2halves.co.uk

Meet & Mingle

It’s no secret that the capital can be a lonely one, and beyond the usual work/social/community circle, it can be tough getting connected with the city’s dwellers.   So voila – the Meet + Mingle was born, and the aim is for people from all walks of life to simply have interesting conversations with as many people as possible,  without the awkwardness that can come with dating-type events (M&M is a purely platonic affair). So come with an open-mind and expect a fun and enlightening experience – you never know who you might meet!  www.facebook.com/events/323250677695549/

Other suggestions

Meetup.com – this free website is a brilliant way to find people who are into the stuff you like – whether it’s board games, dim sum, or simply having a good old fashion debate.  The events are varied, but it’s a great way to meet new people while finding things to do in the capital. www.meetup.com 

Doingsomething.co.uk – their motto is “Dating’s more fun when you’re doing something” and the whole premise is that you recommend an activity and hope that someone will want to do it with you, taking “internet” dating into the real world.  But with most dating sites, the more you put in, the more you get out of it, so you’ll need to be seriously on the case – and there’s alot more flexibility if you get a paid package – but it’s definitely worth a gander. https://www.doingsomething.co.uk/ (Words: Tosin Omilaju) 

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