Dating in london
But as the months – no, years – rolled by and I rarely met anyone I wanted to see twice, I began to resent the hours of messaging and yearned for my student days, when I met guys every Friday night.But can an app-addicted girl like me ever find love again IRL? The thought of just waltzing up to strangers is nerve-racking after years behind a screen, so I start by trying to meet guys through people I trust.
I decide to try hanging out in places men might naturally gather.On Saturday I have a wedding reception to go to as a plus-one with a friend.I’ll barely know anyone, but if the bride and groom like my friend, they must have good taste when it comes to their other mates, right?I immediately lock eyes with Ben*, a handsome, dark-haired 25 year old who works in banking.We make chit-chat when it’s our turn to dance together, then find each other at the bar afterwards and swap numbers.Meet a number of single professional people in one night.Our speed dating events have provided singles with the opportunity to meet men or women in some of the most sophisticated venues the city offers.He’s too sensible to be my Tinder type, but in the spirit of the challenge, I agree to see him the next week.A few days later my friend Emily suggests I meet her ex-colleague Tom*. I’m up for it, so she gives me his number and within a couple of days we’re on a date in a bar.I feel annoyed at wasting an evening, but I guess that’s a risk you take on and offline. It goes far better than expected – no stilted conversation as we learn about each other outside our online profiles – and we end up drinking too many cocktails late into the night.The next morning I wake with a sore head and a guaranteed second date. Despite last week’s success, I miss the thrill of swiping, so to distract myself I book a couple of singles’ nights.