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There are a number of ways to meet people including the traditional ways of chatting to people in a bar or club. A lot more people than ever are using online dating sites. There are many types of London singles sites available, from basic ones that allow you to create a profile, search profiles and then contact members, to more complex sites. These may offer a variety of lifestyle and personality questionnaires designed to help you find compatible potential dates.
Online dating can be very terrifying at first, but take time to have a look around sites to see what is on offer. Sites designed for older singles, gay singles and single parents are just a few of the specialist online dating sites available. Do spend some time building your profile, making sure it is honest and realistic. Once your profile is set up, there is no reason why online dating should not be safe as well as lots of fun. Another advantage of online dating is that you can chat to people online at any time of day or night.
Speed Dating is also a fun way to meet people although to some this may seem more frightening than online dating. Once matched online, through a speed date, or even by your friends, you now need to decide where to go for that all-important first date. You should always arrange to meet in a public place and make sure a friend knows all the details about who your date is with and where. Ideally, you need somewhere quiet to meet, such as a bar, quiet restaurant or coffee shop.
Obviously, London has many great places for meeting for that first date and where you choose will often depend on where you live. Some ideas of places to eat outside of central London include Harrison’s in Balham, The Lighthouse in Battersea or The Bobbin in Clapham Old Town. For a different atmosphere, Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick offers a New York feel as well as some live jazz. Also, ask your friends for some suggestions, especially if you are new to the singles London scene.
Do avoid hectic places, as it is very difficult to talk and make eye contact if there are too many people around. There are plenty of places to walk, so why not stroll along the river. You could also visit a gallery, such as the Saatchi or the Tate. This should always start conversation, especially if you or your date is a little shy. You may even fancy a stroll around the V&A or Natural History Museum. It will all depend on what sort of things both of you are interested in. If the first date is not successful, do not be too hard on yourself. Take it as a positive experience in that you have been out to somewhere different and it has proved that people are interested in dating you. Finally, remember that there are plenty more singles in London who will also be interested in dating you too.
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