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My experience of blind dating in London

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glamour-pics-for-datingI am an adventurous person and I would try just about anything once. No wonder I have many hobbies and meet many people through those. But I had never tried blind dating in London. The concept itself seemed strange to me and besides I have always had an active life with lots of people to cater to. But last week a friend of mine went to one such blind date set up by a professional matchmaking agency and she could not stop gushing about it. So I thought I’d give it a try too.

Meeting a complete stranger

I thought for a while regarding how to get a blind date. Then I just asked a good friend to set me up with a guy I do not know, and who she feels would be a good match for me. I believe that if you are going on a blind date for the first time, this is a good way, as it at least gives you some common ground to talk about. I reached the decided spot a bit early and waited for my date. He turned up right on time.

An interesting date

I have been dating in London for a long time and this was my first experience of being set up by someone. I had expected the date to be boring, but it went surprisingly well. My friend had indeed chosen carefully. My date was good to look at, a fine conversationalist and a fan of adventure sports, just like me! In a short while, we had a lot to talk about and by the end of the date, we had exchanged phone numbers. Blind dating can be really fun, provided you like your date, of course. And if you don’t, there are always other ways to find the one you do!

Is it really blind?

Not that long ago one could really go on a blind date – having never seen the person before and having no idea what you’re in for. The truth of the matter in the current day and age though is that the person you are going to meet will almost certainly check out your online presence before meeting you. They’ll get your name and check your facebook, twitter and other social media accounts before agreeing to an actual date. Eharmony.com wrote a great article here on what the most effective profile photos have in common. You can go crazy trying portray yourself in the best light, but I’ve found it’s good to take your photography seriously but not to go overboard. Find a trusted glamour photographer in London and spend a couple hundred pounds and a few hours of your time to get it right. You’ll reap the benefits for years to come, or until you look so different that you need new pictures.

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Why I like speed dating in London

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I have many friends who frown upon the idea of speed dating as a good way to meet eligible dates. But personally, I find the concept liberating. I am a busy professional with hardly any time to attend various parties or browse online dating sites. Hence, when it comes to dating in London, I seem to prefer the organised set up of speed dating where I can meet people on short dates and am free to decide whether I would like to see them again or not.

Speed dating brings like minded people together

I have attended a number of speed dating events and I like the fact that they are organized as per the age range, the ratio of participants and often as per particular niches or hobbies. It has helped me find dates who share my interests and whom I can have a good conversation with.

No pressure

I love the no pressure environment of speed dates where I do not have to feel guilty for not wanting to see someone again and do not even have to explain myself. This takes off the pressure and helps me make friends where the romantic spark lacks. Speed dating in London is indeed a fun experience.

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My list of best places in London for first date

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First dates are scary. I have been a resident of London for years and have experienced dating in London too. Typically, it is not too hard to get a first date. I tend to bump into interesting, single people all the time – either in person or on the internet. It is the prospect of having the perfect first date that usually scares me off. Planning for a first date is especially unnerving and I do not really know the person, do not know what their likes and dislikes are; and the first date is my only chance to make a good impression. But, it is also important not to come off too strong on the first date. This is why I always make it a point to make my first date low key, peppered with a little individuality.

Tea and cakes at Picadilly Circus

Public places are always a good spot for first dates. Personally, I prefer the Picadilly Circus for its vibrancy and huge array of shops. There are endless coffee shops here, which serve beverages and savories at affordable prices. Hence, I can have a great first date without shelling out a fortune. Plus it is fun to just sit with my date and watch the myriad crowd around and share anecdotes and a laugh. Just perfect.

Fun at football at Bar Kick

If my date happens to be a football enthusiast too, then there is one place that would make the perfect first date spot – the Bar Kick. This place has football tables and I have spent evenings with my dates playing on these tables and having laughs over chilled beer. The entire place has an informal vibe, which I really like. It makes the first date fun without making it too intimate or personal. And the fun my date and I seem to have here often sets up the premise for a second date!

Lazy afternoon at Hyde Park

Hyde Park has always been my favorite. I especially like the Pedalos. I get to laze around on the pedalling boat amidst the lake on balmy afternoons. The experience gets even better when I have a first date. The pedalling takes care of the activity part and the boat is a great place to have conversations. Plus the open sky and nature takes off the stress of first date. The amazing places in the city make dating in London a memorable experience.

My favorite places for dating in London

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I have spent a large part of my adolescence as well as adulthood in London. Hence, I have discovered numerous lovely spots throughout the city, which can make dating in London a memorable experience. When it comes to dates, I have found that locations affect a lot. If my date and I liked the location, we were more prone to have fun on the date. The ambience does matter. Hence today, I am going to share some of my favourite dating spots in London, where I have had my best dates.

Strolling along Southbank

There is hardly anything as low key, yet romantic as a walk. I am a walking afficionado myself and going for a walk on the Southbank has been one of my most favorite date activity. I prefer this spot for a second or third date, as the open air and the peace around helps in making good conversations. I love to sit in the shops here for a small bite and then stroll through the area with my date, looking at the skateboarders going about and the various shops with books on sale.

Snuggling up at Aubin Cinema

If my date takes me to East London, then Aubin Cinema would be my definite choice. This cinema has cosy couches, blankets and I can also get food and wine from the bar available here. I have had great times in this place. It is comfortable, there is a movie playing and I get the option of snuggling close to my date. This is as romantic as it gets, without being too cheesy or over-the-top. It has an easy location and my date and I have always comeout smiling from this spot.

Late nights at Natural History Museum

I am a closet museum enthusiast and it makes me ecstatic when I can go to such museums on dates. I t gives me an opportunity to be in an ambience I like, and also to show off a little, as I do read up a lot on such stuff. Museum lates are my particular favorites. Here, I do not have to wrestle for space with the regular day-time crowd. Museum lates are the after hour events that are organised in museums, and you need to buy your passes beforehand. It is worth it though, as you get to marvel the exhibits with your date, in a setting that is not too crowded while sipping on choicest wines. This makes for classy dating in London.

Intimate whispers at Gordon’s Wine Bar

When I have been dating someone for long enough, I like to make my dates intimate. Gordon’s Wine Bar in Central London is a wonderful place for such a date. A myriad crowd visits this place – from new lovers to classy London escorts – and it provides just the right kind of intimate ambience. I can spend hours here, whispering sweet nothings to my date, over heady glasses of wine and delicious food. The place is low key and perfect when you are looking for some personal couple time on your date.

Picnics on the Primrose Hill

On the perfect, sunny day, there can be nothing better than a picnic to make your date a memorable one. Primrose Hill is my favorite location for such picnics. It is simple, inexpensive and most importantly, makes conversations fun under the open sky and green nature around. I just prepare a simple picnic basket and run off to Primrose Hill with my date in early afternoon. There we sit on a rug, munch on our picnic food and have the time of our lives!