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Dating in London

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Dating in London can seem like a daunting prospect, but with a population of 7.5 million people, there has to be some other single people in London!

You can either go it alone and try to find a date in London through meeting new friends and through existing friends, or there are London dating events throughout the week to give you a helping hand!

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Where to find a date in London

Speed dating in London

Speed dating in London is one of the most popular ways to find a date in London.

Check online for London dating events and there is usually something going on nearly every night of the week.

What's great is that if you pick an event in your London neighbourhood then it is likely that your potential other half lives nearby too.

If you're not familiar with the concept, speed dating involves a group of single people who all get to meet each other for a few minutes. At the end, you let the organiser know who you'd like to give your number to so you can set up a real date!

For people looking for a place to live in London, there are similar events designed for finding a flatmate, known as 'speed flatmating'.

However, if you don't like the idea of doing anything at speed, you can try 'snail dating'.

This London dating event will be held regularly after Christmas at the Adam and Eve (77a Wells Street; Oxford Street) off Oxford Street and provides a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Rather than sit at tables, singletons mill around the other customers, showing their participation with a name tag. They also get at least ten minutes to chat to their match before moving on.

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Find a London dating agency

If you are very busy and important, there is a London dating agency designed just for you.

Called, this website provides users with the chance to find single people in London nearby, meaning that if you are at work, you can nip out on your lunch break or after work for a coffee with some lovely singleton.

London clubs

Dating in London for free can also be just as easy. If you are out with a group of friends, London bars and clubs are full of young single people of all races and orientation.

One word of warning however, London clubs in Leicester Square and gay club Heaven are notorious for people trawling for one night stands.

London galleries

What is more romantic than finding single people in London by lingering around a London gallery?

Hanging around here or at a music gig, comedy venue or London museum can create a great conversation starter and hopefully easily help you find someone who has similar interests.

In the past, museums such as the Museum of London have even held organised dating events.

Where to go when dating in London

Finding things to do in London on a date can be tricky, but only because there is so much to do.

Ignore the traditional dinner and a movie, which can be reserved for dating in other cities. While in London, find something unique to do instead.

Ponder a Canaletto at the National Gallery (Trafalgar Square; Embankment; 10am-6pm; free entry) or distract yourself at the London Aquarium (Westminster Bridge Road; Waterloo; 10am-6pm; £17.50).

You can have a drink somewhere that has stunning views, such as the Kensington Roof Gardens (99 Kensington High Street, High Street Kensington; £20; -3am) or Vista at the Trafalgar Bar (2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square; Charing Cross; -11pm).

If you want to really splash out, the Oxo Tower (Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank; Temple; -11pm) has amazing views of St Pauls and the River Thames. This is a Harvey Nichols restaurant, but it also has a brasserie and bar.

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For something quirky…

As winter approaches, outdoor ice skating rinks come out in full force. The best London ice rinks are Somerset House (Strand; Temple; Nov 23rd-Jan 23rd; £10.50-£13) and the Tower of London (Tower Hill; Nov 20th-Jan 9th; £10-12), as they have perfect views of the famous landmarks to go with them.

At other times of the year, go indoors and try a roller skating disco, such as London club the Renaissance Rooms (Miles Street, Vauxhall; £10-15; -2am).

For something equally retro, bowling in London has become a popular sport. All Star Lanes in Holborn (Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place; Russell Square; £8.75), Bayswater (Whiteleys, 6 Porchester Gardens; Bayswater) and Brick Lane (95 Brick Lane; Aldgate East) carry on well into the early hours of the morning and feature a diner and bar as well as the game, providing a whole night's entertainment.

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Staying safe on a date

Maybe it goes without saying, but London is full of strangers, so be sure to stay safe while dating in London.

Make sure that someone else knows exactly where you are going and when you are coming home and it is also worth investing in a London A-Z. A pocket map will fit in your bag and only costs around £5.

When getting home, use a black cab or book a minicab, but never get in an unlicensed car.

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