Which online dating site is best for you?

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That’s a great question and actually, how do you know which online dating site is best for you?

There is no right or wrong answer to it.  With so many different types of sites out there and so many different things people are looking for, not every answer is going to be the same for everyone.

However, there are some steps you can take to make sure that you get to the right group of sites. We suggest the following:

Casual V Long-term

There are sites out there that are for casual/”adult” dating. Typically the format is that you message online, meet up and enjoy sex. You may never see them again and it’s certainly not going to be long term.

Then there are the “long-term” sites which people join to meet someone for a long-term relationship, perhaps even marry.

So think to yourself why do I want to meet someone? Do I want to be in a relationship for a long time or do I just want to have some fun?

Niche V’s Mainstream

Within the casual and long-term categories, there will then be “niche” and “mainstream” sites.

Niche means the site is geared towards a very select group within that category, so for adult sites, this could be, “spanking”, “bondage” etc.

A mainstream site in this category will cater to just adult.

In the long-term category, again you have niche sites, such as sites for “tall people”, “people who like hiking”, etc. But you also have your mainstream sites that cater to everyone.

At this point you need to think, is there one specific thing I really want?

If you have decided on adult dating, have you got any sexual fantasies that you would like to play out?

If you are looking for a long-term site is there one requirement your date must have, e.g. they have to be a large people (as your into large people), or tall (as your tall or want to date someone taller than you), or into painting (as you like to paint) and so on.

Shortlist.

Now you have refined as much as you can, there still might be ten websites that come up when you run a google search.

So you need to narrow down that list to two or three.

How do you do that?

Well, take a look around the site… ask yourself, is it user-friendly, clearly laid out, read the blog posts do you like what they are writing about? Does it feel like there is a sense of community?

Get the list down to two or three websites that you like.

Join them all as a “free” member

Ok so now it’s time to join the all the sites you have shortlisted as a “free” member. This gives you a chance to find out the following.

1. Are there members in your area?

You will probably want to start dating close to home so you will want to make sure there are singles in your area.

Let’s assume for example that website A has 5 members in your area meeting your search area, but website B has 500 members in your area meeting your search criteria, which will you want to join.

You can’t get to this data without joining as a free member.

2. Are there members who meet your dating requirements?

Again take a good look at the members, are they the sort of single people you want to meet if they are then you have found the right website to join.

3. What is the price of joining?

If you want to date people online then you will have to pay a membership fee. Without paying for the service you will not be able to read messages from other members or send messages to other members.

So again take this simple example, website A costs £20 a month to join, website B costs £40 a month to join.

Now you need to weigh up if you think website B can justify the extra £20 charge?

Note that not all dating sites are upfront about their membership fees and usually you can only get to this information if you join for free and then go to the upgrade page.

So now all you need to do is decide which of your shortlisted websites you are going to join based on these 3 factors.

 

So there you have it, which online dating site is best for you? Really comes down to what you want to get out of it.

We hope you found this useful.  Now you will also want to set up your profile correctly, so why not take a look at our blog posts on doing just that:

Do typos in your dating profile spell disaster?

Don’t make your online dating profile too picky!

What makes a good profile photo?

 

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How can I tell if someone I met online likes me or not?

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Sometimes single people using internet dating sites are never too sure if someone they met online likes me or not.  In this blog post, we take you the five things to look at.

By far the easiest thing to look out for is when someone is not that into you.  This should be a red flag to indicate that perhaps you should cut ties with them.

Here are a few things you might pick up on.

1. They tell you they will call and then they don’t

If someone is interested in you, they will make the effort to find time to contact you.

If they can’t speak to you they will send you a quick text to tell you why. If they are simply not making the effort to communicate with you it’s a good sign that they are not that into you.

At this point, you should start believing that they are not a long-term prospect and make the decision to stop contacting you.

If they don’t contact you again, then you know it’s over. If they do, then they have obviously thought about you and realised that they want to see you again, which is good news!

2. You’re the one always initiating contact and arranging dates

If you find that you are always making the arrangements, the next time you meet up you should indicate that it’s their turn next time and then just wait.

If they don’t contact you after that meeting, don’t contact them, after all, you TOLD them that the onus was on them to make the arrangements.

As a general rule, it’s in men’s genes to usually set up the dates, so as a woman you should think they are not all that into you if they don’t start to make the arrangements if they know you are interested in them.

3. They don’t respond to your emails or texts for a long time, sometimes you have to send another to get a response.

You should expect a reply within a reasonable amount of time. If you email or text during the day then it is perfectly reasonable that you might not get an instant reply given they could be busy at work.

However, if you don’t get a reply that evening or the following morning then you should start to think they are not that into you.

If you don’t get a reply at the weekend, when let’s face it most people have 10 minutes to send a text or write an email then I would suggest you stop contacting them.

4. At the end of your date, they don’t do or say anything to suggest another

At the end of a successful date, if you’re both keen then you should also both be eager to arrange another.

If you find that you’re always the one suggesting another date then I would suggest you think again. Next time don’t mention another date and see what happens.

If nothing happens then you have your answer… move on!

5. They tell you they are not interested

It seems rather obvious, however a lot of the time you are so caught up in the moment that you do not realise they are telling you that they don’t love you.

Also, they might not say it in such a direct way, it might come out as “I need some space”, or “I need to think about this” etc. So do not miss the obvious.

 

So there you have it, 5 telltale signs that they might not be that into you.  At which point you should cut ties with them and run!

As the saying goes “there are plenty more fish in the sea”, so move on and hook another!

 

If you enjoyed this article you might also like:

Ways to avoid first date nerves and anxiety

Fun First or Second date ideas

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Ways to avoid first date nerves and anxiety

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Well, you should be aware that it is quite natural to have some nerves and anxiety before a first date. But it is understandable that you will want to avoid first date nerves and anxiety as much as possible.

You are after all going to meet up with and spend a couple of hours chatting with someone you have never seen before.

Even the people you wouldn’t expect to have nerves, still do but they do view them as positive nerves. Pop stars before they head out on the big stage suffer, so do actors/actresses and sports starts.

I think the key is that some nerves are definitely good, they get you ready for the event, they make you excited and pop stars say they make them perform at their top level.

However, if the nerves are too strong, they can make you feel anxious, sick, dizzy and generally rubbish, these are the ones to avoid.

So how do we avoid those type, here are a few things you might want to consider:

1. Keep the first meeting short.

Go for a short first date, the ideal scenario is a lunchtime meeting as you know this has to be short to allow you to get back to work.

If not a drink after work, but make sure you let them know you have plans later (even if you don’t) or brunch at the weekend.

If you think it is going to be a short period this will relax you. Spending up to two hours with someone you don’t know is much easier than spending up to four hours for example.

2. Get the best possible start

Before the date “pump yourself up”, put on your favorite music, spend some time getting ready, wear something that makes you feel attractive and confident, think positively.

Brainstorm at least two positive qualities about yourself and soak them in.

3. Replace an anxious thought with something more positive

Anxious thoughts circle in your mind. Try to stop that by thinking positively, such as “this could be the start of years of happiness”, “I deserve to find love” etc.

4. Be excited about the possibility of finding love

You should be excited, you’re going on a fun date and meeting someone new. Focus on hope, new potential, happiness, connection, and adventure.

5. Release endorphins 

You could release some endorphins before going on the date, with a little light exercise.

We wouldn’t suggest you run a marathon, but you could do some yoga, go for a swim or a light jog around the block.

6. Reflect on past anxious events

Reflect on events in the past where you were anxious but all ended up being fine, such as your driving test, school exams, buying a house etc.

7. Jot down a few conversation points

Write down on a very small piece of paper a few conversation points you could use.

You can also make an excuse to take a quick look at the list, such as visiting the lavatory or going to the bar to get drinks. Just having that safety net there will relax you.

8. Give yourself a reality check

Manage your expectations. Yes, there are going to be some boring dates, but there will also be some that are really fun!

There might be somewhere you don’t click, there might be others where you flirt outrageously. If life was constantly the same, it would be boring right?

So embrace the difference!

9. Ground yourself before leaving home

Take a few deep breaths and tell yourself positive things, such as “I am strong”, “I can handle this”.

10. They will be just as nervous

If it helps to think of others going through the same thing, then remember your date will be just as nervous, so you’re definitely not alone.

 

So there you have it 10 pointers to help you avoid first date nerves and anxiety.

Go on, go and enjoy a date, embrace the experience and find love. You have nothing to lose but lots to gain!

 

Why not take a look at some of our other posts which might help with your first date?

Fun first or second date ideas

Should you plan your first date?

 

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Have you ever been on a date in the dark?

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I assume the answer is “No”! But let me ask this question another way… You see if you haven’t uploaded a photo it’s like you are trying to date in the dark.

You are dating in the dark if you haven’t added at least 1 picture to your profile!

Have you added at least one picture to your profile?

How many of you now answer “no” to this question? You see if you answered no to the second question you should have answered “yes” to the first!

Not uploading your photo is just like dating in the dark and dating in the dark isn’t good for your dating chances for the following reasons:

1. People think you’re not taking online dating seriously

You see people looking at your profile will not think you can be bothered to fill out your profile. Not being bothered naturally gives the impression that you don’t really want to date someone and therefore you will be overlooked!

If you want to be successful in online dating, you need to show you are serious.

2. People will worry about what you actually look like

If you can’t see a photo, your mind races away with itself. People start to think you might look like “shrek” or “Borris Johnson”. Don’t let their minds wander, let them see a photo.

3. People will not be able to see if there might be a spark.

Yes, even in online dating there has to be a spark. The person viewing your profile has to look at your photo and feel a “buzz” if that happens and they go on to like your profile they will probably send you a message.

There has to be a slight “wow” factor and this usually comes from the first look at your photo.

4. People when searching for profiles will usually search for “photos only” so you will not even show up!

Yes, lots of people out there don’t enjoy dating in the dark! Most people will search for profiles with photos and therefore if you don’t upload a photo there is no chance you will get put in those search results.

Not convinced?

We have data to prove that people who upload a photo have 150% more views than those who don’t. 

Want to be seen? Be seen in a photo! Why don’t you upload a photo what have you got to lose?

 

So make sure you don’t date in the dark by uploading a photo today!

 

Want to read some more great blog posts:

What makes a good profile photo?

What additional photos you should upload to your profile?

 

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When it’s ok to say “No” in a relationship

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There are plenty of times when it’s ok to say “No” in a relationship.

In fact when you’re in a relationship “No” really is a magic word. There are two fears associated with the word “No”, they are:

1. Hearing “No”
2. Saying “No”

These are usually spoken at the end of a relationship hence why people don’t like it.

Why it’s important to be able to say “No”

It’s very important to be able to say “No”, the ability to give and receive a graceful “no” is essential for dating success.

Believe it or not, being able to do this puts you at ease, makes you more confident and lets you engage with people as your most authentic self.

Imagine the scene you are in a relationship with someone, things were strong at the start but you can tell things are drifting apart.

The other person has actually fallen out of love with you and knows they have but can’t bring themselves to tell you.

This continues for a year, now that might seem like a long time but it really does happen.

Just think there for a second, that’s a full year in a relationship going nowhere just because you couldn’t face the “no”.

How to say “no”

You need to be tactful and understand that it is probably going to really hurt the other person.

Sometimes the message can be confused so really think about the reason. Be as honest as you can be. Although you know it will hurt, you can’t worry about them getting very upset, that is natural. Your only job is to deliver the rejection gracefully and respectfully.

Practise saying it out loud until it feels natural.

It might sound something like ….

“Thank you for letting me get to know you. Unfortunately, I have come to realise that we are not a good match” or

“I’ve enjoyed speaking with you, but I’m not feeling the potential for a romantic connection”

How to take a “no”

If you’re not expecting it, then “yes” it will hurt.

But deep down, you surely know as in the example above that it is better to hear that “no” now than say a year down the line. Do you really want to be in an unhappy relationship for a year?

Also, it is difficult to say “no” so don’t think you’re the only one having a tough time.

You can now move on. You’re free of that relationship.

From this we can learn two great things:

1. Dating is a numbers game. You don’t win if you don’t play.
2. Every “no” you give and receive is also a “yes” to what you really want.

So embrace the word “no”, trust me it will help with your dating!

 

Why not read some of our other great blog posts:

What is the reward theory of attraction?

Don’t make your online dating profile too picky!

 

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Do typos in your dating profile spell disaster?

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Typos in your dating profile almost certainly spell disaster!

Why? Well, we can put it down to the following reasons:

1. Shows you don’t care

Part of being successful on internet dating sites is being able to prove to the person you want to date that you are on there to meet someone.

Being able to log into most sites for free is great on one hand as it allows people to try a site before they pay, but on the other, it means there are a lot of profiles out there from people who just aren’t serious but thought they would try it one evening.

By not taking time over your profile and checking things like spelling and grammar, you are really showing someone that you don’t care.

That you aren’t worried about taking time over your profile. That you don’t want to take the time over your profile in order to find someone to date.

These are not positive signs! So make sure you don’t give someone that impression and take a few more hours over your profile.

2. Shows you’re not careful

Some research we carried out also showed that bad spelling and grammar meant that someone would think you were not careful.

Is that a great thing to be?

The answer is no. So again don’t lead someone into thinking that way about you and instead check your spelling and grammar.

3. Makes you look uneducated

Another knock on effect is that it can lead someone to think you are uneducated. Bad grammar is associated with 80% of cases with uneducated people. So avoid that by checking it today!

Some people think this can’t be the case as you put in your highest education, but that only tells someone what level you stayed at school till (i.e., A-level, or degree), it doesn’t tell them what grade you got.

Bad grammar and spelling will make them think it was a low grade and perhaps even make them think you are lying on your education level.

4. If you know you are a bad speller, use charm and whit

In some cases, there may be a legitimate case for why you are a bad speller if, for example, you are dyslexic. If this applies to you, then firstly be cheeky about it.

We have seen someone put in their profile, the first line read “I’ll buy you a drink for every typo”. Which is great, but then you must put in your profile at some point the reason why, as in this case as you are dyslexic.

Now one word of caution is don’t lay it on thick. For example, we once saw someone put.. “due to my disability, my profile sucks and that’s why I never get a date”. This type of thing was all over their profile. Don’t do it! Just mention it once and move on.

Richard Branson, for example, is dyslexic and he mentions it in most of his books. However, in most cases, he only mentions it once and all of the time he mentions it as a positive, for example, he says attributes his great memory due to him being dyslexic.

So how do you avoid bad spelling and grammar?

1. Write your profile on a word processor first.

Write the profile on a word processor and once complete run a spelling and grammar check.

2. Re-read the profile a couple of times.

Re-read your profile and look out for bad grammar and spelling. A common mistake, for example, is the use of there, they’re and their!

3. Get a friend to give it the once over

Why not ask a friend who is good with grammar and spelling to give it the once-over. They may well spot something you haven’t.

4. Download Grammarly

You can download Grammarly to your good chrome as an extension.  It is a brilliant little FREE tool which will check your grammar and spelling as you type.

You can find out more here

 

Get more dates by avoiding typos in your profile!  Go have a read of your profile today and check your spelling and grammar!

 

Why not take a look at some of our other blog posts:

Top 8 tips for replying to an online dating message

Should you update your profile

 

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Stop these bad dating habits right now!

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Are you getting dates? If not it could be that you have developed some bad dating habits.

In this post, we explore what these bad habits could be and how we overcome them.

1. Being too available

There is a very fine balance when dating regarding time. I think these days we always seem time pressured and never seem to have enough of it!

You have to juggle so many things in your life, including your dating relationship.

But don’t be too available in the early stages of a relationship. For example, don’t say you can make a date today at the drop of a hat and then after the date call them again and ask if they want to go on another date.

Imagine you were on the other end of that, what would you be thinking?

  • 1.1. Wow they are very keen
  • 1.2. Don’t they have any other friends?
  • 1.3. Are they desperate?
  • 1.4. Are they willing to cancel their entire social life just for me? (Scary)

You wouldn’t want to come across in any of these ways, would you? But equally not being available enough also has its problems, namely…

2. Not being available enough

Quite simply, this gives the other person the following thoughts:

  • 2.1. If they don’t have the time to date? Why are they bothering and wasting my time?
  • 2.2 Don’t they like me? Are they too afraid to tell me to my face?
  • 2.3 they are not interested in me

Plus of course, there is no way for you to really get to know that other person,

As mentioned above you don’t want to be available all the time, but equally, you don’t want to be unavailable all of the time! So you must get the balance right. If you’re planning to meet up, give a couple of dates, if you can’t make a date you have set

3. Engaging in off-putting behavior

I’m sure when we think of it we all know examples of off-putting behavior but here are some we thought of:

  • 3.1 picking your nose!
  • 3.2 not blowing your nose when it is running
  • 3.3 Farting
  • 3.4 drinking more than you should and making an idiot of yourself
  • 3.5 Making every other word a swear word

These type of behaviors are not going to do you any good at all. Would you want to show off anyone who does any of the above to your friends and family?

The answer, of course, is no.

Therefore in their mind, they are going to completely turn off you. Be a gentleman/lady and you will find you get much better results.

4. Online Stalking

So it’s ok to google their name once before you meet up just so you know they are not involved in anything they shouldn’t be or covering something up. But don’t stray too much further than the results page.

Certainly do not try and stalk them on Facebook or twitter and definitely do not try and track down their ex on social media.

What we are trying to say is a quick search is fine to establish would they are, a full blow investigation/stalking (like opening a “CSI” case) is simply unacceptable.

5. Being too picky

The internet dating world really has meant that we can all be a little too picky. People now turn off people if their eyes are “blue” and they only like “green”.

If there is one problem with internet dating, it’s that you can be too picky. So don’t have that list of 288 “must haves”. Trim it down to your “must have” 3 requirements and if they meet those give them the first date.

Who knows opening your net a little wider might just bag you the one you want.

6. Putting your life aside

Don’t give up on your friends, your hobbies, and your social life, just because you have met someone who you like. In the early stages, you should try and still keep in touch with those groups as well as spend time with your date.

This way they know what you value in your life. As your relationship progresses you can then introduce them to your friends and people in your social circle.

Dating is one big juggling act. You have to find the time to fit everyone in and it is never easy. But a golden rule is to give everyone a piece of you and let everyone know why it is only that time you can give to them.

Plus give yourself some time so you can unwind and relax.

7. Being stuck in the past

You should never dwell on the past even when you’re not in a relationship. The past is after all the past! So move on and give every new date a new opportunity, don’t expect them to fail like your ex did!

So move on, get on with life and enjoy. Look forward and enjoy life and the new experiences that come with it.

 

So there you have our 7 bad dating habits!  Which ones are you guilty of?

Have we missed any from our list? Put them in the comments if we have.

 

Other similar articles you might be interested in:

The truth about why funny men are so attractive

Don’t make these 5 internet dating mistakes

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Restaurants in London with a view

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We all like eating great food while taking in a breath-taking view, don’t we? Here are our top recommendations for restaurants in London with a view.

1. Barbecoa

The view here overlooking the dome of St. Pauls is simply stunning. It has to be one of the most imposing in London.

Men will be really happy here since Jamie Oliver has teamed up with American barbeque maestro Adam Perry Lang to create a menu that celebrates any type of meat!

You always know you are going to have a great time at one of Jamie’s restaurants and this one doesn’t disappoint, with a great view thrown in!

Click HERE to book a table now!

2. Blueprint Cafe

Wall to ceiling windows looks out over the Thames and Tower Bridge. The yellow canopy’s really make you feel like you are eating al fresco. It has a great menu and a fantastic buzz. We would highly recommend a visit.

Click HERE to book a table now!

3. Duck and Waffle

Situated on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower, the restaurant has its own entrance on the ground floor. The glass lift on the outside of the building will whizz you up to the 40th floor.

The views are stunning, you can look out over the gherkin, which I think is one of London’s oddest but still beautifully shaped buildings, or look in the opposite direction for the Thames and tower bridge. The food is excellent and the restaurant has a good feel to it!

Click HERE to book a table now!

4. Hutong

With its origins in Hong Kong, they have now ventured to the capital and opened a restaurant half way up the Shard. Naturally, it, therefore, has stunning views. It serves a Sichuan and northern Chinese menu.

The decor is a mix of plate glass and ersatz Old Beijing decor with hard chairs thrown in. In order to replicate the original, they have even brought some of the staff over while the restaurant is establishing itself.

Click HERE to book a table now!

5. The Oxo Tower

The Oxo Tower is a London landmark. Within the Tower, you find a delightful restaurant, which has a formal dining room, a brasserie, and a relaxed bar.

A glass frontage makes the most of the fantastic river views, the brasserie terrace on a summer night is the ideal place to be.

Click HERE to book a table now!

6. Plateau

The aptly named Plateau sits on the fourth floor of Canada Place, with sensational views of Canary Wharf from its huge glass and metal façade.

The interior aims to impress with iconic contemporary furniture – marble-topped white Euro Saarinen Tulip tables and matching chairs, and Arco floor lamps – but the restaurant isn’t just a designer showroom for the moneyed classes; the beautifully presented cuisine is testament to the fact that head chef Allan Pickett takes his job very seriously, producing inspired dishes that pay more than just lip service to the principle of seasonal eating.

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7. Skylon

Skylon, set on the first floor of the Royal Festival Hall is a fantastic viewpoint for the Thames. The lofty ceilings and gigantic windows allow you to eat great food and look at an ever-changing picture postcard view of the river Thames.

It is simply spectacular, day or night. The chic cocktail bar, amid sofas in the center of the space, also offers a dose of metropolitan pizazz.

Dining areas are split between the brasserie-style Grill on one side of the bar and the Restaurant, with a more fine-dining menu, on the other.

Click HERE to book a table now!

 

So there you have our top 7 restaurants in London with a view.  Have you been to any? Have we missed any? Add your comments below.

 

Fun First or Second date ideas

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Here is a list of fun first or second date ideas.  When we started to think about it we came up with more than we expected!

1. BYO (bring your own) picnic

So one of you brings say the drink, blanket, plates, and cutlery, the other brings the nibbles. Then all you need to do is decide on a good location and away you go!

A great park is a good choice but equally, go for a promenade or just some green open space.

With an eye to safety make sure it is a public place where there will still be plenty of people.

Oh and if you get the slightly easier deal (i.e. the drinks) try to still make an effort, like make your own cordial or lemonade.

2. Take a cooking class

An excellent idea! It’s really good fun, you should have a good laugh and in most cases, you get to eat what you make.

3. Go to a food/beer festival or street fair.

Probably a better idea in the summer as there should be some choice. In London, for example, they host the Capital FM festival, at Christmas, there are plenty of Christmas markets and in the summer towns and villages across the UK have beer and cider festivals (of course make sure your date enjoys beer or cider before you suggest that one!)

4. Head to a theme park

You are never too old to enjoy a good theme park (unless of course, you suffer from vertigo).

5. Go to an outdoor movie or concert

Again probably something for the summer, but these do spring up all over the place. Keep your eye out for them.

There is certainly a lot in London but again they do run throughout the UK.

6. Go to the races

Going to the races is great fun and many of the racecourses around the UK have evening meetings in the summer.

Newmarket, for example, has a brilliant evening of around 6 races, followed by a popular singer, it’s called “Newmarket nights” and full details can be found here.

7. Bike ride

If you both have your own bike and enjoy riding this will be a great date. Why not explore somewhere different for both of you, that will make it much more fun and you will both get a great sense of adventure.

If you don’t have your own bike, don’t stop there are many places around the UK hire them.

I recently visited the new forest for example and there were plenty of places to hire a bike.

8. Walk London

Why not plan a good walk in London. There are plenty of books that detail good walks and also act as a guide on your journey, picking out points of interest and providing suggestions on great pubs you should visit.

In the early days of a relationship, its best to walk in public places and you are certainly going to get that in London. Once you know each other much better you can move on to hiking in the countryside!

9. Pretend to be a tourist

Visit somewhere as a tourist, it could be a country house, a park, a museum or a planetarium. Enjoy learning new things, seeing new things and more importantly experiencing new things.

Plus most attractions these days have great cafes, which you can stop at whilst you are there. If you are close to London then this is a really easy thing to do as there are 1,000’s of tourist attractions in the City.

10. Go banger car racing

This is the motorsport where they can and do bash into everyone! It’s a great spectacle, really exciting and unlike F1 there is lots of overtaking.

11. Go to a sporting event

Why not go and see a sporting event, it might be tennis at Wimbledon or the O2 arena, 20/20 cricket at Lords, a football match. Enjoy the experience and have fun shouting for your favorite team on the day.

12. Visit a zoo

Everyone loves to watch animals of all shapes and sizes as they are so much fun! It’s a great excuse to be able to relive those childhood memories.

Plus with so many animals you will have plenty to talk about. London obviously has a great zoo but there are plenty more scattered throughout the country.

13. Try a painting class

Why not try a painting class together? You don’t even have to be any good at it to make it fun, in fact, the worst you are the funnier it will be.

If you don’t want to ruin an art class, why not have a go yourself, all you need is some white paper, a few pencils, some paints and a great view to paint!

Go on explore that inner artist, most people also find art is very good at destressing.

14. Go bowling

It’s a great activity that anyone can have a good time doing. Even if you are no good it doesn’t even matter.

Just have fun having a go. You can even put a silly bet on it which is not dependent on the score, like the one who gets the most gutter balls wins!

15. Karaoke

If you’re both into your singing why not head to a Karaoke bar and sing the night away. Certainly not an activity you want to do if one of you doesn’t enjoy singing!

Also, try to stay clear of romantic duets such as “My heart will go on!”

16. Live music

Why not go and watch a band in a bar. There are plenty of gig night around, they are usually fairly inexpensive and who knows you might spot the next big band!

17. Pool

Why not find a pub with a pool table and have a go at pool! It’s an easy game to have a go at and you don’t have to be all that good to still have a chance of winning.

In London, there are several “pool bars” where they have the slightly larger American Pool tables which are great fun!

18. Ping Pong

Similar to pool tables, bars are now beginning to introduce ping pong tables. There is already one in London and I’m sure the trend will catch on!

19. Darts

Again on the same theme as the two above, why not go to a bar with a dartboard. There are several different games you can play on a dart board, so challenge yourself to something new and give it a go.

20. Board Games

Either take a board game to a pub, or play it at one of your homes. Go for a “nostalgic” one from your youth, such as mouse trap, buckaroo, boggle etc.

If you don’t own one you can usually pick one up from a charity shop pretty cheap.

21. Challenge yourselves to complete a jigsaw

No I’m not talking about a 20 piece jigsaw, go for a 500 piece jigsaw and have a go at completing it in an evening. Depending on how difficult it is, you might have to leave it unfinished and come back to it the next night!

22. Dance class

Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but why not give dancing a go? It will be fairly relaxed and you should have a laugh trying to learn the steps. There is no such thing as two left feet! Buy guys just try not to step on your dates toes too many times!

 

So there you have it, our list of 22 fun first or second date ideas!  So have you tried any of these? Have we missed any from our list.

Leave a comment below to tell us where we have gone wrong!

 

We have some other great blog posts which you can read here:

Top 10 most romantic restaurants in London

Should you plan a first date?

 

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Top 10 most Romantic Restaurants in London

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Here is our list of the top 10 most romantic restaurants in London.  Great for date night.

We wouldn’t suggest visiting one for your first date, but perhaps 3 months in or for a special anniversary.

1. Berners Tavern

It’s a very glamorous affair eating at Berners Tavern. It has a huge lobby bar which is absolutely stunning.

The vast dining room has an ornate ceiling, very low lighting, and lively bar area. It really is the ambiance that makes this restaurant one of the most romantic in London.

The lighting itself is so low in fact it can make reading the brilliant menu very difficult!

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2. Bob Bob Ricard

A great place to go if you want to sprinkle some fun on the date (and remember if you’re associated with fun that is really going to help you secure that partner!).

There is fun everywhere you look, from the 20’s decor to the little touches, like a “press for champagne” buzzer in every booth. This place will continue to intrigue and impress and be a real conversation starter.

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3. Claude’s Kitchen

Set above a pub, it might not sound the most romantic place to go. However, don’t be put off by that!

The atmosphere is terrific, the staff are efficient, warm and welcoming and that palate of the chef is extraordinary.

It really is a relaxed place to go and will not break the bank in the process.

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4. Clos Maggiore

If you are looking for a romantic setting, Clos Maggiore has it all. From the wood panel lined dining room, to the beautifully appointed conservatory.

Our favorite area is the conservatory, with the blossoming trees lining the walls, to the stone fireplace at the far end. It is a real visual treat, which serves excellent food.

It’s well worth a visit. We have been there several times for the pre-theatre menu which is excellent value, the al-a-cart can be a little on the expensive side.

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5. The Delaunay

Grand European cafes have provided the inspiration for the decor. It has green leather banquette seating, dark wood, brass rails and a black and white marble floor. The service is brilliant and the food simply sublime.

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6. Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

This group is well known for some of the classiest and beautifully turned out French restaurants and this one, being their first is no exception.

The food is classically French, with a little Italian twist. The dark chocolate wood paneling and globe lighting make it feel intimate and relaxed. You will never go far wrong choosing to eat at a Galvin restaurant.

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7. Hakkasan

Here you will get classy Cantonese cooking, it sets a high benchmark for Chinese restaurants that few manage to reach.

Already with a Michelin star, it as you expect serves great food. The interior is modern and well presented, if you’re looking for a classy Chinese restaurant then this is it.

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8. J Sheekey Oyster Bar

Have you ever tried Oysters? Would your date think it was a fun idea? If you have never tried and want to experience London’s finest then head here.

It’s a beautiful restaurant, which shouts French from the street side where large red canopies overhang the street edge. Go on be adventurous give them a go!

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9. Momo

Still, London’s most glamorous Moroccan restaurant, Momo attracts a fair smattering of beautiful people alongside couples on special dates, hen parties, and business types.

The soundtrack of classic Maghrebi beats and attractive young francophone waiting staff create a seductive buzz. Sexy Marrakech-style interiors, sparkling with light from intricately latticed mashrabiya-style windows and ornate metalwork lanterns, add to the allure.

Tables are small and tightly packed, but somehow this rarely seems an imposition.

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10. Darwin Brasserie

This all-day brasserie near the top of the Walkie Talkie offers jaw-dropping views of London – and it’s much quicker to book a table here than wait for your turn in the Sky Garden (man, that waiting list is huge).

The menu offers accomplished yet anonymous dishes of the sort you find in high-end business hotels – but that’s not to say it doesn’t all taste delish.

You pay through the nose for this view, so first consider how desperate you are to see the whole of London at once, in miniature.

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So there you have it our list of the 10 most Romantic Restaurants in London.  Did we miss any? Are there some others you have been to?  Why not mention them in the comments below?

 

To get ready for your date you might also want to read some of our other blog posts:

Should you plan your first date?

Avoid awkward silences: Questions to ask on the first date

 

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