London. Dating

I Mistook Friendliness For a 'Come On'

Chris Rooney | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Rooney

My colleague Jess and I were in the pub talking to Michelle, our head of communications. It was her leaving do and many of the senior managers were there. Needless to say, enthusiasm was compulsory. She was being prompted to our New York office and we were learning about her move. It was a long winded tale of logistics and house-hunting, but we listened attentively.

Top Three Sloane Ranger Dates

Nana Wereko-Brobby | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nana Wereko-Brobby

Who doesn't love Chelsea? Well, a lot of people. However, for hot dates there are a few things working in its favour. Namely, very good looking surrou...

A One-Sided Date With the Inquisitive Guy I Couldn't Say No To

The Guyliner | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

I thrive on flirtation on dates; it's the plutonium I need to get me to the end of the night. From him, however, there is none. Usually I'd put this down to nervousness or shyness, but that's not the case here. He exudes a kind of bland confidence; he's not brash or assertive, just, well, a bit boring.

A Late Starter of a Date With the Guy Who Quickly Made Up for Lost Time

The Guyliner | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Punctuality is the politeness of kings, my grandmother always used to say, and while I'm not particularly regal, I do believe the least you can do on a date is get there on time. 'Fashionably late' is a flawed, dangerous concept. One man's height of style is another's fashion faux-pas. You mustn't leave anything to chance.

A Riverside Date With the Saintly Guy Who Was My Good Deed for the Day

The Guyliner | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

It's 7.30pm, it's a Thursday evening and I am sitting scratching my name into a wooden table outside the Queen Elizabeth Hall while my date enters his twentieth minute talking about his job. Oh, this happens. The problem with asking people what they do for a living is that they tell you.

An Awkward Date With the Guy Who Gave Me a Serious Case of Déjà Vu

The Guyliner | Posted 04.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

It becomes clear why I don't fancy him at all, why the fireworks failed to materialise - he looks like me. Like, spookily. His hair, the same kind of dishwater brown and even greying in similar spots as mine, is styled as if he used me for a mirror. I'm on a date with myself.

Three Winter Warmer Dates in London

Nana Wereko-Brobby | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Nana Wereko-Brobby

The desire to hibernate is overpowering at the moment. It's becoming much harder to cross the threshold of your doorway, let alone play the part of alluring sex symbol on yet another drinks date.

The U-Turn

Nicola Six | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Six

"Put on some high heels and a short skirt and come and meet me. The party needs livening up" he texted back, seemingly oblivious to the concept of feminism. And so I did. (I don't actually own a 'short skirt' but figured a nice pair of tailored shorts wouldn't disappoint.)

A Toilet Trauma and Some Soho Therapy

Nicola Six | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Six

A quick social media scan tells me that the Beau is on holiday with the 'beautiful family' from whom he continues to pretend he is estranged. He'd got quite courageous in the weeks leading up to it, calling me on weekend lunchtimes to say he "happened to be in the area".

Rooftop Rampage

Nicola Six | Posted 04.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Six

A confession: The Beau is back on my radar if not yet in my bed. My head is ruling that I shouldn't go anywhere near the lying, married, double-exclamation mark-loving ratbag but my ego is shamelessly loving that he still cares enough to pursue me after several weeks of me blanking him at every turn.

Tale of the Tape

Nicola Six | Posted 03.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola Six

I lay back, hungover and in faint despair. When did dating get so ridiculously complicated? And do I really care enough about either of them? There's playing hard to get and just plain unavailable. Maybe it's time to step back and just take a little time out for myself.

The Truth About 'Awful First Dates'

Julia Scirrotto | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Julia Scirrotto

Awful First Dates is not a treatise on why all the single ladies should just throw in the towel, and it manages to strike a surprisingly hopeful note in the end. Because even in the face of such eye-watering miseries, there's always a chance that the next date will be better.