Seems everyone in London is taken, right? Wrong. Earlier this month, new research by the Office of National Statistics showed that the number of singletons has risen by 3 million in a decade! Islington is now the singles capital of Britain and in some boroughs of London, unattached people outnumber cosy couples and smug marrieds.
Where do we find them we hear you cry? We asked Lovestruck.com to help us track down the capital’s finest eligible ladies and gents and for some food date ideas. Here’s the stats – plus a handy fact about the borough so you can impress your date.
Recently named as the singles capital of London.
Number of singles: 57 percent of women and two thirds of men.
Islington date idea: Nothing beats a good old comedy gig and Islington’s Camden Head has stand-up comedians, old and new, gracing the stage every night of the week. What’s best of all: most gigs are totally free. Just get there early to avoid be forced to sit on your date’s lap for the night.
Random fact: Angel tube station has the longest escalators in Western Europe – perfect for that end-of-night lingering kiss.
Number of singles: 56 percent of women and 61 percent of men.
Lambeth date idea: Head to the Electric Social in Brixton for a great date night. There are German beer-style sharing tables, booths for more intimate chats, great food and a buzzing atmosphere with live music and DJs until the wee hours. Or if a daytime date is what you are after, go there, order the Sunday roast and settle down into one of their comfy armchairs for the duration.
Random fact: Former Lambeth residents include supermodel Naomi Campbell and famous diarist Samuel Pepys.
Number of singles: 55 percent of women and 60 percent of men.
Hackney date idea: You can never go too wrong when cute rabbits or baby ducklings are on show. Take a trip to Hackney City Farm and embrace your inner farmer for the day! There is heaps of stuff to get involved with and you can stop off at the farm café before purchasing some freshly made produce from the deli shop on site.
Random fact: Hackney’s Broadway Market is rumoured to have inspired Albert Square in ‘EastEnders’.
Number of singles: Single women stand at 53 percent, single men at 55 percent.
Camden date idea: Head to Primrose Hill on the north side of Regent’s Park. Take your own picnic or bottle of bubbles and admire the views over London, or fly a kite. This is a great place for celeb spotting, as many stars, including Jools and Jamie Oliver, Jude Law and Cara Delevigne live nearby.
Random Fact: The author Charles Dickens, who used to live in Camden Town placed various characters and places in his stories there, including Bob Cratchit’s family in a ‘Christmas Carol’ and the Micawbers in ‘David Copperfield’.
Number of singles: 52 percent of women and 57 percent of men.
Southwark date idea: Book tickets to a play at Southwark Playhouse. It’s wonderfully intimate and has a stylish bar on site for drinks before the show. The tickets are less than half the price you would pay for a West End show and with a varied programme, there is something for everyone.
Random fact: London’s first river crossing was from Southwark across to the City Of London.
Other big single boroughs include:
Hammersmith and Fulham: 56 percent have never married
Tower Hamlets: 55 percent have never married
Wandsworth: 54 percent have never married
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