The sun is supposed to be coming out this week, but if you’re single there’s no need to worry about spending your hot summer nights alone. Each month our resident dating expert Charly Lester rounds up the most original dating events in London.
Friday June 5
Bored with normal speed dating? Try this rather random mix of yoga and drinking. The yoga class is specifically designed for singles and includes pairs postures, hand holding and eye-contact. Awkward? Possibly. It’s followed up with a drink in a pub. You might need one after this. The Albany Club. 7pm. £15.
Saturday June 6
Learn how to make fillet of sea bream with a broad bean, pea and feta pesto, tutored by chefs in the know. This event is for singles in their late twenties and thirties, and also includes a dessert. Who knows, love could simmer over the stove. L’atelier des Chefs. 6pm. £34.95.
Tuesday June 9
Love a good piece of meat? This is the dating night for you. Burger chain Haché aims to find a way to your heart through your stomach by plying you with welcome drinks, and mini burgers, while you speed date. Vegetarians need not apply. Hache, Clapham. 6pm. £30.
Tuesday June 9
The premise is simple, if a bit odd. Sleep in the same t-shirt for three nights running, whack it in an airtight bag, and then take it along to the party. The pongy pouches are left on a table and guests can take a long, hard sniff of them any time during the night. Smell someone you like? Take a selfie with your fave one. The organisers then project the photo on the wall, and if the shirt’s owner likes the look of you, he or she will find you for a chat. The Book Club, Shoreditch. 7.30pm. From £8.
Wednesday June 9
Move your love life into the fast lane at this high adrenaline singles event. As a team you’ll get an hour on the track, with the opportunity to race the electronic karts at up to 40mph. Who knows, if your photos haven’t been working on Tinder, maybe a helmet could be a helpful accessory? Team Sport, SE16. 7.30pm. From £27.
Saturday June 13
To celebrate World Gin Day (yes, that’s an actual thing) SpeedDater is offering a brief history of drinks in 90 minutes. Described as ‘Top Gear for booze’ the evening includes six tasters, in a restaurant full of singletons. Basically, get drunk and flirt. Done. Moo Cantina, Brick Lane. 4pm. £29.95.
Tuesday June 16
Speed dating with added smarts! Avoid the normal awkward questions by spending four minutes discussing your favourite books. Nordic, Oxford Circus. 7pm. £21.
Wednesday June 17
Nothing breaks the ice quite like being locked in a room with a group of strangers! A must-do event for fans of ‘The Crystal Maze’. Escape Hunt, Bank. 6.30pm. From £24.
Tuesday June 23
Ethically minded singles can connect with other daters who give a damn about fracking at this screening of the award-winning independent documentary ‘Unearthed’. Tickets include a complimentary drink. Corbet Place, The Truman Brewery. 6.30pm. £12.
Sunday June 28
Pink Lobster appreciate how hard it can be to spot another femme or lipstick lesbian, just by looking at her. And so they created the UK’s only femme for femme speed dating event. No judgments, no stereotyping and no preconceptions, just an elegant evening at a glamorous venue. SHE, Soho. 6pm. £14.95.
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