Why should the UK’s capital dating be different from anywhere else in the country? The singles who are seeking relationships are doing so for exactly the same reason as those in Liverpool or Bristol. But the city has certain attributes which make it unique. Its sheer size is one thing. London is a vast metropolis, home to over eight million inhabitants. Visitors can sometimes be overwhelmed by this scale. If you are not used to it, there always seems to be a constant hustle and bustle; people seem to be forever rushing around, thronging the thoroughfares and navigating the tube system.
But what are the main ways in which dating in London differs from the same activity elsewhere?
You’re often spoilt for choice
There is simply so much to do in this bustling city it is sometimes difficult to arrange an actual date. It is relatively easy to set the ball rolling when you communicate with someone interesting on a dating website. But the moment you decide to take your relationship offline and investigate one of its many romantic locations, it is often difficult to synchronize diaries. There is nothing wrong with having a lot of options to choose from, but sometimes you can be overwhelmed. When you’re faced with literally hundreds of venues, restaurants, cafes, theatres or any other number of possible date locations, you are also having to contend with busy personal schedules. In many ways, attempting to get a new partnership off the ground can seem like trying to arrange a business appointment.
London is so cosmopolitan
One aspect which does not affect daters elsewhere to the same extent is the fact you have every likelihood of bumping into someone who is not actually a native of London. Because it is such a financial and cultural hub, people gravitate to this location from the four corners of the globe. You may well find yourself arranging a date with someone whose first language isn’t English. This in itself is scarcely an issue, as the language of love is universal. But what happens if you find yourself strongly attracted to this person only for them to announce they have to return home? That sultry foreign accent that was once such an aphrodisiac will suddenly loom large in your thoughts when big decisions need to be made about your future together.
Londoners are often married to their careers
Everyone is aware of the hectic traveling facing so many of London’s citizens. We’ve all seen the TV footage of those incredibly cramped tube trains spiriting commuters all around the city from 6 o’clock onwards as they head off to myriad places of employment. There always seems to be a constant activity of people heading into their offices or shops. In between all this action, they must still somehow manage to find time to focus on leisure activities, whether that’s attending their local gym, or touching base with friends. It’s no wonder dating can sometimes seem like an added burden on their time. So if you do find yourself in the position of dating a Londoner, be prepared for the fact they may not be looking for anything serious. Their business schedule might not accommodate a steady relationship and they are only ever looking for no strings attached fun.
There are further drawbacks facing anyone dating a Londoner. Because there are so many eligible individuals strolling around these streets, the restless nature of the city’s inhabitants means no matter how earnestly your current partner appears to be devoted to you, they may well be keeping one eye open for other options.