Do You Want Fries With That...Baby?

By Rob Last edited 167 months ago
Do You Want Fries With That...Baby?

Londonist has to admit to never having been speed dating, but increasingly it seems like we're the only ones.

The press has been full of stories all year about young women are outnumbering blokes in the capital right now (638,000 women to just 586,000 men at the last count) and there's even an acronym to describe the single and the desperate: L.O.S.T. (in London on their own, single and twenty something).

So it stands to reason that if there's 50,000 women out there, 'on the shelf' as it were, someone somewhere is going to be making money out of it.

There are between 10 and 20 speeddating companies in London right now, and they cater for all tastes: Asian Londoners, Jewish Londoners, gay Londoners, Muslim Londoners, Christians, toy boys, sugar daddies, salsa dancers, white men who think they're black...ok so we made that last one up, but only the last one, all the others do exist.

And the latest company to jump on the bandwagon is Burger King, who will be hosting their first Speed Dating event at the BK restaurant on Regent Street this Saturday evening where all the 'Chav Burger Daters' will be entitled to a complimentary Spicy Tender Crisp Chicken Sandwich Meal.

Now, Londonist could never be accused of being 'body conscious', but we do know that we don't exactly look our sexiest when we're cramming fast food into our mouths. And we defy anyone to look smouldering while trying to open one of those tiny sachets of Heinz ketchup.

But, you never know, it might take off. And if there's any Londonist readers out there who would like to attend the event on our behalf and report back then please do get in touch.

In the meantime we are thinking of starting our very own 'no frills' dating service where customers will be asked to congregate round the back of the 24 hour garage on the high street after the pubs close. You will of course be expected to bring your own industrial strength cider.

Last Updated 08 December 2004