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Whether it’s to disconnect from the world for an hour or two, or just being able to enjoy a dessert without having to share it, sometimes one is the perfect number. But dining alone can feel lonely with just your phone for company. If you've got a hot date for one head to the Palomar, where you'll sit shoulder-to-shoulder with other diners. Having no-one to make eyes at as you tuck in means you'll naturally be more open to chatting to people you might not have noticed ordinarily. The chefs are always up for a chinwag, and they might even sling the odd shot your way too.
There's nothing like the old-fashioned thrill of meeting a stranger in a bar and instantly bonding over obscure documentaries or your favourite Bowie track. Flying solo? Make sure you don't miss a trick when you're deciding where to grab an evening drink. According to research released last year, London's singletons are hanging out at Old Street's low lit cocktail bar Nightjar, Mayfair's gin heaven Mr Fogg’s and traditional pub the Anglesea Arms in South Kensington. London's oldest wine bar, Gordon's also made the top ten list, perhaps because the only way you'll get a seat at this notoriously popular hangout is if you're willing to cosy up at a stranger's table.
Attend a talk
Talks are great for singletons. They involve minimal chatter (on your part) and are a perfect way to pass an evening while swotting up on something you're interested in. We've collected the best venues for talks and lectures here. The Museum of London is currently hosting a monthly season of London Salons covering a range of topics from 'memory' and 'protest' to 'play'. Not only will they give you plenty to chew over on your tube journey home but you'll end up with a bunch of interesting conversation topics to fire up next time you meet someone you fancy.
Learn a language
They say French is the language of love. Why not test that theory by heading to one of the many language courses this city has to offer? Franglish is a bit like speed dating but for language-learning. Participants speak seven minutes in French/Spanish and seven minutes in English before rotating to the next person. It's a fun, free event where you'll meet like-minded souls while checking out some of London's loveliest bars and pubs.
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