5 Unusual ways to find love this Valentine’s Day
Give the swiping a miss this Valentine’s Day and venture out into the wide world to find your soul mate. We’ve been scouting around and have found some unconventional speed dating events where you might well just meet your match
If you think you’re a bit of a whizz in the kitchen and are keen to impress with your brilliant baking skills, head to Tooting’s Big London Bake at the legendary Castle pub. The baking event recreates the much-loved television baking contest, complete with the tent, baking stations, but sadly lacking Noel and Sandi. You’ll be paired up with your potential matches with plenty of time to mingle, and encouraged to unleash your creative side. A fun way to spend an evening, where finding a fellow baking enthusiast might just be the cherry on the cake.
Whether you’re a dancing novice or the type who owns their own pair of tap shoes, all levels of dancer are welcome at Swing Patrol. The classes run all over London and Brighton, and dancers can learn the Lindy Hop, Charleston, Blues and vintage jazz moves in a fun and social setting. Attend a beginner’s session and you’ll be given name tag and will enjoy a couple of lubricating drinks at the bar before dancing with half the room as you swap dancing partners throughout the night. Swing Patrol prides itself on its open and friendly atmosphere, so it’s a fantastic way to meet like-minded swing-loving people.
Naked speed dating
Stripping off in front of a prospective partner may initially strike you as extreme, but hear us out, there’s science behind the madness. According to the makers behind the hit TV series, Naked Attraction, the selection and attraction of a suitable mate is of fundamental importance to all species, and this Balham event models itself on this exact theory, reducing dating back to its base form where you think with primal animal instincts. This speed dating session takes place in Balham’s The Exhibit, and daters are given dressing gowns to protect their modesty before baring all.
This out-there speed dating event is based on the idea that you can make a long-lasting connection with someone without the need for words, and that it’s all in the body language. Daters are invited to play flirty games and engage in the senses such as eye contact and touch. This inevitably pushes you out of your comfort zone and stops you putting your foot in it with trivial and predictable small talk. Look out for events hitting Clapham’s Jam Tree in your quest for love.
Bond with eligible singles from across the capital at a special games speed dating event where you’ll unleash your competitive side. The evening sessions are set in a selection of hip south London bars, including the much-loved Northcote. Instead of your usual run-of-the-mill speed dating, you’ll go head-to-head and break the ice with a game of friendly jenga, accompanied by cocktails.