Most Romantic Spots in London for a Date

elan londonStill on the theme of Romance and London – well it is almost Valentine’s Day!

London is a stunning and vibrant city, offering a plethora of entertainment venues, tourist attractions and eateries. But even in London, deciding on a suitable location for a date especially that all important first-date can be a difficult decision. What is your idea of a good date?- Busy or quiet and intimate? Laid back or action-packed? All can be found in London, you just have to know where to look. Here are just a few examples of what London has to offer.

For many, the obvious choice for a first date is a trip to a wine bar or similar – it allows time to get to know each other in relaxed surroundings, and doesn’t come with the same time restraints as a sit down dinner.

There are many great bars in London but why not try a swanky cocktail bar in one of the city’s many luxury 5 star hotels?  Try The Dorchester, The Ritz or the Connaught for world class cocktails and decor which is sure to impress.

If you’re looking more something a little more low-key and relaxed, Ruby’s in Dalston is quirky and offers an original style and a number of traditional cocktails on the extensive menu – you can pre-book a candlelit table to ensure your night goes exactly as you have in mind, by beating the nasty queues.

If food is more your thing, and you want to really get to know your date over food, wine and candlelight, booking a romantic table for two can save you from the worries of cooking, and allows you more time to spend getting to know each other. Try one of the many Michelin Starred Restaurants in London, Our favourites are Petrus, Hakkasan and Maze.  Scott’s in Mayfair is always a great hit too.

Day trips with your date can be great fun but even more of a daunting task to plan;  but in London there are so many options to choose from. A personal favourite is a trip to Hyde Park, ensuring to remember to pick up a lovely picnic (from Fortnum & Masons)  and to hire a rowing boat on the Serpentine – an intimate and romantic setting guaranteed!   And if you want to go even further out of central London, take a trip to Richmond Park and enjoy the tranquil setting, while maybe catching a glimpse of one of the many deer that thrive there.

Second dates should be tailored to learn even more about your date – you will win them over by really showing them you have listened to them; if they mentioned they enjoy history, take them to the Tower of London, they have never seen the impressive views from the London Eye, book a private pod with a bottle of chilled champagne!

The most important thing when choosing a date is to consider what you already know about your date, and take advantage of this. This will really show them you care and let them know you are interested and interesting, which in turn, will spark their interest in you.

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Romantic Theatre Dates in London


elan londonA trip to the theatre is always romantic: the chance to share a special moment, to discuss your feelings and to find out more about your “date” in the rarified atmosphere of London’s Theatreland, whatever the subject for the actual performance.

But what if you want to crank it up a notch? What if you want more from your show of choice than just an interesting diversion? There is a lot of romance in London at the moment so let Theatreland give your next outing ‘a deux’ a little extra!

We have been scanning the listings looking for love and we’ve found it. So, as Valentine’s Day approaches, use our fun “Romance Ratings” system to find the best show for your next date.

The Bodyguard
Romantic plot-line: Music Diva is used to getting what she wants but when she falls for her personal bodyguard she comes to realize that the answer is not always found in a power ballad
Our Verdict : a dramatic musical moved along by the greatest hits of Whitney Houston. Heather Headley gives an outstanding performance in this romantic thriller.
Romance Rating :  ♥♥♥♥♥

Singin’ in the Rain
Romantic plot-line : Small time chorus girl meets successful silent movie star and they dance their way to love.
Our Verdict : If you loved the MGM musical starring Gene Kelly you will love this feel good show. Perfect for an old fashioned romantic!
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥

Top Hat
Romantic plot-line : Successful singer, Jerry Travers, meets his match in wise-cracking society girl Dale Tremont… or will ‘loathe’ turn to ‘love’.
Our Verdict : Outstanding choreography and set design take you back to the golden era of Astaire & Rogers: the perfect, silver screen couple.
Romance Rating: ♥♥♥♥

Rock of Ages
Romantic plot-line : Small town boy meets small town girl on LA’s notorious Sunset Strip in the late 80s where big hair, big rock ballads and big guitar solos are all the rage.
Our Verdict : If you met the love of your life at a Journey concert or still have Foreigner’s “I’ve Been Waiting…” pegged as your perfect “first dance”, then this is definitely your idea of a romantic night out!
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥

The Phantom of the Opera
Romantic plot-line : Young opera singer must choose between young rich Viscount and mask-wearing, dungeon-dwelling obsessive. Believe me, for her it’s a hard choice to make!
Our Verdict : The ultimate love story if (like us) you believe that love never dies
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥♥

Mamma Mia!
Romantic plot-line : It’s all about planning a beautiful wedding set on a Greek island, but will the couple actually say “I do, I do, I do”? The sun always shines on this Abba-tastic musical.
Our Verdict : You will both feel like you’ve had a much needed injection of Vitamin D during this vibrant, feel good show.
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥

Les Miserables
Romantic plot-line : It’s love at first sight between Marius and Cosette, but he is unaware of the passion poor Eponine has for him which leads to tragic heart-break.
Our Verdict : The tangled love triangle will leave you with tears in your eyes but the rousing musical score will leave your heart full of love.
Romance Rating:  ♥♥♥♥♥

Shrek The Musical
Romantic plot-line : Angry green ogre falls for beautiful princess who is hiding a huge secret from everyone. Romantic sub-plot of love-sick fire-breathing dragon falling for wise-cracking donkey. Warning: don’t risk it if your date is touchy about their green complexion and sticky out ears.
Our Verdict : Lots of fun from the characters in fairy book land. This feel-good musical will leave you with a BIG smile on your face.
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥

We Will Rock You
Romantic plot-line : Two strangers are thrown together on a quest to find the mighty axe of a great and hairy guitar god. Can they break free and become the champions of the Rhapsody world?
Our Verdict : Hard hitting rock numbers from the legends that are Queen with a witty script penned by comedian Ben Elton make sure that our stars find somebody to love!
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥

Kiss Me Kate
Romantic plot-line : Divorced couple are set to appear together in Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”. Can they put aside their differences to order to make the show a success?
Our Verdict : Magnificent Cole Porter score includes “Another Op’ning, Another Show” and “I Hate Men” but just like Shakespeare’s original, everything works out in the end… if only we could say the same about West Side Story? Completely different matter!
Romance Rating : ♥♥♥♥

Whatever your show of choice, whether you are treating someone to a Valentine’s Day surprise or working out the perfect first date destination, London’s Theatreland (including Eros himself) is the perfect place to come. And don’t forget the pre-theatre dinner or post-theatre drinks, the perfect time to discuss the show and how you both feel.

Guest Author: Simon Harding runs, part of a suite of sites that promote breaks featuring destination-unique events and attractions. He also recently wrote London Theatre and Theatre Breaks, a downloadable guide to getting the best out of London’s Theatreland which you can get for free at Here.

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The History of Matchmaking

matchmaker,elan londonMatchmaking is far from a new phenomenon, and has a long history as an integral part of several cultures throughout the ages. From arranged marriages to dating agencies, matchmaking is a popular choice to find a partner, and has been throughout history.

The first professional matchmakers are thought to have appeared in the 1600s: In Britain, the first so-called ‘dating agencies’ were run by Parish Vicars, in an attempt to match their parishioners to others of a similar class. This continued for several centuries, allowing single churchgoers to escape the stigma associated with being single at an older age. This practice led to the first dating agency not run by the church to be opened in London in 1825. Although the service was no longer run by the church, the focus of uniting individuals of a similar status in society remained.

In traditional Chinese and Japanese cultures, professional matchmakers, sometimes called a Nakodo, are used to deem if a young girl is suitable are ready to be matched to a man for marriage. In Japan, meetings between potential partners are known as ‘Miai’, a word often translated as an arranged marriage. Many argue that this cannot lead to a loving a fruitful marriage, but the Japanese are likely to reject this idea, saying that meeting through a Miai can develop into a loving relationship, but at the same time may not lead to marriage.

Matchmaking is a longstanding tradition in Ireland too, with a matchmaking festival being held every September and October in a town called Lisdoovarna. The tradition originated with tourists flocking to the town in the late summer months to appreciate the mineral springs in the area. This has developed into Europe’s largest single’s event and is attended each year by more than 40,000 people, some in search of love, and others simply in search of a good time.

Traditional Jewish communities have professional matchmakers known as shadchans that arrange meetings called shidduch between prospective partners. This practice is believed to comply with Judaism’s views that relationships between men and women should remain modest. Matchmaking is also deemed especially important in the smaller Jewish communities where the chance of meeting someone suitable to marry is somewhat limited!

In Hindu communities, matchmaking is based on ensuring prospective partners have compatible horoscopes.

Many of the traditional ways of matchmaking that were once used are no longer as popular as they once were. However dating has evolved in such a way that it is estimated that more than 20 million people use dating sites each year, with this number continuing to rise. In today’s era, with both spare time and money limited, using an Introduction Agency  has taken over the role of traditional matchmakers as well as the dating agencies that first opened their doors in the 1600s – proof that matchmaking is very much relevant and up-to-date for us today! Even more radical means of matchmaking are the various TV shows that pair off couples, such as Blind Date and more recently, Take Me out, that have proven very popular.

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Merry Christmas & a Very Special 2013!

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Please note: Our London Office will be closed from 24 December 2012 and re-open on 2 January 2013.

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How Internet Dating has been duping Daters

A very disturbing expose by Channel 4 revealed that users of internet dating sites are often duped into paying more money by employing staff to pretend they are members.

They also revealed that they randomly add members to numerous other unsuitable dating sites without permission.

We have always said that even though internet dating has produced some happy relationships, for the vast  majority, it is somewhat disappointing in that it is rife with people who are not as honest as one would hope.

We obviously ensure that all of our members are who they say they are and are totally genuine in their desire to find a long term partner.  To arrange a consultation, please contact us.

Read the Channel 4 News article here…

How to Kill the Chance of a Second Date Using Social Media

There’s been a bit of a hoo ha recently over ill considered tweets from and about some well known figures.  But some of us not so well known twitterers should also be careful what we tweet about.

Here’s a story we were told recently by a friend… a lady meets a guy at a business event and they get on great!  They spend most of the evening chatting to each other and all the signals were there that both found each other attractive.

They both agreed that it would be an excellent idea to see each other again, perhaps over dinner.

The lady in question was not really into social media but, having been stung by a past relationship, she thought she would ‘Google’ the guy she met.  Up came his twitter feed and so feeling like a bit of a sneak, she read it.  It was after all there for anyone to see.

What  she saw determined their future right there. He was boasting to his followers that it was best to leave people wanting more, ‘Just like I did last night’ (wink wink) Oh dear.

There is a flip side to all this in that, all though unpleasant to read, the lady probably saved herself some heartache down the road, so maybe its a good idea to let people have free rein on social media platforms – but you never know who may be reading it….

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