Published On: Wed, Aug 30th, 2017

Britons choose THIS spot for a perfect first date – but do you agree?


From quirky to relaxed, Brits are always looking for the best way to impress. 

And according to research, Briton’s favourite dating spot is their local pub.

A survey of 1,000 singles conducted by dating website MySingleFriend.com revealed Britons prefer relaxed and familiar atmospheres to get to know their dates.

Almost a quarter (23 per cent) of respondents said their ideal first date would be at the pub, closely followed by a dinner date (16 per cent).

TV presenter and MySingleFriend.com founder Sarah Beeny said, ideally, couples shouldn’t set up their first dates to last too long or endure too much pressure.

She said: “I always say this: treat your first meeting as a meeting to see if you want a date.

“The key to dating is being relaxed, so going somewhere familiar isn’t a bad thing and it’s a great way to dispel first-date nerves.

“It also shows you are laid-back and not trying too hard, which many people find very attractive.”

But dinner dates are also popular across the UK, particularly women with one in five listing going out to dinner as their favourite rendezvous.

“Meeting over dinner shows you are taking the dating game seriously by adopting a more traditional approach,” added Sarah. 

“Picking a cuisine where you can share food, such as tapas, is also a great way to break the ice.”

The third most popular type of date is the “activity date”, where potential couples can enjoy sharing a fitness activity they have in common, or a mere bowling game.

According to Sarah, focusing on doing an activity can take the pressure off the first encounter.

She said: “You may feel more relaxed riding bikes together or taking a stroll than you would sat opposite each other in a bar or restaurant.

“Activity dates set a fun tone and give you the chance to share your passions as well as the opportunity to get up close and personal.”

And one in 12 of those surveyed chose the less conventional “friend’s party” for a first meet up. 

While meeting at a social gathering is not what comes to mind when thinking of first dates, Britons have shown they are increasingly choosing this setting to impress their dates.

“MySingleFriend.com is all about social dating, so we agree getting to know someone in a relaxed, social setting could be a great start to something special,” said Sarah.

“People always used to meet new love interests at friends’ parties, so it can feel very organic. It shows they feel comfortable introducing you to their friends, and you can tell a lot about a person by how they interact around others.

“Turning up to a party where you don’t know anyone apart from your date is not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re game it can be a great shout.”

This article is sponsored content for mysinglefriend.com


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