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Feeling sceptical? Fair enough, this might be your first time dipping your toe into the online dating pond! But here’s an interesting fact for you to indulge in; in the modern world, single people are twice as likely to find that special someone on the Internet as in real life. So I guess rather than get all dressed up and hang around your local bar waiting for love to appear, we might as well take some photos in that stunning outfit and start up an Ourtime profile!

The beauty of dating as a senior is that you know what you want after possibly a few experiences in love. Ourtime works as a great and effective dating site for all senior members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the UK. Once you log on, the search engine uses filters which allow you to narrow down your search results by specifying your desired partner’s profession, age, gender and location.

As a London-based senior single, you may be looking for somebody to scroll down Exhibition Road with and marvel at the inspiring exhibitions the galleries have installed. On the contrary, you may be looking for an artsy craftsy type to draw and learn pottery with or perhaps you’re a sporty spice looking to romance in the great outdoors come rain or shine. No matter your personality or preferred type, Ourtime caters to an array of single queer seniors open to love, friendship or whatever emotional flow comes your way.

Here is a list of dating ideas for London-based senior lesbian singles which will meet a diverse array of moods and interests.

The Dinner Date

Nothing beats a good chinwag over a delicious meal in a candlelit restaurant. It truly is a timeless atmosphere and if there’s any city that promises diverse cuisine, it’s London.

Ida’s, Kensal Rise, North-west London

This cosy spot transports you to a charming Italian trattoria. Buried on a residential road in Kensal Rise, the menu changes seasonally but always promises fresh, homemade and delicious dishes. The tables are adorned with flowers in small glass vases and candles, the lighting is sombre yet warm and it creates the perfect environment for a romantic evening full of conversation and laughs.

Seven Dials Market, Central London

Only a ten minute walk from Tottenham Court Station this larger than life indoor market will tickle every fancy. From coffee and brunch to drinks and/or dinner, the indoor market allows you to order food and drinks from a diverse array of stalls. The demographic is diverse with all sorts of people of all ages and backgrounds celebrating food and London culture under one roof. There’s even a bookshop hidden downstairs behind the pizza stand!

Mildred’s, North, Central and East London

With branches in Camden, King’s Cross, Soho and Dalston, this all vegan chain is killing it all over the UK’s capital. From a ‘cheesy’ nacho platter to burgers that taste like real beef but better, Mildred’s creates a casual yet enchanting environment welcoming all types of foodies. Booking this restaurant for a veggie or vegan match will show you are conscientious about their lifestyle and even if you’re both meat eaters it’s always fun to branch out and try new things – demonstrating your adventurous side.

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The Culture Date

So you’re looking to get intellectual and inspired on your date? London is famed for its incredible exhibitions which celebrate culture from all over the world. Attending an exhibition with that special someone is a great conversation starter and a great way to give them an insight into your interests. It also promises a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. Here are a few great exhibitions currently on show in the capital.

Amy: Beyond the Stage at The Design Museum, Kensington

If you think you’ve read or heard everything there is about the great Camden born jazz singer, think again. Explore Amy Winehouse’s career at this exhibition, curated in partnership with The Estate of Amy Winehouse. Get a glimpse at the woman behind the music with Amy’s notebooks, early recordings, personal items and handwritten lyrics. Also on display are outfits from her most-celebrated performances, as well as her guitar. The Estate of Amy Winehouse will waive its right to royalties in favour of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Helen Levitt’s Landmark Retrospective at The Photographers’ Gallery, Oxford Circus

It isn’t often that a late-photographer dominates a gallery with such an extensive body of work, but the late Helen Levitt’s rich photographic practice — charting her journey from street reportage to documentary filmmaker and pioneer of colour photography — does just that. Spanning two floors and encompassing more than 130 works, observers are privy to a palpable sense of the quiet desolation felt by many Americans in the mid-nineties. Chronicling New York’s local communities, recording the theatrics and flow of the everyday in the Lower East Side, the Bronx, and Spanish Harlem, Helen’s work encapsulates a visceral sense of bleakness which played out on the stoops and streets of the city.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at the Tate Modern, St. Paul’s

Tate Modern was due to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a year-long Kusama exhibition in 2020. The original display was delayed, but this glittery show finally kicked off in 2021. The centrepiece brings Kusama’s famed Infinity Rooms to the capital, with a rare opportunity to step inside two of her immersive works: Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, one of her largest, and Chandelier of Grief. The experience is nothing short of other-worldly, experiencing each room with only one or two other people, the infinite images created by a small room, a chandelier and several mirrors is truly untouchable.

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The Active Date

For shyer types, sports activities are sometimes the best type of date. The game becomes a great conversation starter and can ease any social awareness or feelings of anxiety. Good game!

Putt in the Park, West London

This charming – and rather unknown – spot in west London’s Acton Park (behind the overground) promises a nostalgic and romantic mini golf date. Accompanied by a pizza restaurant, bar and coffee house, the trail is exciting and delivers the right balance between fun and competition. Get those hips a-swinging!

Make Your Own Breakfast Bowl

Not so much a sport but still an active venture, this is the perfect pottery class for two where you can make matching bowls for the kitchen. The workshop uses coils of clay to build up a shape in sections.

Your teacher, Odile, will demonstrate each of the stages and you’ll spend the workshop making your own breakfast bowl that can be smoothed, textured or decorated with the pattern of the coils themselves. At the end of the workshop, you’ll choose one of the studio glazes for your bowl. The clay and glazes we use here are strong and durable, so your finished pieces can be used just like everything else in your kitchen and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

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The Hip Queer Date

Wanna get down with the youngsters? As you should! Age is just a number and who says that the older we get the less fun we want to have? London boasts an array of exciting bars and events that cater to queer culture. Here are some trendy mentions sure to impress your date.

She

Located in the heart of Soho, She is the capital’s only venue created specifically for lesbians. The beauty with this place is the diverse range of moods it offers from after-work drinks ro DJ sets. With a chic interior design and impressive attention to detail, She is an elegant and stylish club designed with the lesbian community in mind.

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall

This pub has a long, proud history as a party destination for celebrities, drag queens, and the great and good of the LGBTQ+ community, with the site’s first drag shows dating back to after WW2. More recently, in 2015, it became the first building in the UK to gain Grade II-listed status on the basis of its importance to the LGBTQ+ community, and throws some of the city’s best drag events to this day. Their Tuesday night Bar Wotever is especially popular amongst the lesbian crowd but still attracts a friendly mix of individuals.