Valentine's Day may be a load of over-commercialised tosh, but for single people, it's also an annual reminder that nobody likes them and that they have to buy their own bunch of red roses, box of Malteasers and all other red-coloured things.
Sure, it's probably too late to bag a date for this Sunday (unless you quickly change your Tinder bio to read: 'Free to hang this Sunday? Anyone?'). Thankfully, London's coolest speed-dating crew Last Night A Speed Date Saved My Life are on hand to hook up singletons all year round.
Hosted most regularly at The Book Club in Shoreditch, and also at The Cat & Mutton on Broadway Market and The Proud Archivist in Haggerston, LNASDCML is one of the city's most-loved speed-dating nights, which we put down to the cool, creative bunch of single people it attracts and the fun, chilled vibe on the night.
The premise is similar to other speed-dating events: around 20 boys visit the tables of around 20 girls and are given just two minutes in which to hit it off. But thanks to the friendly hosts, LNASDCML is relaxed and not awkward. It's basically like going to those friends' birthday drinks where you know no-one else.
But it's not just the relaxed, non-smutty vibes that LNASDCML boasts. Before everything kicks off (the speed-dating, that is – the drinking started hours ago), the hosts are keen to highlight the event's successes – and rightly so. LNASDCML is accountable for an impressive amount of new couples, cohabitation and even an impending marriage. Impressive, right?
Last Night A Speed Date Changed My Life takes places at The Book Club on the first Monday of every month. The next event is on Mon Feb 29 and you can buy tickets here.
For more upcoming LNASDCML events, visit their Facebook page.
(Image © The Book Club)