Bored of Bumble? Tired of Tinder? Grindr getting on your nerves? You could spend your summer trying to meet people in real life like it’s 1999 or something. Or you could try one of the three new dating apps that have launched in London over the past few weeks. Each one promises to narrow the field of potential suitors for you, but will you like the sound of any of them?
1. The League aka ‘The Elite One’
If one of your life goals is to be part of an industry-dominating power couple, The League could be the app for you. Originally built for Ivy League grads in the US, it’s now brought its high-flying values to London. The idea? Users are vetting before they’re allowed in. And only those that fit the bill in terms of education or career success are allowed in. Some might find this all a bit elitist, others might find it useful, we’re not judging here. Anyway, what is genuinely useful is the app’s functionality. Users are also only shown a handful of carefully picked potential suitors a day, meaning you’re not going to spend your entire life swiping.
2. Chappy aka ‘The One For Finding Mr Right’
People use dating apps for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes it can have frustrating consequences. You could be looking for a hook-up, while only meeting people who want a serious thing... Or, more often than not, you’re faced with a stream of people wanting hook-ups when you’re after the love of your life. Gay dating app Chappy solves that problem by letting users show whether they’re looking for ‘Mr Right’ or ‘Mr Right Now’ using a sliding scale, meaning you're only matched with people with the same intentions as you. It’s a genius feature, so it’s no surprise that the app – which has been co-founded by Ollie Locke from Made in Chelsea – has been backed by Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe.
3. Feeld aka ‘The One For Threesomes And/Or Finding Love At Work’
The League and Chappy might go some way to matching you with a person you might have stuff in common with, but no dating app narrows the field quite like Feeld. The app started off life as 3ndr, a Tinder copycat designed to help people to find threesomes. Now it’s relaunched with a new purpose: to spark intraoffice romance. You add the Feeld bot to in-office messager app Slack, tell it who you fancy and it’ll tell you if they fancy you too. (The creators promise not to reveal any info unless the feeling is mutual.) It could be useful or the most awkward app ever... it depends how much you fancy your workmates. You can still use it for threesome hook-ups too.