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Londoners reveal the places they go to make friends

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Whether you’re new to the city or you’ve been here all your life, we could all do with a few more mates. But where to find them? Well, start by heading to nice, relaxed places where actual Londoners hang out – you’re unlikely to meet your new platonic soulmate in the queue at Madame Tussauds. 

From the pub with a northern vibe to a friendly vintage shop, we’ve persuaded some locals share top spots for making new mates.

Shawlini, 28

‘There’s a nice mix of people at Flat Iron Square. The bao are great too.’

Jay, 27

‘The Bhakti Yoga Centre in Walthamstow is good. It makes great vegan food.’

Rachel, 28

Peckham Levels hosts events and is full of people. Zen Yoga in Camberwell is more intimate.’

Ayo, 27

‘I went to uni in Manchester, where it’s super-friendly. The Star of Kings pub has that feel.’

Mehdi, 22

‘At exhibition openings, at the Truman Brewery and 180 Strand, you can share ideas.’

Juliette, 24

‘Traid in Dalston is a vintage shop where everyone tries on clothes and swaps things.’

Ebold, 20

‘Heaven is probably London’s friendliest club. You never feel alone there.’

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