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Date night: Dinner in a shop

Every week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out - and it's on us! We sent Michael and Rebecca on a blind date, but did they click?

By Eddy Frankel

The venue: Dinner and drinks at pop-up restaurant Back in Five Minutes.

The couple: Michael (29) works for an NGO and lives in London Bridge. Rebecca (33) is a management accountant who lives in Crystal Palace.

First impressions

Michael said: ‘My first impression was “Shit, I’m late!” But my first impression of Rebecca was “Wow, massive hair!” In a striking way. She was very pretty, but she’s not the kind of person I’d normally find attractive at first glance.’

Rebecca said: ‘At first I thought: Oh, he’s tall! I try not to judge people by just looking at them. He’s not really the kind of person I’d normally find attractive. I do like tall guys, and he was the right kind of tall. I just wasn’t initially attracted to him.’


Michael said: ‘The date was fine. We stayed quite late but there probably wasn’t much chemistry, and you can’t fake that. At one point she pulled a cucumber out of her handbag. She was looking for her phone and thought she’d found it, but it was a cucumber.’

Rebecca said: ‘He’s an interesting guy, he does some Brazilian martial arts dance thing called capoeira, and that’s on my to-do list now. Oh, and I pulled a cucumber out of my bag instead of my phone! It’s because I have a daughter who likes cucumber.’


Michael said: ‘We just got on the train and went home afterwards. I had to ring her phone so she could find it, so we do have each other’s number, but I don’t think that counts as an exchange.’ 3/5

Rebecca said: ‘We had good banter, but I don’t think there was a romantic spark. We talked for the whole evening, so at least we had things in common. He’s a nice guy: I’d recommend him to someone else.’ 3/5

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