The best things to do with friends in London

Need some friends? Charm potential chums with our guide to best things to do with friends in London

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You made a new friend! A pal for life, a Netflix buddy, a mate to date and shoulder to cry on – well done you! Better make sure they stick around then, huh? Luckily for you, billy-loads-of-mates, weve put together the ultimate ideas guide for things to do with friends in London. From the best restaurants for group dining, to pubs and bars with spaces to chat, from the newest events and nightlife, to the latest art exhibitions and theatre shows, charm your pals with the best things to do with friends in London – and make sure they stick around 

The best things to do with friends in London

Top ten events in London this week
Things to do

Top ten events in London this week

Got a mate date coming up? Here’s the latest London events

Ten best art shows in London
Art

Ten best art shows in London

From modern and fancy, to classical and serene, these will get your lot talking

London’s best clubs and nightlife
Clubs

London’s best clubs and nightlife

Whatever kind of party you’re looking for, London has a huge amount to offer

London’s best music festivals
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London’s best music festivals

You don’t need a tent or pair of wellies to get the full music festival experience

Top theatre shows on right now
Theatre

Top theatre shows on right now

London’s theatres are flooded with new shows, pick one all your mates will love

Ten new films you need to know
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Ten new films you need to know

Take a cinema trip with our favourite new movies out this month  

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Where to wine and dine with friends in London

London's best restaurants for groups
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London's best restaurants for groups

100 best bars and pubs in London
Bars and pubs

100 best bars and pubs in London

London's best coffee shops
Restaurants

London's best coffee shops

Best brunches in London
Restaurants

Best brunches in London

100 best restaurants in London
Restaurants

100 best restaurants in London

London's best Sunday lunches
Restaurants

London's best Sunday lunches

50 best cocktail bars in London
Bars and pubs

50 best cocktail bars in London

Where to find the best craft beer
Bars and pubs

Where to find the best craft beer

Need more friends? Here’s some ideas

We asked people to make friends with their neighbours
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We asked people to make friends with their neighbours

Who lives next door to you? We challenged five writers to find out. Quiz: You’re getting the lift in your block of flats when one of your neighbours gets in. Do you a) greet them by name and ask them over for a glass of wine later, or b) mumble ‘hi’ then look at your phone until the doors open? Let’s be honest, for many Londoners the answer is the second one. Time Out’s 2016 City Index survey showed that only a quarter of us are friends with the people next door. In fact, it’s a fair assumption that more of us know whether our neighbours like having loud sex on Sunday mornings (oi, oi!) than know their full names. The stereotype that Londoners are bad at human contact exists for a reason, but many of us do crave community. It’s just that we move so often and live such busy lives that befriending a stranger isn’t a priority. No wonder more than half of Londoners say they sometimes feel lonely. We challenged five people who’d never hung out with their neighbours to try and get to know them. Yes, it did cause a few painfully awkward moments – one of them was basically stood up – but they all said it was worth it. So, let’s use this Valentine’s Day to consider our relationships with the people physically – not just romantically – closest to us. And surely a cup of tea with a neighbour is healthier than a 30-minute chat with a stranger on Tinder? Kate Lloyd   Charlie on the left and Emily on the right     Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff meets her neighbour Emily Lives In an

Seven hilarious ways Londoners make friends
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Seven hilarious ways Londoners make friends

So why is it so difficult to make new friends in London? Well, according to one Reddit user it's because 'EVERYBODY in London is an asshole'. Charming eh? With rising rents, shitty landlords, low wages and power-hungry bosses, it's no wonder that even the best of us can get a little 'assholely' from time to time. It's not all doom and gloom, though. Some of Reddit's finest have set up awesome meetups and groups across the capital to help us lonely folk make friends – aww, how sweet! From drug-fuelled night outs to finding your next best mate on Tinder, here are seven ways Londoners stay #bffs4eva, as told by the city's hilarious Redditors.  1. Go to a meetup   A photo posted by moby XⓋX (@moby) on Jul 31, 2016 at 5:11pm PDT   Vegan club anyone?  Comment from discussion I am finding it really hard making new friends in London.   2. Try dating apps When in need of a friend, always rely on:  Comment from discussion Make new friends. 3. Take up sports Find your future bestie in a gym changing room... Comment from discussion How the hell do you make friends in this city?.      4. Join a club Sick of the wife? Here's your solution.  Comment from discussion How the hell do you make friends in this city?. AA jogging club anyone? Comment from discussion How can I make friends when I move to London? How did you?.    5. Drink, party and rock 'n' roll   A photo posted by Thalia Nika (@bythalia.n) on Jul 11, 20

London pals share secrets to staying friends
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London pals share secrets to staying friends

This Valentine’s Day we’re ditching the romance and celebrating friendship instead. Kate Lloyd speaks to six pairs of Londoners about their best pals and why they’re worth it.  Valentine’s Day is nearly here. London’s shop windows are overflowing with heart-shaped balloons and pink confetti. Come the weekend, every restaurant in the city will be packed with couples holding hands and reminiscing about the good times.  The thing is, our recent City Living Survey revealed that Londoners value good friends over true love. It’s not surprising. London is full of single people. The capital is home to more unmarried folk than anywhere else in the country. We work longer hours than anyone else in Europe. We struggle to make time to go to the gym, let alone fall head-over-heels for one another.  For many of us, dating has been reduced to swiping right on an app. We switch partners regularly, we see more than one person at the same time and often the people we’re having sex with aren’t necessarily the people we love the most. We’ll cancel on a date before cancelling on a friend; and, thanks to online dating, the stories behind how we met our mates have become, in some ways, more romantic than the starting points of our actual romantic relationships. You could argue that friendship is becoming more superficial – many of us have hundreds of ‘friends’ on Facebook – but research tells us that all it takes is three real friends to make us happy. Over the next few pages we talk to six pai

How to survive living with your best mates
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How to survive living with your best mates

Preserve companionship and avoid fisty cuffs

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