It can be a little daunting if you arrive in a new city and don’t know anyone…or maybe you have a few friends here, but nothing compared to the gang you’re missing at home. Never fear! There’s loads of people in the same boat and there’s something about London that brings all those not from here, together. It’s only natural to be a little nervous about how you will make friends in London when you first arrive, so I’ve put together a few starting points which should get your social juices flowing in no time!
Make Friends In London – Check out the TNT forum
TNT is a weekly free magazine written for foreigners, by foreigners, so if you’re looking to meet like-minded people, look no further. A lot of the readers are Australians and New Zealanders, so the magazine features a lot of information aimed at these groups. The forums have loads of people posting on them looking for new friends, travel buddies or even ‘friends with benefits’! Browse at your leisure, and check out the ‘desperately seeking’ section on the magazine each Monday as they publish the funniest posts from the week.
Go To The Pub
It’s not as scary as it sounds, I promise. We’ve all done our time as a newbie in London, and trust me, if you go perch yourself at a lively pub in a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night then you will definitely make some new friends by the end of the night. Start up a conversation with the bartender or anyone queuing at the bar for a drink – you’ll be surprised how friendly Londoners can be!
Start or join a MeetUp group
Meetup.com has a group for everyone, anywhere around the world. In London you can mingle with other expats, search for fellow foodie lovers in your area or start your own meetup group about anything that takes your fancy. It’s free to sign up and there’s literally thousands of groups so you’re bound to find one that suits.
CitySocialising is kind of like a dating site, but for finding new friends. It’s really taken off in London because it’s such a transient city with lots of people constantly coming and going. You can set up your own profile on your likes and dislikes, and what you’re looking for in your new found friends. You have to pay a small monthly fee after an initial trial period to attend events and message people, but it’s well worth it as there’s some really cool things organised through the site – from cocktail nights, 1920’s themed prohibition parties and afternoons at the football.