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To celebrate London Cocktail Week we have devised a list of romantic cocktails available at some of our favourite London Cocktail bars. If you are looking for an aphrodisiac, try one of these!

Love Potion No 9 – London Cocktail Club

An amorous concoction of Bombay Sapphire gin, Spanish desert wine, pineapple and lemon.

Kilner Me Softly – Callooh Callay

Santa Teresa rum served in a wood smoked jar, mixed with a Coca-cola reduction, Fernet Branca and Bitters.

Mile High – Steam & Rye

Pampero rum, Honey syrup, lemon and bubbly.

50 Shades of Wray – Portobello Star

Wray and Nephew, whipped up with sparkling grapefruit soda, a kiss of passionfruit, then spanked with grenadine and finished with a pearl necklace of passion fruit seeds.

Once Loved – The Shop NW10

Kraken dark spiced rum, coco lopez, pineapple juice and crème de abricot (served in a vintage milk bottle).

Passionate Rose – TGIFriday

Havana Club 3 year old rum, Bols Creme de cacao and rose syrup shaken with lime juice, fresh passion fruit and passion fruit puree.

Deja Vieux for Two – Nola

Rye Whiskey married with Courvoisier Exclusif, Sweet Vermouth and Benedictine and a dash of bitters.

Valentino – Hawksmoor

Nikka 15 year old, Chocchi Torino, triple sec, cherry juice and orange bitters.

Harmony Royale – Milk and Honey

Cognac, maraschino, strawberry, lemon

Between the sheets – Artesian

Remy Martin VSOP, Plantation 3 stars, triple sec, lemon.

The Sweetest Sting - The Jam Tree

Appleton Estate VX Jamaican rum, vodka, elderflower cordial
and raspberry jam muddled with lime juice and a sprig of mint leaves.

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Being a single parent is hard work, not only do you have sole responsibility for your children, but it is likely you have 101 other things you have to split your time with. You may be a single parent juggling a number of small children between work and/or school, or you may have grown up children who have flown the nest or are already responsible for themselves, other than the school gates or the supermarket, where are you supposed to find the time to meet someone new? Online dating is a cheap and accessible form of meeting new people. You do not have to be online at the same time as someone to chat so it can be a great way to fit around your busy schedule.

The first step is to take the plunge and get yourself out there. Signing up to an online dating site and writing a profile can be daunting, this is why we highly recommend getting a close friend or family member to help you with; choosing photos, writing down your hobbies and interests, describing yourself and writing messages. This can be stressful enough to make you give up, but take your time, be honest, ask for help and if you need more guidance, read our previous blog about writing an online dating profile.

How often you use the dating site is going to be relevant to your success, you may find yourself overwhelmed with matches and messages, or you may be finding it difficult and unsure of what to search for yourself. We advise taking a short time out of your day, up to an hour whenever is best for you, to check your messages and reply or send requests. Many sites also show other members how recently you have been active on the site, a person who actively uses the site is going to be a more attractive option than someone who clearly doesn’t log on and check their messages. If you spend hours trawling through users you will become bored and users’ profiles will end up looking the same. is designed as a platform for people who may need a bit of help getting into online dating so we know it can be a difficult first step. Nominate someone you trust to help you by asking them to be your matchmaker, so they can help take away some of the stress of searching and make suggestions for matches whom you may not have considered. 

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As a celebration of matchmaking we spoke to single mum KT Valentine about her new book, Dispatches from the Dating Zone.

What inspired you to write Dispatches from the Dating Zone?

Along time ago someone told me that some of the best writers are the ones that write about what they know. Whether that was the case or not, it got me thinking about everything I’d been through over the years and how I could draw on it for inspiration. 

I've been a single mum for almost 12 years now and over time, I've tried all kinds of ways to meet a man,  from standard internet dating to speed dating, all with mixed results. At one point I found myself wishing that I could hand over the responsibility and hassle of finding someone nice to date to my nearest and dearest, which in turn got me thinking about what could and would happen if I did. Putting pen to paper, ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’ was born. 

I think if you've been on the dating scene for awhile you can sometimes get a little dissilusional (ok, more than a little) and either through desperation or defeatism you just stop making the right choices for yourself. Not good looking enough. Delete. Too short. Delete. Not smiling in his profile picture. Delete. The reasons to not get in touch with the numerous matches staring back at you from your computer become ridiculous and practically throw away. Whereas, family and friends would look at those men with a completely fresh pair of eyes and perspective. The amount of times my own mother has told me she knows me better than I know myself sometimes!

So you can imagine my sheer excitement and delight when I stumbled upon - a real life dating website that incorporated the very premise of my book but removed the embarrassment of actually having to go around asking each of your friends and family in person to set you up on a blind date. And the icing on the cake is that you have an extensive source of potential matches for your matchmaker to review. No exhausting a local and limited source of single men known to your friends and family before they start scraping the bottom of the barrel, as in the case of my books main character, Fleur Summers, causing unfortunate and hilarious consequences. With a new spin on the tried and tested internet dating, isn't it something all us singletons owe ourselves to try?

What’s your debut book about?

Having exhausted all the conventional ways to meet her ‘Mr Right’ (and because now she really is a little bit desperate), single mum Fleur Summers turns to her well-meaning, but eccentric friends and family for help.

From ‘Man Mountain’; an engineer who eats everything in sight and tall dark handsome Tom with big hands but no idea how to use them, to the mysterious and brooding Henry Austin. Dispatches from the Dating Zone follows the trials and tribulations of Fleur’s journey as she works her way through a number of eventful blind dates, all in the name of finding true love.

The story focuses on love, friendship, parenthood and dating and is primarily a romantic comedy with a side order of raunchiness thrown in for good measure.

Dispatches from the Dating Zone by KT Valentine is available to buy now for 99p at

KT Valentine has given us 1 signed copy to give one new Matchmaker. Sign up to get your hands on the copy!

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Trick or Treat your loved ones this Halloween!


Our top date ideas for this Halloween, but are you going to Trick or Treat your loved one?




Thorpe Park Fright Nights – On selected dates during October and November Thorpe Park turns into a scary town full of horror themed mazes and moonlit rides. ‘Pretending’ to be scared makes a perfect excuse for getting closer to your date.




Hotel Chocolat has created a range of absolutely delicious spooky Halloween treats. Our favourite is the Halloween H-box collection which contains yummy but perfectly themed treats such as oozy eye truffles and beastly spider bites.




The London Dungeons call themselves The Home of Halloween, they tell us to expect darker, scarier and altogether more twisted behaviour from a cast of history’s most notorious characters. Book the tickets in advance though because it will definitely sell out, and it also means you’re less likely to talk yourself out of going... not that you’re scared or anything.




Boo at the Zoo – London Zoo is always a treat even when they’ve kitted themselves out in Halloween decor and introduced activity zones such as the ‘Bat Cave’, and ‘The Owl Emporium’.




The Shiva Halloween Ghost Ship Party – A spook-tacular boat party on the 1st November from 9pm til 1am, fancy dress is encouraged and if you really want to go the extra mile they also provide an after party until 6am.




Lola’s cupcakes are an ideal treat no matter what time of the year and they have made them even more relevant with their selection of Halloween themed cupcakes!




A number of cinemas are holding Halloween specials – our favourites are Hot Tub cinema and Popup Screens both of which are showing a range of spooky films around Halloween. PopupScreens Notting Hill has gone all out so you have to navigate your way through a scare maze before you can find your seat in the haunted screening room.




A horse-drawn ride in Richmond Park. This is an amazing spooky treat for a loved one! Go on an hour long evening trip through Richmond Park while you hear about the history and ghost stories relating to the park and a Victorian murder case which was only very recently solved.




Twisted Circus at Indigo O2 – bring a date to a night of tricks and scares and surprises from the talented and bizarre performers, p.s fancy dress is compulsory!




Selfridges’ new Winter Rooftop restaurant for dinner and cocktails is a must! We love the sound of the hot choc-tails which are perfect for the cold evenings!




The Ghost Bus Tour! A London tour with a difference. Onboard, actors and technical trickery combine to create a complete scare tour experience. An eerie conductor provides the commentary for this tour, which explores the haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the skeletons in the capital’s cupboard.


Trick and treat?


Hoxton street Monster supplies have created a box of earwax.... trick! It is actually cubes of mouth-wateringly delicious clotted cream fudge!

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Because of our heartfelt story we’re firm believers in giving someone the gift of love. Love is in the air (literally) for us this week. We're dotting “gifts of love” attached to balloons across London. The gift balloons symbolise our story which is to “Help someone find love.” Find a gift around London and you can follow a QR code to watch our launch video, where we celebrate a Matchmakers role in helping someone find love, we believe it is the greatest gift of all. See if you can spot one!

It may sound a little cheesy, but the truth is everyone likes to meddle a little, especially if it leads to you being the proud Matchmaker behind a love story! Have you ever had someone say to you, “I’ve met someone you would LOVE, I’m going to set you up!” Well that’s what we’re encouraging. For a lot of people, searching for that someone can become a bit of a burden and Internet dating can be daunting. We hope to take the pain out of online dating, by letting Matchmakers set up their single friends, family members and even co - workers. What’s great about matchmaking on datemy is the singleton can sit back whilst their Matchmaker does the hard work for them. They write their profile, search, make matches and even set up blind dates. We like to think of it as the online version of traditional matchmaking.


So if you’re slightly hesitant, or even if you don’t have time for online dating, you might find that a great alternative is to get someone to do it for you! Handing it over to your nearest and dearest may pleasantly surprise you. You’ll find that they know you better than you think. That’s the great thing about all of our members; their profiles are honest and heart warming introductions. No clichéd descriptions or misleading photos in sight.

At the moment datemy is welcoming Matchmakers of all kinds, from sister-in-laws to sons, to siblings, to colleagues and it’s great to see. We’re championing the Matchmakers out there to put their Matchmaker hats on and help someone they know find love! | Help someone find love

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