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on Thursday, 13 February 2014
Valentine's is almost upon us and for a young single girl in London it can be hard to avoid all the loved-up couples.

My friendship circle is almost exclusively made up of couples now (one couple even has a baby and a mortgage!) and I'm getting somewhat fed up of the "oh you'll find someone don't worry" comments. So when an email invite to a dating party landed in my inbox I thought, why the hell not.

DoingSomething is a London based online dating forum. I know. Online dating? I'm only 23. Surely no need for drastic measures just yet. But happily DoingSomething claim to be to dating site for people who 'don't do' dating sites, so I shelved my scepticism.

The idea is you book onto an experience, be it ping pong on top of the O2, a Supperclub or in my case a party at the top of the Shard in the Ice Bar, and mingle with the hope of bumping into someone nice.

Being the lone single person in my friendship group I bravely (or stupidly) decided to go it alone without a wingwoman. My plan was to get in, grab a (large) glass of Dutch courage and sit in the corner somewhere until said Dutch courage had kicked in and I was ready to mingle.

Getting to the top of the shard I found there were no seats. Anywhere. At first I panicked. "Oh my God," I thought. "Nowhere to hide!" This, be it intentional or not, was really quite a clever plan as it forced me, and other attendees looking for love to mingle from the off.


A tad nervous at first (indeed the fact the security guard started chatting to me was a sure sign I need to make a move and start mingling) once I got chatting it was quite fun. I met a guy (possibly just claiming) to be a brain surgeon, another who was already in love and just came to see the view and many more.

The only downside is judging from the girl to guy ratio, they don't police numbers so of course there were far more girls than guys. On top of that I did spot the odd couple arrive (I mean it's a singles party don't rub it in!) Nonetheless, I actually had a really fun evening. And the best thing (although I know before I even say it makes me incredible sad) it finished at 10, which for a Wednesday is a perfectly acceptable time. We do all have work the next day!

As the lights came on and I got ready to leave, the guy I had been chatting to asked for my card. So who knows, maybe love, or at the very least a date, was found at the Shard.

Melonie Clarke
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