Top 5 London Date Night Ideas

Top 5 Autumn London Date Night Ideas

Autumn is the perfect time to get out there dating, let’s face it, it’s that period of time between summer soirees and the inevitable winter hibernation. It’s the perfect window of opportunity to get out, meeting new people and love life potentials for a spot of romancing.

London is a great city full of hustle and bustle, but sometimes we can be stuck with so many options for date places, we wouldn’t know where to start to find a nice cosy spot to snuggle up and spark some great conversation with that special someone.

Take a look at these top 5 suggestions in order to make that all important date count…

Pergola On The Roof London
Pergola On The Roof – Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ
Despite seating for 600 people this romantic spot will make you feel like the only two people on this rooftop. With two bars and self-service food from fab restaurants across the capital, this venue has the feel of cool along with casual. Free to attend but obviously food and drink not included, you can book if there are groups of four or more; so great for a double date too if you want to bring some friends along.

Gordons Wine Bar London
Gordons Wine Bar – Embankment, 47 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
Established in 1890 you must, must, must visit London’s oldest wine bar! Most certainly a romantic and ambient spot in London. Gordon’s looks after its customers very well, not only in terms of service and setting but its ever so extensive wine list. If your date is a lover of wine or great ambiance then this certainly is the place to go. Passed down through generations of the Gordon family, this wine bar isn’t going anywhere. Perfect for a first date…

Heron Tower Duck & Waffle
Heron Tower Restaurants – Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY
Taking your date to great heights, to whisk them off their feet. Ensure you both dress to impress! Drop in for a cocktail in the bar at Duck & Waffle or perhaps a spot of wining and dining in Sushi Samba if you’re looking to whisk your date off their feet! Heron Tower never ceases to amaze, with its great food, great atmosphere and indulgent date night views. Enjoy!

St Katherine Dock London
St Katherine Dock – St Katharine Marina, 50 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA
Tucked away just yards away from The Tower of London and the gorgeous Tower Bridge, St Katherine Dock is a beautiful little hideaway where you can grab a drink or two or a spot of dinner. Home to Gloriana, The Queen’s Rowbarge, you will find that this corner of London is quaint, quiet and perfect for meeting up with that certain someone.

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The Shard – 32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
If you head up The Shard in the London Bridge Quarter you must take your date to the viewing gallery, on a clear day you can see all the way out to Greater London for up to around 40 miles! Apparently The Shard offers London’s best view (and I don’t doubt it) situated on floors 68, 69 and 72. You will find an array of fine restaurants with bars, I have often found live acoustic music, which is the perfect setting for an unparalleled date with that potential.

Wherever you decide to go for your autumnal date night, London is a beautiful city with lots to see and an awful lot to do whatever your budget and interests. Get out there and make the most of meeting up with your match before it gets a little too cold. Happy Date Night!

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Ex-Files & Old Flames – Why Isn’t It Easy To Say Goodbye?

Ex-Files & Old Flames – Why Isn’t It Easy To Say Goodbye?

Saying Goodbye

The most compelling reason people continue to hold on to an old relationship is the fact that they have a shared history. The person who might be an ex-partner has a sense not only of who you are, but who you were with them and during your time together. To then say goodbye to them can also feel like saying goodbye to who you were during your relationship!

Things that can keep you hopeful, even if you aren’t happy right now, is the possibility that something will change and the good times you once shared and the positive aspects of the relationship will resume.

Another thing that can keep the glue between you from completely giving way is if one of you wants to hold on more than the other. When this happens the one who isn’t ready to finally end it might persist with calls, emails and texts, which can increase the doubts the other might feel as well as any guilt feelings he or she might have about ending the relationship in the first place.

The partner who wants to continue to be together might also make assertions that they will change whatever behavior may have led to the unhappiness between you. They might even start to do it, which can make the other person stick around with the hope that the negative behaviors will disappear completely. As a result a couple can often seesaw because even small changes can increase optimism and give someone the stamina they need to be willing to try to give it another shot.

In the case of a betrayal, when the initial and intense anger diminishes, there can be a willingness to give the person a chance to rebuild your trust. Also, when there are children involved there is often a desire to keep the family together for their sake. That can be one of the strongest driving forces of all. Whatever the case, certainly if a lot of loving feelings remain it is hard to imagine life without them in it.

The question becomes, how do you know if you are wasting your time, holding on with the hope that the happiness will be rekindled or the bad behaviors will change when there is the chance that neither of those things is likely? How can you know how much time to give it before reaching the decision to finally call it quits? Are there any strategies to employ for ending a relationship?

If you are moving forward with the intent to give your relationship a try and see if things can work out, it’s good to be clear about what specific changes you are looking for and how long you are willing to wait to see if they actually take place. For example, if you are looking to see if you can trust your partner again, the only real way to do that is to give them enough time to show through their actions that what they say and do is worthy of your trust. However if months go by and you continue to be disappointed because the promised changes aren’t happening, or they have happened once but were never followed up on, that can be a good indicator that things aren’t really going to be different from what had been upsetting you all along, and if you want to be happier it is time to let go.

If married or in a long term relationship you or your partner could look for counseling, which can help you either get your relationship back on track or help you reach the difficult decision that it really is time to say goodbye to each other!


Relationship Advice from Dr Jane Greer

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October American Women Looking for Love Casting

October American Women Looking for Love Casting

October American Women Dating Cating

October Films, an independent television production company based in London and New York, are producing a new documentary style dating series for a major US network. This new series will follow American women who are looking for love or who have already found love outside of the United States. Following courageous ladies who have made the decision to find their future husband in a far-away land.

“Can’t find the man of your dreams in the US and think he’s overseas waiting for you?”

Be On TV with October Films. They’d like to follow you on your journey, meeting your man for the first time, learning about a different culture, and hopefully see the relationship blossom into love, and eventually marriage!

Email the casting team:  love @ With your name, age, contact number, location and a current photo. Applicants must be aged 28-38 and be a US resident.



Improving Relationships Through Intimacy

Improving Relationships Through Intimacy

Facing Therapy

Single? Or perhaps you’re in a relationship? Perhaps it’s fairly new, or maybe you’ve made it work and have graduated to long term status? Congratulations! Either way, if you’re being totally honest with yourself, is there something missing? Maybe everything is fine and you just want to make it a little better?

In terms of your relationship, what’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word intimacy? All too often, in all its varied names, sex, making love, banging, this tends to be the answer that shoots out of the barrel of our mouths and leaves bullet holes in a word that holds so much more potential.

We live in a world of polarity where there’s two sides to every coin, so let’s cash in and take a closer look at the word intimacy.

There is a very intimate part of us all that is full of a joyful innocence, it’s the inner child. That pure, sweet, beautiful part of us that is at the innermost core of us all. No matter how big and tough life’s made you, how grown up you believe you are, that’s the real you!

We’re all just a bunch of kids living in grown up bodies trying to find love and make the best sense of the world from what our years have taught us. Sometimes it’s the wrong life lessons that stick! We can build trust issues, hide parts of ourselves that were previously rejected. But the truth is if you want more intimacy with someone, you have to be willing to be more vulnerable, more trusting, more playful, more innocent in your interactions.

The word Intimacy comes from Latin roots, which boils down to a core meaning of familiarity. If you are missing something in your relationship, could it be that you are not familiar with your partners innermost self? Or perhaps even your own innermost self has gotten a bit lost along the journey of life? Buried under all this yucky adult stuff like responsibility, bills, bad habits, for the sake of convenience, unfulfilling jobs and all the other crap that goes with it.

We can get bogged down with routines and all too often end up taking each other for granted. We get complacent and then wonder what happened to ‘the spark’ between us.

Well those who play together, stay together. Any two people can have sex together, lets be real here, that kind of intimacy can be found with a few clicks and swipes of an app these days. But when you learn to love and play together from a state of innocence, that’s the most magical intimacy you and your partner can create. It will work wonders for the long term health of your relationship and for you both as individuals within that bubble.

Even if you’re currently single try to connect more with this part of yourself to bring beautiful changes to your life.

Gülie works as an energy psychotherapist, helping people overcome their intimacy issues using emotional freedom techniques, incorporating massage therapy.

Article by Gülie Ismail
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The Uncertain Path from Getting Engaged to Getting Married

The Uncertain Path from Getting Engaged to Getting Married

Wedding Engagements

Sometimes it isn’t such a clear path from getting engaged to getting married! For some people, undertaking such a big change and lifelong responsibility can cause people to question their choices and judgment, basically asking, did I make the right decision?

That concern and insecurity can trigger their fears and hamper their ability to moving forward. As one partner might be looking to be more involved and connected than ever, the other partner might actually be pulling away and become less available, spending more time elsewhere and possibly even dabbling in activities that can cause jealousy and trust issues. These actions can often be more of a statement of the trepidation that becoming engaged conjures up, rather than a reflection of their true feelings for their partner.

If this happens to you, whether you are on the side of needing more space or the side of wondering what is going on with your fiancé, the most important thing to do is have a conversation with each other to explore the feelings that were triggered by this huge, Uncertain event.

Leave room to talk about misgivings and insecurities, even if that is difficult, so that at least you have an opportunity to express your concerns with the hope that they don’t weigh you down and pull you apart permanently. It might also be helpful to seek counseling to address whatever might be getting in the way of your future happiness. Talking to someone about this can help you determine if you jumped into the engagement prematurely, and the best thing to do would be to postpone the wedding or even walk away, or if it is just a temporary setback that can be fixed.

This is a way to work through the tough time and have a better understanding of each other, know you are able to share your fears and conflicts, and perhaps move toward a happy ending.


Relationship Advice from Dr Jane Greer

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Be On TV – Meet The Parents Dating Show Casting

Be On TV – Meet The Parents Dating Show Casting

Meet The Parents

UK TV channel ITV is producing a new dating show called Meet The Parents to be hosted by Holly Willoughby.

So if you’re single and looking for love? They’re looking for fun, outgoing singles PLUS their families to take part in their brand new, UK prime-time dating show!

Applicants must be over 18 years of age. To apply send an email to: newdatingshow @ with your​ name,​ age,  telephone number, a recent photo, and a little about why you’d like to take part in the show.

Current last date for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th September 2016 (this may be extended without notice at the Producer’s discretion). Audition/casting period: Monday 9th May – Friday 9th September.


Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani – Unexpected Love

Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani – Unexpected Love

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stafani

Country star Blake Shelton revealed that his current love, Gwen Stefani, was “the last person” he expected to have his back after his divorce from Miranda Lambert. They’ve only been together for six months but already he’s crazy about her! This is a great example of a couple finding love when they least expect it. Sometimes when you aren’t actively looking for it to happen is exactly when love may find you.

When you are getting over a betrayal or heartbreak, it is hard to imagine yourself in another relationship. At that point the last thing you want to do is take a chance and risk being wounded again by someone else. But if you can trust yourself in turning to someone who is supportive and there for you, not only can you start anew, but it’s even possible that a new romance could blossom.

It can be difficult to talk about what you’ve been through and share your pain with a friend. A lot of times people want to shut down, and are not always comfortable reaching out and asking for support. They might feel embarrassed, humiliated or unsure about trusting that the friend won’t gossip about their story and private thoughts with someone else. However, you may find that in expressing your situation to a friend and giving them the chance to offer empathy, you might begin to feel understood in a way that makes all the difference in the world.

The tendency is to shut down when you’ve been hurt, but letting yourself remain open can become the first step in the process of healing. They’re able to see the best in you and help bring out that side of you, so that you can move forward feeling stronger and better about yourself. This is a key element of falling in love, which is being made to feel valued, terrific about yourself, desired, and, especially on the heels of losing all that when you are dealing with a break up, it can be an elixir of the heart. In fact, Blake was quoted as saying Gwen saved his life. There is no underestimating can feel lifesaving.

While you may have only seen this person in one light, strictly platonic, that can shift as your circumstances and interactions with each other change. If that does happen, it can be a bonding experience and bring you together in a way that feels like a gain, where before you felt only lost and alone. With this in mind it can be positive to share your emotional pain with someone, rather than remaining closed off and keeping the heartache to yourself. It’s natural to feel vulnerable if you suddenly find yourself being drawn to this person after everything you’ve been through, but it is worth it to let the relationship go forward.

Blake and Gwen recently sang a duet together on The Voice called, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.” Blake explained that they chose that title and the words to go with it because they are smart enough to know at this point that all relationships will have ups and downs. So why not just put it out there? They’ve been through it before, and they know there will be good and bad ahead, but right now they are so happy they found each other and they will deal with what’s ahead.

While Blake and Gwen are singing about it, it is equally beneficial to talk about it. Though it can feel scary, being involved in this relationship, facing your fears and acknowledging your insecurities can actually make you stronger. While you want to protect yourself and might typically look to keeping these feelings private, if you can instead be honest and genuine with someone you feel has your back, who knows where it might lead you, maybe even to a new love.


Relationship Advice from Dr Jane Greer

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