Free Blind Date in London – Dave and Emma

Free Blind Date in London

We sent Dave and Emma to London summer go-to spot, Pop Brixton for a life drawing session with London Drawing. They literally knew nothing about each other – not even their names. We caught up with them to see how they got on…

 

So, what did you think of your date?

He said:
I though Emma was great, easy to talk to, and as we had both studied in London for university there was some common ground straight away. Life drawing on a date was certainly a change from the norm and Pop Brixton was a nice venue – even if a little hard to find!

She said:
He was really friendly and made me feel at ease straight away. Attentive and thoughtful – a gent. Also very understanding about my lateness (somehow got lost finding the place)! 

 

What were your feelings about not knowing ANYTHING about your date?

He said:
I was a little apprehensive – which was to be expected, I think the greatest challenge was guessing who may or may not be your date before it starts! As it was organized completely blindly it removed some of the distractions which you can get hung up on.\

She said:
I was really nervous which is unusual for me before a date! Normally I’d have some idea of what to expect when meeting someone from a dating app, but this was the unknown and that was disconcerting! It was kind of nice to go in with no expectations though.

 

Did you find that as the date went along it was easier or harder to find things to talk about (in comparison to meeting via an app/online where you’ve already had numerous conversations about each other’s interests)?

He said:
Not knowing anything about Emma before meeting meant that I had no preconceptions. The conversation flowed and there were no awkward silences, it felt much more natural than trying to shoehorn a fact about something I had noticed in a profile on an app.

She said:
There’s always lots to talk about on a blind date as you literally know nothing about each other, and I think we were both fairly talkative so that helped!

 

Did you find you were evenly matched?

He said:
I did, I think we had quite a few common interests – luckily drawing was one of them!

She said:
Personality-wise I think so. He was friendly, funny and easy to talk to.

 

Did you enjoy life drawing with London Drawing as a date activity?

He said:
I enjoyed the life drawing, I had only done it a couple of times before, so I had an idea of what would happen so that made it easier on the date.

She said:
It was fun and a good way to break the ice, laughing at our attempts at drawing! Some of the exercises were a laugh – drawing without looking at your paper, drawing with the wrong hand… the results were pretty amusing! I think it helped that we’d both been to life drawing classes before so we knew what to expect.

 

Do you think it made the date easier or harder having an activity?

He said:
It’s never easy tying to draw left handed and not looking at what you’re sketching whilst trying to date! In saying that however, having something to talk about and directly comparing each other’s drawings was a fun way to interact. There were not too many opportunities to chat during the session whilst everyone was concentrating which made developing a conversation was a little challenging. In the break the conversation went well, and the time went by quickly. 

She said:
Normally on a first date I’d get to know someone over a drink without the distraction of an activity, and it did probably hinder the conversation a little as we were focussed on drawing rather than getting to know each other. But we were able to chat a bit beforehand and during the break, as well as the odd exchange during the class. I enjoyed the novelty of doing something different!

 

Aaaaaaand, million-dollar question – do you think you’re going to see each other again?

He said:
I find it hard to gauge people’s reactions whilst dating and I am not sure that I necessarily got any direct clues to suggestion that Emma would be up for another date. I would be open to meeting again, but I am not sure there was necessarily that romantic connection.

She said:
It was a fun evening and good company but I think for both of us it was platonic, so no, I don’t think so.

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