In many ways, London feels like the center of the cultural and social world. We’re a global nexus, with millions of visitors, both British and international, passing through annually. What does that mean for you? Mostly that London hookups are consistently fresh and exciting. There’s always someone in this city looking for a ride.
That’s true whether you’re in Shoreditch or out in Brent. With thousands of pubs and watering holes, getting laid is only a lager away. That is, assuming you’re at the right spot. While London hookup bars are plentiful, most pubs leave a lot to be desired. Or maybe you’re not the drinking type and prefer to meet partners online. There’s no shortage of options in that arena, but just like bars, there are more duds than winners.
In a city with more than eight million people, getting laid shouldn’t be challenging. You’re not out in Elmdon, right? We understand the frustration, which is why we’ve done something about it. With the insights of locals, we’ve assembled the definitive list of London hookup apps, sites and bars. There’s something for everyone here.
Whatever your preferences and kinks, you’ll be taken care of. Keep reading and let us know in the comments how our suggestions work out for you.
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Our favorite spots to find London hookups
Some people prefer to be coy about their sexual escapades. Not us. These are the London hookup bars, apps, and sites that will get you laid.
The Light Lounge may be the best place to find hookups in London
If you’re down in Soho, you’ve got no shortage of drinking establishments. There are some good ones, a few great spots and then far too many bars full of wankers. It takes a special kind of bar to walk the fine line between yuppie glitz and hipster cool, but one bar does it. The Light Lounge is a refined but unpretentious place to find hookups in London.
Most nights of the week, the Light Lounge is a hip cocktail lounge full of couples on dates. On the weekends, though, the DJs come out and this bar becomes one of the city’s slickest clubs.
Strangely, the Light Lounge isn’t open late (only until midnight), but that’s plenty of time to make a connection. Where you go from there depends on your moves.
AFF is the best hookup app in London by far (try it free)
If you haven't been using any sites or apps to find hookups around London you're going to miss out on a lot of great opportunities. A huge portion of all hookups start online and for the past few years, AFF has been the best hookup app in London, especially for single men.
There are a few other popular hookup apps, like Tinder, but they just haven't been as reliable. Tinder is turning into more of a dating app and the rest of the competition just isn't that popular. Compared to AFF, which has a ton of local users and over 60 million active members, nothing really comes close.
If you're a single man looking for something casual you need to check out their free trial below. No other hookup site has more women that actually want to do more than collect compliments for guys. If you haven't had a lot of luck on other apps (like most guys) this is the best option. Stop missing out on so many opportunities and check it out.
The best London pickup bars we've tried
If you’re not satisfied with the frequency of London hookups in your life, never fear. We’ve got a few more bars and apps to help you get those numbers up.
Eclipse gets London on their feet
In South Kensington, one bar and club has gotten London grooving since 2002: Eclipse. While there are multiple Eclipse locations, this particular spot draws out the biggest crowds. That’s exactly what you want if you’re on the prowl for a potential hookup in London. Come to sip a well-crafted martini and then get on the dance floor.
A big part of Eclipse’s success is that it caters to all types. The main bar is a sexy lounge with seating designed for getting close.
Outside, their patio is fantastic for summer evenings with friends or a sexy companion. Finally, there’s the nightclub in the basement where the crowds get sweaty. If you can’t have a good time here, you may be dead.
Opium is three London hookup bars in one
Opium in Chinatown is an interesting place, to say the least. We have to admit, we’ve known some people to hate it and others to absolutely love it.
In our ledger, we’ve had more good times than bad there, and we’re more than happy to keep going back. What makes Opium such an unusual experience is that it’s actually three bars in one.
Those three bars – Apothecary, Academy, and Peony – are split over two levels, each offering their own slightly different experience. We’ve had fun in all of their bars, but we do have a preference for Peony, it's the most stacked and probably the one that will get you laid in London (cause we did). Expect to wait, though, as Opium gets full fast and early.
Ruby’s is sexy and exhilarating
For a city with so many options for cocktails, it can be hard for one bar to stand out. Somehow, Ruby’s Bar & Lounge in Dalston manages to do it.
Open since 2012, this is where London goes for spectacular cocktails and romantic trysts. Split into an intimate cocktail bar and live music lounge, this spot has it all.
London hookups are like a fine cocktail: they’re all about mixing together the right ingredients. That’s what Ruby’s does. This underground establishment has a base of cool, a dash of club atmosphere, and a healthy pour of sexiness. Whether you’re looking for a secluded conversation or a wild dance party, Ruby’s Bar & Lounge delivers.
The best clubs for finding hookups in London
Nights in London are long "and fun," and you don't have to waste energy on choosing the perfect club. We made you a list of the best clubs to dance your soul out and find hookups in London.
One hard-and-fast rule for meeting girls is you have to actually be where they are. Late at night, that’s usually at one of these clubs.
fabric is London’s sexiest dance club
You can have the slickest pick-up lines and the freshest style, but in the end, ladies just want one thing. To see you move. On the dancefloor, of course. From time immemorial, guys and girls have expressed their sexual desire through the movement of their bodies. It’s primal. It’s erotic. And it’s still the easiest way to show a girl what you can bring to the bedroom.
At fabric, the long-running Farringdon dance club, the crowds come to blend together as one, enchanted by the music.
It’s a club designed by and for people who love the clubbing experience and want you to love it too. And it will be hard not to when you show up and see all the sexy London girls filling the dancefloor. For our money, there’s no better view in the entire country.
What makes a great dance club is, of course, the crowds and the music. fabric exceeds on both levels. In fact, the owners are music obsessives and have curated a sound system specifically designed to infiltrate your bones.
The result is one of the most sensual, mind-blowing club experiences we’ve ever had. There is no more invigorating experience in the city than Saturday nights at fabric. And that’s why it’s one of the best places to pick up girls in London.
Club49Soho is where hot London girls come to be seen
If Fabric is where London girls go dancing, Club49Soho is where they go to be (rightly) admired. This hip and stylish nightclub – “sophistication with a smile” as they say – regularly showcases London’s finest and fittest. Exquisite talent, every weekend. For the discerning gentleman looking to meet a hot date – long-term or otherwise – this is a top-rate establishment.
Set inside a Soho basement, Club49 gets busy on the regular. If it’s an option for you, we would advise you to call ahead and reserve the VIP service.
Not only will it provide a more luxurious evening, but it’ll serve as the perfect way to meet girls. See some pretty lass standing in her short skirt and long heels trying to get served at the busy bar? Invite her over to your table where she can enjoy the perks of being your guest. She’ll be very appreciative.
Not in a position to spend a few hundred pounds? Don’t worry, Club49’s parties are still among our favorite options in London for mingling with the city’s sexiest girls. So make sure to dress to impress and don’t forget to offer to buy a cocktail or two.
Best places to meet sexy London girls during the day
Sometimes the most attentive girls are the ones you're too lazy to say "hi" to. We know that day gaming is hard for some men, however, you will date more girls than you can imagine once you get used to the fear.
So, to encourage you to talk to more girls, we made you a list of the best places to find London hookups during the day. All you have to do is:
- Walk to the girl
- Say hi
- Stay calm no matter what
Coffee Island serves good coffee and pleasant conversation
For people who aren’t big drinkers or just prefer a calmer scene, a coffee shop is a favourite social outing. It provides the casual, welcoming environment of a pub but without the noise or rowdy drunks. So it’s much easier to have a conversation in a coffee house.
Located on Frankfort Avenue, Coffee Island is a delicious daytime diversion. With its menu of sweet and savoury snacks and their finely brewed coffee, this is an ideal day-date option. Or, you can bring a book, get comfortable in a corner and wait until someone pretty catches your eye.
Gymbox is for the (fit) birds
If you’re looking to get laid with the fittest of the fit London girls, head to the gym, obviously. So no location is going to have more toned and athletic ladies per square meter. You could probably stand to lose a stone or two also.
The best and biggest gym in London is Gymbox in Farringdon. This absolutely massive establishment has everything you need to get in shape and build muscle.
It’s also packed with beautiful girls from early in the morning until late at night. A membership to Gymbox is basically a ticket to the most physically attractive social scene in the city.
Bloomsbury Coffee House brews a sensual cup
The coffee house is a woefully overlooked location to make a sexy connection. Both day and night, the casual, welcoming vibe of a coffee shop makes for excellent socializing.
The possibilities for conversation starters are infinite and the relaxed mood makes everyone a little chattier. Try a smooth approach and you may just hook a new friend.
For our money, one of the best coffee houses in the city is Bloomsbury, located on Tavistock Place. It also has a cozy lounge with comfortable seats and quirky local art on the walls. It’s the perfect place to initiate a romantic rendezvous and, hopefully, get laid in London.
Other great spots to get laid in London
A 2020 study says that 22 percent of couples meet online. This means that most of your friends who claim to be singles forever are lying, and also means that at least three of every hot single has a dating profile.
For us, Tinder is the go-to app. It's so popular and won't break your budget if you decide to hop on one of its features.
Tinder can still be decent if you're pretty good-looking
If you’re anywhere between the ages of 18 and 40, you’ve almost certainly tried Tinder. This Millennial-tested, Gen Z-approved hookup app has greater name recognition than the Queen. We doubt you’ll find anyone at the University of London or the Royal Academy of Music who isn’t on it.
While it’s true that every Millennial has tried Tinder, not all love it. It’s one of the London hookup apps that’s easiest to age out of. By the time you reach 28, you’re already on the outs with Tinder’s main demographic. The app is very biased towards youth, as any user could tell you. Even more, though, Tinder is all about being bloody lush.
The men on Tinder who do the best are all in the top 10 to 15% of looks. Piles of money or a funny profile don’t speak as loudly as a six-pack and great hair. Tinder rewards the shallow, what can we say? On the plus side, if you do happen to be a David Beckham-lookalike, you’ll clean up.
For you birds, the options are a bit more open. It certainly helps to be in the top half of good-looking ladies, but no matter what, you’ll get matches. From what we’ve heard, the hottest women on Tinder rarely respond to messages. The pleasure of getting hit on by a few dozen men every day is sufficient.
The creators of Tinder are apparently looking to expand their brand. The app is being retooled a bit to make it more conducive for finding relationships. We have no idea if that’ll work. We suspect Tinder will always be the most popular hookup app for hotties and a little more.
Map of all the best options to find hookups we covered
If you really want to get the best results finding a hookup in London you need to be smart about how you're spending your time. One of the best ways to improve your results is by checking out multiple different venues each night in order to find which spot is really popular on that particular night. We've put our recommendations into the map below that will help make a plan:
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