In many ways, London feels like the centre 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.
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.
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 lively 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.
How many London hookup sites have more than 90 million users and an easy, highly specific search function? If you guessed more than one, you’re wrong. The biggest, easiest hookup site is Adult FriendFinder and nothing else really comes close. The most popular site for getting laid in London is also a global phenomenon.
AFF got to that status by working for it. It was created in the 90s, but since the mid-00s, it’s been established as the best site on the market. While other sites try to work as both a dating and hookup site, AFF doesn’t hedge its bets. The users on AFF are there for one and only one reason: getting laid. You can see why we like this site, can’t you?
In our yearly ranking of our favourite hookup sites and apps, AFF slays the competition. That’s because it’s a hookup site for everyone. You don’t have to be the hottest man or woman to find partners. You also don’t have to be young. All ages are welcome on AFF, with plenty of horny singles in their 30s and 40s available for care-free hookups.
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With a browser-based site that works just as well on your phone as your computer, AFF is convenient for everyone. Also, its search function allows you to get ultra-specific – find partners by location, fetish and even cup size. No wonder Adult FriendFinder is the hookup site most people would choose if they could only use one.
London is a city that is obsessed with beer. That’s always been true, but the recent trend toward pushing craft beers has resulted in a wave of fantastic beer gardens and gastropubs. Riding that wave better than almost any other bar is The Ship in Wandsworth. This outdoor pub and eatery is the perfect way to spend an afternoon that turns into a stimulating evening.
We absolutely love beer gardens. For obvious reasons –we’re fans of hops and barley – but also because beer gardens are ideal gathering spots. Bars get overcrowded and stuffy. Cocktail lounges are sexy but sometimes too much. A great beer garden, like The Ship, is open, relaxed and hospitable. That’s a combination that guarantees a good time.
London is a place where women of all ages come to make their fortunes. We’re not saying anything new by stating that the City is overrun with gorgeous birds. Well, many of those birds grow up to be sexy cougars (don’t ask us how the biology works). If you’re a guy who enjoys the company of older women, you need Cougar Life.
Cougar Life is dedicated to helping women over 35 find lovers of all ages. The obvious focus is younger guys who like mature sex partners, but men of all ages are on this app. Women who don’t have the time or energy to sit in bars worrying about rejection get on Cougar Life. There’s no stigma on this app for women who like their lovers on the younger side.
If you’re a younger guy who wants to experience the thrills of an older lover, this app is perfect. Maybe you want to ride a cougar but don’t know how to make your approach. Not a problem. Just take our course on scoring with women over 30. Then you’ll be set to use the easiest and most popular (more than seven million users!) app of its kind.
Cougar Life has been gaining a loyal following in cities all over the UK. Every year we assemble a list of the top cougar apps and sites; guess who regularly lands at the top? It’s simply better than all other London hookup apps geared towards Cougars. Get it today and search for someone who’s ready to meet tonight.
We’ll give something to the Colonies across the pond: they make an excellent cocktail. The American Bar, located in the Savoy hotel, is our city’s oldest cocktail bar. Originally created with the mission of creating “American-style” drinks, this bar has stood the test of time. It’s now one of the best places to drink and meet a local woman looking for sex with the attachments.
Beyond the cocktail menu (known as “The Savoy Songbook”), what this bar has to offer is pure style. With seductive jazz music from an in-house pianist filling the lounge, the American Bar is a sensual night out. There is a reason it’s been named the World’s Best Bar by more than one tastemaker.
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 hunt London hookups.
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.
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.
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 potential hookups. 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.
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 little more.
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 socialising. 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. Like the best coffee shops, Bloomsbury has a wide variety of coffees, teas and wholesome grub. It also has a cosy lounge with comfortable seats and quirky local art on the walls. It’s the perfect place to initiate a romantic rendezvous.
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. Asian-inspired cocktail and food menus give Opium its unique style and character. We’ve had fun in all of their bars, but we do have a preference for Peony. Expect to wait, though, as Opium gets full fast and early.
So, you’ve scored London hookups at bars, lounges, clubs and even coffee houses. You’re probably thinking you’ve conquered every possible location. We have to wonder, though, have you ever picked someone up at the grocer? As strange as it might sound, the grocery store can be the perfect place to find a sexy partner.
Let’s say you’re shopping in the Savanna in Paddington. It’s a fine store with a lot of selection. You’ve filled up your trolley with ingredients for a delicious meal. Then you see someone who catches your fancy. Strike up a conversation about a recipe or ask for suggestions. Be open, nice and, importantly, not creepy and you might just find more than a dinner companion.
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