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Sep 20, 2022 - 9:42pm
TheBusinessAdministrationMajor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Good ideas. I'll add one more to your list:  Bing search "Time Out London" and look for free gatherings and stuff.

What make London the best city in the world  because there's always something to do and the city is really diverse. If you put in the effort you'll absolutely find some friends.

Good luck. You won't actually need it though.

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Sep 20, 2022 - 9:53pm
Iko_, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Bumble 

Night clubs 

Group hobbies

Work

Facebook/meetup groups from your nationality or alumni associations 

Giving £500 to random people in the street to be your friend 

Sep 21, 2022 - 5:09am
The Pharma Guy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

One thing people overestimate when making friends (in London and elsewhere) is how open and inviting people are. For all they know, you are a total stranger. Flip the script. Even if you are new to a city, find something you enjoy doing (a sport, hobby etc.) and YOU invite people to do it with you. Reciprocity is a powerful tool. Inviting people to join you in an activity will increase the odds of them inviting you back to something (be it a similar thing or social gathering). Start with that. Alternatively, join groups that do team sports (there are always open leagues and groups for football, touch rugby etc) as well as spamming dating apps with the intention of making friends, not getting laid.

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Sep 21, 2022 - 6:58am
EnergyHOU, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Highly recommend hobbies.

Londoners, and Central Londoners in particular are a clique-y bunch, and that's not meant to be an insult to be clear. They just have very tight knit social circles and they keep to these groups almost religiously - a lot of them schooled together, grew up together, etc. so these are strong bonds and from their perspective why venture out when I have these perfectly good relationships I value highly - which I totally get myself.

Reason I recommend hobbies is that's the one area where usually walls are easily broken due to team or group effort. You won't become "besties" with anyone, but it'll lead to other social interactions and activities beyond the hobby.

Sep 21, 2022 - 2:54pm
SafariJoe, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Anonymouspandas

Living in Central London, not Canary Wharf. Is it easy to make friends in London compared to other cities? 

What are best strategies: gym, social clubs, volunteering etc. 

Pub, library, grocery stores, on the bus, concerts....

SafariJoe, wins again!
Nov 20, 2022 - 9:10am
Tommy1303, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Is there a WhatsApp group that one can join? I work in the city area near Cornhill Road. I'd be down to meet new people.

PM me if you want to make a group

Nov 20, 2022 - 9:46am
helgoka2, what's your opinion? Comment below:

A great idea is an interest course. That way you can get new knowledge and make new friends. For example culinary master classes. You will have a good time, cook something and then you can go with all these goodies to visit. Just recently we were going with friends from dancing school to cook sliders at home, it was fun and delicious. 

Nov 23, 2022 - 4:00pm
anthonydrowow, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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