If singles in London, Ontario, are like singles in other parts of the country, they are tired of the cliched, contrived singles parties and events that often don't result in new friendships. London, with a population of 350,000, combines a small-town, friendly vibe with a larger city's attractions. London singles may want to skip the singles parties and take advantage of the city's many sporting, arts and recreational activities to meet other singles.
University of Western Ontario Alumni
Singles in London may be surprised to learn that they are welcome to attend social events sponsored by University of Western Ontario alumni. Recent and upcoming events include trips to see the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Shakespeare and contemporary theater performances at the Stratford Festival, a complimentary lecture series on topics such as the diversity of foods and illness, the Elgin County Annual Alumni Dinner Picnic and a cocktail reception at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology.
London Curling Club
Ever since the Canadian men's and women's curling teams took gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, curling has been fast on the rise as a popular social sport. Singles can become part of a mixed social league at the London Curling Club, which caters to all levels of curling ability. Singles will also have an opportunity to meet other singles off the ice at the potluck dinners held weekly after early evening games.
The advantage of meeting other singles while learning to cook means that you will both share a common interest. The Kiss The Cook school offers cooking classes on a variety of cuisines and most classes are held on weekday evenings to attract the working crowd. Singles can learn how to make dishes such as Indian Butternut Squash Soup, Classic Beef Bourguignon, 12 Vegetable Gumbo with Cajun Crumb Crust or Paprika Chicken Tagine while meeting new friends.
Off-Leash Dog Parks
London singles who are looking to meet someone naturally and organically versus in a contrived set-up can simply take their dog to the nearest off-leash dog park. While their dogs are busy expending energy, pet owners will be able to converse in an extremely relaxed setting while knowing that they will most likely meet again in this location. There are currently three off-leash dog parks in London: Pottersburg Park, Stoney Creek Meadows and Greenway Park.