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Roaming the streets of London on your lonesome? Laughing at your own jokes? Falling on your face when you look for someone to lean on? Get some mates, pronto...

Moving to London can be a lonely experience. Especially when you see the grumpy lot on the Tube... and the street... and the office...

But there are nice people out there who are looking for like-minded types to hit the town with. Here, we’ve rounded up a few ideas to help get you started on your quest for friends *thrusts sword in the air as wind blows hair in heroic fashion*. If all else fails, at least you have us (although we do have more than 50,000 other friends so don’t get too big headed).

Best for active types: Rabble

What? A bunch of people get together in parks across London and play fitness games. From dodgeball to Hunger Games-themed action, you feel like a big kid again tearing around outside playing tag, ‘shooting’ each other and getting muddy.

Who will you meet? People who like staying in shape but not by staring at themselves while they pump iron at the gym. They’re also likely to live in your area, and the age group averages around 18-30.

The best bit: It’s a hell of a lot of fun, plus the games are a great ice breaker. The organisers, Charlotte and Rosemary, make it their mission to ensure everybody meets and learns each other’s names, and you’ll have plenty to talk about at the pub afterwards, particularly when the ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Dick of the Day’ awards are given out.

The worst bit: If you’re overly competitive, you may make a few enemies in the opposing team. Conversely, if you’re utter shit and out of shape, your team may not want to buy you a drink at end of play.

Where: Rabble currently meets at Clapham Common, Hampstead Heath and Finsbury Park.

How much? £10 per session.

Best for singles: Smeeters

What? Three girl mates and three guy mates are set up on a group blind date. A few days before the ‘big date’ you are sent the location and the name of the ‘leader’ of the other group. You get a free round of drinks to get you started and then it’s up to you where and how the night ends up...

Who will you meet? You register via Facebook so the team at Smeeters get a good idea of who you are, what you look like, and your interests, so they will set you up with a group they think you will hit it off with. They also ask the leaders of each group a few questions such as what age group you are looking for and if their race or religion is important to you.

The best bit: If none of you hit it off romantically you may well have made a new group of mates. Even if the other group aren’t up to much in the personality-stakes you’ve got your buddies with you so you’re bound to have a good night either way.

The worst bit: Two or even all three of you could fancy the same person - let’s face it, rarely are three friends all stone cold hotties. We suggest implementing a rule where you’re not allowed to say who you like and just let the night take its natural course to avoid any fisticuffs/hair tearing!

Where: Smeeters take into account where you all live, but it’s likely you’ll meet in a bar in central London.

How much? £15 per person.


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