Dating in London for South Africans

So you’ve relocated from South Africa to London, and are experiencing life in a huge old city in another hemisphere. As part of your expat experience you’ve joined an online dating site and you’re considering dating someone local. Be aware that dating in London is likely to be a little different dating at home.

It goes without saying that there’s a vast difference between living in South Africa and staying in London: you’ve already adapted to some huge changes in climate, working practices and foods, to name just three of the major adjustments you’ve had to accommodate. If you’re considering dating in London, perhaps now is the time to look at some of the local social and cultural customs that could feel a bit foreign.

When you’re at work, in a social situation like a pub or party, or even just people-watching while you’re travelling on the tube, observe the interactions between people. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be adopting these conventions yourself, but it’s useful to at least be aware of some of the differences – whether they’re obvious or subtle – between your own culture and London’s social milieu.

When it comes to online dating your unique South African background gives you an exotic edge over the locals. Make the most of this advantage and enjoy your stay in London!

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