Lonely in London? Make New Friends at a London Meetup Group

by KathleenDuffy

Don't be lonely in London. Make friends of all ages - people who share your hobbies and interests. Visit a Meetup Group and kickstart your life again!

The Big City can be a lonely place; this is an old cliché, but a true one. London is no exception, and the city's lonely people cover the spectrum of humanity including students, foreign workers, Londoners themselves. If you are one of London’s lost souls, help is at hand.

Or perhaps, you aren’t lonely, but just can’t seem to find like-minded people who share your interests.

Maybe you are a tourist or businessperson in town for just a couple of days and feeling a bit at a loose end, wondering how to fill in your precious time in the most creative way..

Don’t despair – you are just a few clicks away from finding the key to opening that great treasure chest of knowledge, experience, cultural diversity, excitement and friendship that is the London you will soon know and love.

We've just been to St Paul's Cathedral
We've just been to St Paul's Cathedral
K Duffy

Meetup Groups are just that – groups of people who meet regularly, sporadically or just as a one-off,  in all the major towns and cities of the United Kingdom (and the globe). They are united by their special interests or attractions – or maybe just the desire to do something different.

Whilst it is possible to feel alone in any city, in London the choices are so overwhelming that you can feel completely at a loss. This is where a Meetup Group can be a real source of inspiration.

I enjoy visiting places of interest, so my Meetup Group, The London Cultureseekers, (not at all pretentious, despite the name!)  is devoted to  this type of activity. So the photographs on here represent my interests.

On the Thames, visiting HMS Belfast
On the Thames, visiting HMS Belfast
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But what’s your passion?

Is it hiking, the theatre, chess, dancing, opera, philosophy, languages, exploring cultural sites, business, spirituality, knitting, crafts, stamp collecting, single dating, films, naturism, drinking, dog walking …you get the picture! 

 

Exploring the Thames Foreshore - on a very cold day!
Exploring the Thames Foreshore - on a very cold day!
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Or, maybe, you just do something on your own on a regular basis (like the dog walking) and feel it would be nice to join up with others and push your pooch to the limit with a five-mile walk rather than a quick trot round the local park!

And, sure, you enjoy going round the National Gallery every Sunday, but wouldn’t it be nice to discuss Seurat with someone else afterwards, over a pint?  

Our Tour Guide at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Our Tour Guide at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
K Duffy

Each Meetup Group was started on the internet by an enthusiast. You will find a link for London Meetup Groups at the end of this article. Browse through all the groups you find interesting (and even the ones you don’t – something might ring your bell!). There will be a link where you can see what each group gets up to, where they meet up and how often. If something grabs you, then join up!

Some Meetup Groups are quite small, whilst others are huge. However, don’t feel intimidated when you turn up the first time. Everyone will be friendly, but at the same time you won’t be overwhelmed. Depending on the nature of the group you don't have to interact particularly. Other groups are more team-spirit orientated. 

Also, there is no pressure to turn up for every Meetup. It’s entirely up to you whether you attend or not. After a couple of trial events you may want to commit and become a Full Member, in which case you can expect to pay a small annual fee - although some groups are entirely free to join. But, even then, you are under no pressure to attend every event.

 

A Visit to the Local Pub

 

And you don't even have to go to the pub afterwards if you don't want to...

We went to Hogarth's House in Twickenham
We went to Hogarth's House in Twickenham
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You can join as many Meetup Groups as you want. Many members go to an event on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon –  in my Meetup Group it could be a walk along the Embankment or a visit to the British Museum – then on to another completely different Meetup Group in the evening  which might involve languages, knitting, the theatre or the pub, an evening walk around haunted Whitechapel or a choral group!

On the other hand, some people only attend a Meetup once a month or less.  If you are in town just for a couple of days then of course, you won't be a regular.

Please don’t let age deter you.

Many groups attract a variety of ages. It’s up to you to choose the best groups for your situation.Obviously those with arthritic feet won’t be joining a rambling group, but there’s plenty of less energetic events available – eating out, card playing, music, ballroom dancing, etc.

If you can’t find a group to suit you, then consider starting your own! There's a link on the Meetup Groups  site and you will get plenty of help and support.

In a quiet mews we find horses in the middle of London!
In a quiet mews we find horses in the middle of London!
K Duffy

After your first Meetup event, you will find a whole new London world opening up.

Suddenly this wonderful city won’t be a place where you feel excluded, alienated and lost. Instead, it can be the beginning of a wonderful relationship with one of the most culturally diverse, tolerant and interesting cities in the world.

 

Further Information:

Here is the link to the main Meetup Group Website, with reference to London Groups.

But there are Meetup Groups in most towns and cities all over the United Kingdom.  There are also Meetup Groups worldwide.

To find a Meetup Group near you, simply fill in the boxes on the main page.

 

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Updated: 07/13/2013, KathleenDuffy
 
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KathleenDuffy on 03/22/2013

I'm glad you found it interesting! I enjoy these Meetups a lot. I go to one about every three or four weeks. Keeps the old brain ticking over!

WiseFool on 03/22/2013

Really interesting, Kathleen. Looks like a lot of fun, too. I can imagine, especially if you've just moved to a big city like London, this is a wonderful way to meet new people and, as you say, help you feel less isolated.

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