Did the summer of love even happen? We’re not so sure Summer even turned up this year, let alone your next squeeze. 

You’d pictured meeting someone at a festival, a pop-up bar, or even bumping into them at the lido on a sunny Saturday morning. But September has arrived, and you’re probably re-downloading that dating app and swiping through profiles ready to prepare for digital cuffing season. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Have you tried dating events? They’ve come a long way since your parents friends’ met at speed-dating, we swear.

With a renewed focus on throwing epic parties for single people, Inner Circle is the dating app you need to know about. And no, don’t prepare your thumb for RSI. This app knows you’re sick of online dating, so they only want you to use the app to get offline, and to events.

The most recent success was a flat party at The Little Orange Door. A night of cocktails and table-top dancing to the resident DJ at the quirky venue in Clapham. They took over the entire venue, meaning literally everyone there was single, what could be more ideal than that?

They’ve launched pop-up festivals, taken over rooftops, hosted some outrageous pub quiz nights and so much more. It’s simply about putting on some seriously fun events at cool venues with non-gimmicky entertainment.

People actually flirt and chat because they know everyone is single. It brings dating back into real life.

Inner Circle runs these events every month in London, from rooftops to the kind of bars you’ve always wanted to go but never knew how to find. And for Handbook readers, they’re giving away a month’s premium membership.  

So score yourself tickets (and take one step closer to actually meeting someone IRL) by doing the following:

 1) Click the link and register for Inner Circle for a full month’s free here

 2) See when the next event is and grab a ticket while you can

 3) Show up, and don’t hold back.


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