You’d think in a city with more than 8 million people, meeting someone wouldn’t be that hard. Well, you would be wrong. Despite the sheer number of people living in the city, it can still be really difficult to meet someone. This can be for a whole host of reasons, including working long hours or just having a small social group. With this in mind, we want to help you get out there with our ‘Top 10 Best Dating Apps’. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favour!

Bumble

We start with one that gives all the power to the ladies, putting the decision of making the first move to her and only her – a bit like Take Me Out, but the virtual version where you have 24 hours to respond.  Which is annoying if the bloke hasn’t checked his app in a few days, and thus missed out on the potential love of his life.

Founded by Whitney Wolfe – a fantastic story btw, you should check it out – Bumble tries to overthrow the antiquated (and often sexist) rules of dating. It’s the 21st century and there’s no need to wait for the fella to make the first move *sassy finger snap*. It’s not just for finding your future husband or wife either as the app has now added new features such as “Bumble Bizz” and “Bumble BFF”, to help you find new colleagues and friends too.

Hinge

Do you pride yourself on having a high standard with dating or refuse to believe that sarcasm is the lowest form of wit? If so, you will love this app.

Hinge is the Instagram of dating apps. For real, it’s a millennial’s dream. Some people say it’s living under Tinder’s shadow, but if you want a bit more in-depth information with a potential date other than a good photo, then this app is perfect as in their latest survey, Hinge found they’re setting up dates every minute!

On Hinge, profiles are made up of questions and quotes. You can learn A LOT about your next catch from their answers, whether it’s their favourite episode of Only Fools and Horses or their pet peeve. The trick is to come across effortlessly funny. But we believe in you.

Badoo

Always dreamed of marrying Kit Harington? Well shame on you because he’s happily wed! Perhaps you fancy a bearded Ryan Gosling or Stomzy meeting you at the altar?

While we can’t promise any of the above, Badoo does find you a match based on which celebrity you have a crush on. Crazy right? They use facial recognition technology, where the app scans the single market for lookalikes.

With 465m users worldwide, we’re sure they can pair you with an A-list lookalike somewhere.

Bristlr

If you’re one of those people that don’t like facial hair, move on quickly as you might be swiping left for a while. This is a dating app for those wanting some facial fuzz and a good stroke of a soft, grizzly beard in their life.

Not only do you have to like beards (it is really the only prerequisite), but you have to be original too. The app has a ‘Lothario Detector’, so your potential hubbies don’t even have the option of copying and pasting some trash opening lines.

Tastebuds

If music is your thing and you’re eager to meet people that love music too, then this app is a winner.

Tastebuds is one of those dating apps based on common ground, and the theme here is music. You can find your musical soulmate, whether you are on the lookout for a love interest or you’re just in need of a gig-going buddy.

It matches two people based on their favourite music. So whether you’re a strong team Britney or you like Norwegian black metal, at least there won’t be any arguments around your first dance song!

HILY

This one is so fetch.

First of all, the name is an acronym for ‘Hey I Like You’. It’s also powered by artificial intelligence.

HILY uses algorithms to help increase the probability of matching with one of the 12 million happy users. There are also icebreaker suggestion pop-ups, so there’s no need to suffer over your opening line.

The app works the more you use it too. If you upload stories or post comments and likes, then the information can be used to find you a better match. It’s true, you do have to put a lot of work in, but it’s worth it if it turns into a ‘Hey I Love You’, wouldn’t you agree?

Tinder

The big daddy of dating apps is synonymous with online dating for a reason. Around 2012, Tinder got a well-earned name when it came to hookups, but now it’s also known as an app that plenty of married couples used to meet on as well. Literally, everyone and their dog is on it – which is both a blessing and a curse. Prepare to swipe through hundreds of frogs along the way before that fittie magically matches you back.

Happn

Happn matches people who both have the app and cross paths, say at the pub, a club, or that cute girl in the canteen at work. There’s also the probability that you’ll match with your Uber driver, seeing as he crossed paths with you outside your house. Not a problem if they’re hot, less appealing if they’re a middle aged psychopath with stalking tendencies. 

Eharmony

Eharmony is another big player in the online dating game, and the first service to innovate an algorithmic system to try to make the best possible dating matches for its members. Once you create an account, users go through a relationship quiz to create a personality profile that helps match you with other users that eharmony thinks you’ll like. Every day, the app will provide you with a selection of matches and your areas of compatibility; you’ll have the option to connect if the interest is mutual. 

Premium subscribers get expanded matching and discovery options, and other features like being able to see who has recently viewed your profile.

Raya

Fancy dating a celeb? Of course you do. Instead of the aforementioned Badoo where you get a paltry lookalike, Raya can give you the real deal. They carefully vet applicants to decide if they’re cool enough to be featured on it – think models, social media influencers, andtv presenters, etc. While users aren’t meant to talk about Raya, it’s rumoured that the likes of Cara Delevingne, Diplo and, er, Moby are on the app. Now those would be some seriously exciting dates.

Raya is a membership-based app for those who know, and if you don’t, you can’t ask. You can’t even screenshot a picture inside the app without getting told off by its creators.

Basically, Raya laughs in the face of inclusivity, with only eight percent of applicants being accepted. Sounds like an irresistible challenge right? We’re imagining a lot of unrequited swipes here, but they do say love is a battlefield.

For the sceptical among you, statistically speaking, dating apps have been found to work. According to some research, over two-thirds of respondents use apps to find a steady relationship, and it’s guaranteed that if you’re a millennial, half of your friends have most likely met their partners via dating apps.

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