**“Love yourself first and everything else falls into place. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” – Lucille Ball **
Fear of Love Panel: Headed up by writer, founder, and broadcaster Emma Louise Boynton, this panel talk is diving into our relationships with love itself. “Perennially fascinated by topics deemed taboo”, Emma is the host of the monthly Sex Talks Series and will be joined by Vicki Pavitt, love coach, former dating expert for Match.com, and co-founder of Project Love. Also weighing on the conversation is the inimitable Annie Lord, Vogue's resident dating columnist and author of Notes on Heartbreak. As well as Bolu Baboalola, the self-coined ‘romcomoissuer’ and author of Times bestseller of the year Love in Colour, as well as the novel Honey and Spice. Join the conversation at One Hundred Shoreditch as we pose the question: How do you open your heart to love?
A date, date… Okay, so we have to include a few of our favourite spots for a date in the city, but before that let's (re)define what we mean by “date.” Reevaluating our perception of what dating and love means is a powerful tool in establishing how we approach them in the first placce. Though, of course, a date can be an intimate evening with a potential partner or your significant other, it can also be a date with a friend, a date with a colleague, or a date with family – romancing all the loves in your life is key in building and maintaining those close relationships.
Pidgin is a great understated choice, don’t be deceived by the unassuming facade, inside expect a buzzy atmosphere, and incredible food. To go all-out our current favorite is Jamavar. Located in Mayfair, this Indian restaurant has recently received its first Michelin star and the food is perfect – the best way to do it is to opt for the lunch tasting menu where four courses cost £52 (dinner service starts at £105), that way you have the rest of the day ahead of you. The Rosemary Branch in Debeauvoir is the optimum Sunday date, a classic enough looking pub, but open fires, great roasts, a live pianist, and an endless supply of board games make it stand out. Other ideas we love are pottery and making sessions or a walk around one of London’s parks - perfect for sunny Saturdays.
A phone call: Remember to check in, romancing, dating, and love of all kinds from the platonic to the romantic call for little gestures – the grand might seem like a surefire way to impress but little and often can actually be more significant. Who doesn’t love picking up the phone to: I was just thinking about you, are you free to chat? Call the people that mean the most to you and let them know exactly that – you mean a lot to me. You’ll be surprised how much this form of communication will make your loved ones feel, well… loved.