TABLE FOR TWO
CHARLIE AND RUBEN DINED AT M VICTORIA STREET, LONDON
What were you hoping to get out of the date?
Ruben: I was expecting to find someone I could get into a serious relationship with. I had very high expectations for the night.
Charlie: A nice evening and a chance to actually meet someone instead of endless talking on social media.
What were your first impressions? R: He seemed nice, if a bit young and not at ease.
C: Really lovely, well dressed and easy to talk to.
How different was he to your usual type?
R: He’s younger.
C: I don’t usually go for guys older than 23, but in this case that wasn’t a problem.
Would you have swiped left or right? R: Probably left.
C: Probably right.
How was the conversation and what did you talk about?
R: We talked about everything: politics, food, what we did for a living, about the date itself and why we were doing it.
C: We spoke about a nice range of things, from Marvel and religion to what life is like in London.
What was the most interesting thing about him?
R: His personality.
C: Definitely the different cities and countries that he has lived in.
What was his best quality? R: It’s hard to tell after only a few hours, so I can’t really say.
C: His sense of humour.
What did you make of his dress sense? R: He was dressed quite casually.
C: He was very well put together – put me to shame!
Were there any deal- breakers?
R: Yes, the fact he is still a student and lives in Brighton.
C: Potentially the fact that I’m in Brighton and he lives in London. He’s also in a different place in his life. What do you think he thought of you? R: I was just being myself, and I’ve got used to not really caring about what people think of me.
C: Hopefully, he thought I was all right! What were you most worried they would notice about you?
R: Nothing in particular. I was feeling very comfortable.
C: How red I go when I’m nervous. Luckily, the restaurant had low lighting so I think I got away with it. How was the food?
R: Amazing – and I’m very picky and don’t eat a lot of things. The red velvet cake was the most perfectly baked I have ever had, even better than my own!
C: The food was amazing, even if Ruben nearly choked to death on a jalapeño! Any awkward moments?
R: Not necessarily awkward, but I think he might have understood that I was not really into the date.
C: Not that I picked up on.
How did the night end?
R: We walked towards Victoria station as he needed to take the train home.
C: Ruben had to get up early for work and I had a train to catch, so nothing too wild. He walked me to Victoria. What would you have changed about the night?
R: Have less expectations. Overall, I enjoyed the night because I got to meet someone outside of my comfort zone. C: Nothing, I had a nice time.
Snog, marry, avoid?
R: Not marry or snog, but not avoid either. Is there another option?!
C: I’d say snog.
Will you meet again?
R: We exchanged Instagram handles, but I don’t think we will meet again.
C: If I’m in London, then who knows?
CHARLIE, 21, STUDENTRUBEN, 25, WHOLESALES ADMINISTRATOR