Want to settle down? This is where it’ll happen — and you don’t have to be Kate Middleton, either
I’ve avoided writing about London until now despite all the hoopla over the royal wedding, and all I can say in my defense is that when you love something so much, it’s hard to be objective about it. That’s how I feel about London. I lived there for quite some time post-college, and, to me, it is the most magical, beautiful, cultured and cool place on Earth. It is as well (as I’m sure you’ve noticed) chock-full of British boys, which doesn’t hurt, either. So why should you go and will you meet a man?
Let me answer that for you: YUP. I don’t want to outdate myself here, but when I was living there, the Brits loved American women. However, this was for one shameful reason in particular: they thought we were easy. Not just my friends and I — my friends were primarily English — but the tourists who came into town thinking every Tom, Dick and Harry was going to look and shag like Russell Brand. Their brazen attitudes and aggressive tans didn’t help matters much.
What I’m saying is this: you need to set yourself apart. You need to live there. Immerse yourself in London. Dig your toes in. Start drinking lager. Go to pubs for lunch (especially in the city — the best place to meet those young professionals you like so well is an area called Fleet Street). Visit art museums. Read in Hyde Park – if you’re lucky you’ll get to witness a bunch of football-playing lads (that’s soccer, to us) throwing a ball around shirtless, their white, white chests glistening in the sun. Go to a gig: I personally love jazz bar Ronnie Scott‘s in Soho, but there are loads of amazing areas for music, including Camden and Shepard’s Bush.
My fantasy has always been to climb to the top of Primrose Hill, located on the north side of Regent’s Park, at dusk and to meet someone amazing at the top. This is my secret spot in London. Whenever I’m feeling down, I head there. You have a view of the entire city and its beauty is staggering. Meeting a sexy, green-eyed, brown-haired, 6’1 stranger with a British accent would just be the icing on the cake, so to speak. FYI: for any of you who still love him after he lost his hair and screwed the nanny, Jude Law lives in the area. He frequents a pub called the Princess of Wales, in case you want to check it out and harass him for being such a dick.
But let’s get back to the guy situation. In my experience, British men are amazingly faithful, serious, and ready to settle down when they get to a certain age. They definitely tend to marry earlier than American men who live in a big city. I went to school in the U.K. for a bit (and lived there afterwards) and most of my university friends have tied the knot; only one has kids, in case you were wondering.
Sure, they’re passionate about their drinking. But every guy I’ve met loves to travel, has lived abroad at some point, is proud of their country (and knowledgeable about it as well, which kind of goes hand in hand) and has an avid interest in the arts. Most love to dance even if they’re rubbish and don’t mind telling you how they feel. Forget all you’ve heard about English people being cold, emotionless fish: that’s so far from the truth. They don’t like scenes and may keep to themselves on the Tube (subway), but when they’re in relationships, these guys feel and aren’t afraid to show it.
Clearly, I’m a fan. I think you will be too. And while there will be only one British prince left on the market after tonight’s royal wedding, I think you’ll find that real princes come in all shapes and forms — and don’t necessarily need to reside in Buckingham Palace. Just saying.
LONDON DISTRICT GUIDE
There are 32 districts in London. Here are the most important ones you’ll need to know:
1. City of London
2. City of Westminster
3. Kensington & Chelsea
4. Hammersmith & Fulham
There WILL be a future post on what kind of guys you’ll find in these areas, but until then — cheerio!