Blind date: 'She was up for talking about inappropriate subjects'

Lola on Suky

What were you hoping for?
I went without too many expectations, apart from the excitement of free food and meeting a fun, new person.

First impressions?
She was instantly funny and just as chaotic as I was about not knowing what to do/what to order/how to act.

What did you talk about?
Our shared new love of playing football; families; therapy (are we turning into our mothers?); coronavirus. And my favourite: Suky came up with a “Design your night” question about what our first post-corona night out would be like.

Any awkward moments?
Suky was convinced a Russian business deal was taking place behind us. And the downstairs of the restaurant looked as if it was decked out for a wedding that had never taken place. But we laughed about it all.

Good table manners?
Didn’t notice.

Best thing about Suky?
Her laugh; how open and warm she is.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yes – she reminded me of my flatmate a bit. They’d get on.

Describe Suky in three words
Funny, cool, interesting.

What do you think she made of you?
(Too) chatty and (too) young? But warm and friendly, I hope.

Did you go on somewhere?
No. We were ushered out at 9pm on the dot and had to down our beers.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
No, it was just friends, I think.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
That we’d gone to a fancier place.

Marks out of 10?
8 (in keeping with our pact).

Would you meet again?
We may cross paths in the beginner’s football league. And I have her number so we can make our dream night out a reality post-virus.


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Suky on Lola

What were you hoping for?
A laugh and a substantial meal.

First impressions?
Relieved. She looks nice, and seems as confused as I am.

What did you talk about?
Many things, fleetingly. Our respective football teams, big gay nights out, family dynamics, Mikel Arteta’s eyebrows, transphobia, bad flatmates, sex parties, charity sector beef, softbois. It was an erratic conversation.

Any awkward moments?
When I realised I hadn’t given an age range, but she had.

Good table manners?
Didn’t notice, but I did enjoy how protective she was of our unfinished plates.

Best thing about Lola?
Up for talking about inappropriate subjects for a first date.

Would you introduce her to your friends?
Yeah, why not.

Describe Lola in three words
Good time gal.

What do you think she made of you?
Fun chat, bit distracted.

Did you go on somewhere?
Not really the night for it.

If it weren’t for social distancing, would you have kissed?
No, it wasn’t romantic.

If you could change one thing about the evening, what would it be?
I wouldn’t do it at 6.30pm on a Monday night in a coffee shop.

Marks out of 10?
We’ve negotiated strong 8s.

Would you meet again?
Sure! As friends for a night out, or as foes on the pitch.

• Suky and Lola ate at The Gentlemen Baristas, London, WC2. They were photographed separately for this image. Fancy a blind date? Email


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