Welcome to Time Out Dating. Each week, two lucky Londoners get to have a night or day out – and it’s on us! Martin and Kate have been together for three years and have a one-year-old son. We sent them bowling.
The venue: All Star Lanes, 95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
The couple: Martin (33) is an investment banker, and Kate (30) is a pastry chef, and they live in Crystal Palace.
He said: ‘I think she made as much of an effort as a tired mother can, but she did look incredible – a little bit like when I first met her – and I definitely got butterflies. It was the first date we’d gone on in a while, so it was exciting.’
She said: ‘He made an effort! He had a nice shirt on, and his favourite blazer. He’d even sent me some emoticons earlier in the day, for the first time ever, to say that he was really looking forward to it. That’s an indication of just how excited he was!’
He said: ‘I won comfortably. I think she hit the pins maybe three times. Then we held hands for the first time in public in about six months; we even kissed in public! I pinched her bum too, though maybe it was more of a grope. She was shocked.’
She said: ‘We got a little bit drunk and lovey-dovey, but in a very English way. He may have held my hand and pinched my bum, but that was about it. And, oh God, he won at bowling by something ridiculous like 120-44. He’s a smug winner too.’
He said: ‘I sent her an invite to the most exclusive club of all: it’s called club duvet. I’ve tried it before and it’s been rejected, but she accepted it this time – out of pity and cocktails. It was a good date.’ 4/5 stars
She said: ‘The baby was staying away from home; Martin had cleverly organised that. Which maybe explains all that excitement and emoticon-sending earlier! It was a very successful date all round, really.’ 4/5 stars
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