Occupation: Charity chief executive
Accountant: Training manager
What were you hoping for from the date?
Alex: I like meeting new people and thought it’d be interesting to go in without any preconceptions.
Sam: I was hoping to meet someone fun who had the same interests as me.
What were your first impressions?
A: He was lovely – smiley and chatty.
S: We were both quite nervous.
How different was he to your usual type?
A: I’d say he’s my type (well done, guys!) but I do usually go for someone older than him. The date was a good case to rethink that rule.
S: I don’t have a specific type but Alex is shorter than me; that’s a departure.
Would you have swiped left or right?
A: Right. He’s cute and intelligent.
S: Probably left.
How was the conversation, and what did you talk about?
A: We spoke about our shared interests in history and travelling, and traded bad dating stories.
S: We covered Eurovision and RuPaul, and he was passionate about his job and his friends, which I liked.
What was the most interesting thing about him?
A: That he studied history but ended up in the financial sector – I wasn’t sure how that happened and I’m not sure he knew, either.
S: He started his own charity, which is cool, and he’s a trained sommelier.
Photography: Markus Bidaux
What is his best quality?
A: He was a good listener, although I fear that I may have rambled.
S: He always had a story so there were no breaks in conversation.
What did you make of his dress sense?
A: I don’t put a high benchmark on dress sense. However, he gets points for persevering in the heat and arriving in a shirt-and-jeans combo.
S: He maybe could have made more of an effort because he was wearing a plain t-shirt.
Were there any deal-breakers?
A: He smokes. I can’t stand smoking.
S: I had a nice time, but there wasn’t much chemistry.
What do you think he thought of you?
A: I hope he didn’t think I was a gay male version of Miranda Hart, bubbling with nerves, and guzzling loads of wine.
S: I didn’t have as many stories as he did so he might’ve thought I was quiet.
What were you most worried he would notice about you?
A: I’m clumsy and was nervous I’d fall, knock over wine or start a fire! I was trying to come across as cool and collected, but I don’t think it worked.
S: It was ridiculously warm so I was a hot mess when I arrived.
How was the food?
A: I had the steak with some sides. The waitress paired wines for us. I would love to go back.
S: The restaurant was amazing and the staff were lovely.
Alex and Sam dined at M Restaurant, Victoria Street, London
Any awkward moments?
A: You know when you’re talking too much, but carry on and on into an embarrassing story? I think I did that.
S: It’s always awkward when you know a date isn’t going to go anywhere.
How did the night end?
A: We hugged goodbye.
S: We walked back to the Tube but we haven’t been in touch since.
What would you have changed about the night?
A: I would have calmed my nerves.
S: He was a nice guy, but I probably would’ve enjoyed myself more if I had more in common with him.
Snog, marry, avoid?
A: A snog — for putting up with me.
Will you meet again?
A: I’d like to grab a drink with him.
S: He was really sweet, but I doubt it.
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