Westfield offers virtual daters free post-lockdown real-life date

Tyrone Stewart

Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City want to cover the costs of your post-lockdown real-life first date – if you have evidence of taking a virtual date with the potential love of your life.

The past few months has seen a massive growth in online dating, with people around the world forced to stay at home in response to the covid-19 pandemic. Tinder recorded over 3bn swipes on 29 March – its biggest single day so far – and Westfield is keen to celebrate those that swiped right on their possible Mr. or Mrs. Right.

The pair of shopping centres has teamed up with venues such as Pastaio, Pasta Remoli, and Bat & Ball to offer free first dates until 2 August for the first 100 daters who share screen grabs of their lockdown virtual dates.

“While virtual calls and meet ups have been crucial over the past few months to stay connected with family, friends and colleagues, there’s nothing quite like meeting up in real life,” said Alyson Hodkinson, General Manager at Westfield Stratford City. “Partnering with our restaurants to host first real life dates for those who have been meeting virtually whilst on lockdown is a fun way to welcome people back to our centres and we’re delighted to be able to provide new couples with a safe and welcome space to get to know each other better.”