Part with routine, and use single life to try something new. Whether it's a low-key supper at Primeur, a tennis match or a Jamie XX gig, mixing your date with your best friends makes for more fun.
Depending on preference, join the London Library for its members' games nights, sign up for the Ginger Pig's butcher course or join the ICA for regular artist talks. Over-zealous use will snuff out even the finest first-date conversation. Show your adventurous side on an outing with a difference.
After all, as she put it, "dancers don't make a lot of money." I wasn't the guy that could spoon feed her, so it ended.
But surely not all American girls thought British men had an endless supply of money?
If a bumbling buffoon like Hugh Grant could steal Julia Roberts' heart in It was the summer of 2006 when I first landed in New York as a 19-year-old, laden with warnings about American girls: they're high maintenance, my friends told me.
I tried to brush this off—preconceptions are always dangerous when entering any sort of relationship.
So when you take a British girl out, be warned that she will keep the drinks coming long after you were ready to call it a night.
As a young, single British guy crossing the Atlantic for a career in the United States, I was extremely curious about the dating life that was in store.
After all, I'd watched my fellow countrymen in film and literature charm the hell out of beautiful American women.
Wear Cartier's diamond Juste Un Clou pendant necklace in reverse against a bare back. First impressions count: the key to dressing for the first date is to wear the more casual look you would pull out on the second date.
Scoping out a potential beau online is prudent (call it research), stalking is not. Try a button-up dress (unbuttoned a few fastenings above the knee), a scoop-back dress (for the walk to the bathroom), or a failsafe crisp white T-shirt with lace-up stiletto booties.