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When I first moved to London 9 years ago, I knew only a handful of people here. It was a huge step leaving my network, friends and family behind to pursue a life-long dream. London captured my heart at our very first meeting many, many years ago and I’ve always wanted to live here. I do consider this wonderful multi-cultural city my soulmate. That said, it’s easy to feel lonely in such a big place. Despite the multitude of experiences, classes and adventures this place has to offer, it can be hard to meet other like-minded people and truly connect. Unlike children who seem to form connections instantly and are not afraid of approaching people they don’t know, few adults actually strike up conversation without an initial introduction.

Even as a mother I’ve written about the struggles of making new friends, so whether you are starting out in life or you have already established a family, you will always need good friends around. People who support you, who champion you and who have your back. People who share your interests and will join in the fun. I was recently introduced to Pal, a new friend-finder app, that sounds like it’s a fantastic way to meet like-minded people in your neighbourhood.

We all want to stay connected through social apps. Nevertheless, we want to interact more than just online. An alternative to dating apps is important, as we are not all looking for a date

Daniela Vidas, co-founder of Pal


It’s easy to set up a free profile and you can select which activities you are interested in. Whether you love going to the gym but desperately need a buddy to help keep you accountable. Or you are a new mum who would love to join others with young children for play dates in the park or baby-cinema trips, this is for you. What I really like is that you have to accept a friend invitation before you can communicate. You can even search for others to join an already existing group. Say your local book club needs more avid readers or you want extra players for your sports team, Pal can help.

Their video shows you exactly how you can use the app and meet new friends in your local area. If you want to check it out, it’s free to download on iOS and Android. Will you join?


  1. Sounds like an interesting app, I made most of my friends at work but I guess that is tricky when you work from home

  2. What a great idea! It can be so hard to make friends as an adult so this is going to be really helpful to lots of people Im sure!

  3. I can see how this would help people in a big city. It can be really lonely and hard for people to make friends, even if they are not in a city or just moved. It’s great to see new tools available to help people!

  4. This app looks like such a good idea! I struggled so much after my daughter was born as I had no other mum friends – everybody else was at work so I was forever feeling lonely!

  5. I’ve heard of that app and yes, I can imagine how much of a big help for people who’ve just moved in a big city. It can be lonely at times and making friends can be difficult even for us adults. This will definitely help 🙂

  6. Great post this. The more ways to make friends as an adult the better as it’s never easy when you move to a new city.

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