London’s 8 Best Matchmakers & Dating Agencies [2020 Edition]

Hiring a bespoke introduction service is a great investment in your love life – there’s no easier way to meet high-quality, compatible singles in London. But which London matchmakers are worth considering?

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Start here – with 8 of the best matchmaking agencies in London!

Gillian McCallum, Drawing Down The Moon

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Founded in 1983, Drawing Down The Moon is one of the longest-running matchmaking services in the UK. Gillian McCallum, an ex-headhunter who specialized in international corporate recruiting prior to becoming a London matchmaker, is the current CEO. She’s also the driving force behind niche dating site Love And Friends.

Clientele: This boutique matchmaking service helps singles living in London and the South East, and McCallum says 75% of DDM’s clients are referrals. Client ages range from 20 to 70s, and they typically have an active client database of 800 – 1,000 members at any particular time.

Cost: £6,800+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: Interested singles can take the first of applying online, followed by an in-person interview with one of Drawing Down The Moon’s professional matchmakers. Not everyone who applies is accepted, as McCallum says they attempt to keep the gender ratio of male/female clients as balanced as possible.

If you’re accepted as a member, you’ll be introduced to other London singles in their database. While they predominantly match London singles, Drawing Down The Moon can also work with affiliated matchmakers in the US and abroad if you’re interested in a global search.

Additional Services: Date coaching, image consulting

Founded In: 1983

Caroline Brealey, Mutual Attraction

caroline brealey London matchmaker

Before launching her elite London dating agency, Caroline Brealey worked for children’s charities. She always had a dream of starting a dating agency, but it wasn’t until she started a new job and realized her new role wasn’t a good fit that she decided to actively pursue that dream. She quit and started Mutual Attraction.

Clientele: Brealey’s service typically attracts single professionals living or working in London.

Cost: £3,950+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: Mutual Attraction is a true boutique-style matchmaking service – they only take on 90 or so clients at a time. The Mutual Attraction process starts with an in-person consultation. Memberships range from 6 to 12 months, and can include a 6-month hold period.

If you decide to come onboard you’ll be matched with other paying clients, or people from Brealey’s database of 2,500 or so London singles.

You can generally expect to go on around 9 dates and Brealey’s team will provide dating tips and advice as necessary. After the date, there will be an opportunity to both give and receive feedback on how things went.

Additional Services: Dating coaching

Founded In: 2010

Virginia Sweetingham, Gray & Farrar

Virginia Sweetingham Gray & Farrar

One of London’s most exclusive dating agencies, Gray & Farrar’s headquarters are in the Mayfair area. They also have offices around the world, including Hong Kong, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Monaco and Geneva.

Clientele: Successful, affluent singles living in London or other large cities within their network.

Cost: £15,000 – £100,000+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: At around 2,000 singles, Gray & Farrar’s database isn’t large. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality, at least according to Sweetingham.

As a member, you’ll be introduced to some of those elite singles. Contracts run for 12 months, with the price depending mostly on the scope of your search. The “Club” membership only includes matches from the internal database.

If you purchase a more expensive “Private Commissions” package starting at £100,000, Virginia Sweetingham’s daughter Claire Sweetingham will also search for matches beyond the database.

Founded In: 1993

Mairead Molloy, Berkeley International

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Mairead Molloy started her bespoke introduction agency for people who want a custom tailored matchmaking experience. Berkeley International is headquartered in London’s Berkeley Square, with 13 other offices across Europe as well as one in New York and Melbourne.

Clientele: A wide range of affluent singles from their early 20s to early 80s who are looking for a significant relationship.

Cost: £15,000 – £100,000+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: Membership contracts run for a year, and within that time frame you’ll get unlimited introductions. All the date details are arranged for you, and you’ll be meeting with singles pulled from Berkeley International’s database or scouted by the matchmaking team.

After each date, you can go over any feedback you have with your matchmaker.

How much Berkeley International will cost you depends on how customized you want your matchmaking package to be. As she told Business Insider, “It all depends on how discrete you want us to be, how much travelling you want me to do, how much of my team you need. The more tailored you want it — the more we charge. A lot of people need to be hand held and we'll look after them from start to finish.”

As many as half of Berkeley International’s membership travels to meet their matches. They have a “Nylon” service (New York to London) that flies clients back and forth on chartered jets.

Additional Services: Image consulting, concierge dating services

Founded In: 2001

Susie Ambrose, Seventy Thirty

Susie Ambrose London matchmaker

Susie Ambrose got the idea for her elite matchmaking service after realizing how difficult it was clients in her psychotherapy practice to find dates they considered serious relationship worthy. The name Seventy Thirty comes from a statistic she read saying successful people work 70% of the time, and spend the remaining 30% socializing.

They are headquartered in Knightsbridge, London, and work with a network of matchmakers across the globe.

Clientele: High net worth singles in their 30s to 60s who have the means to travel frequently to meet their matches.

Cost: £18,000 – £60,000+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: Seventy Thirty has approximately 2,000 members in its international database, with a couple hundred who are actively seeking love at any given time. If you decide to purchase a membership, you can expect to meet matches living all over the world.

Not unsurprisingly given her background as a psychotherapist, Ambrose says relationship psychology is the foundation of her matchmaking service. She analyzes each client’s characteristics, emotions and lifestyle, and uses that insight as a place to start finding matches with long-term relationship potential.

Founded In: 2001

Tina Bradley, Elan London Introductions

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Prior to founding Elan London Introductions, Tina Bradley ran an international digital media agency. But she’s always had a knack for matchmaking, and said she’s set up several friends who ended up marrying their matches. This elite dating agency is located in London’s Mayfair area.

Clientele: This upscale London dating agency is exclusive – they only accept about 30% of the singles who express interest in purchasing a membership.

Cost: £6,000 – £15,000+

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: Elan London matchmaking costs depend largely on the scope of your search. The basic package includes unlimited introductions but you’re limited to meeting singles from the database. If you want a broader search that spans multiple cities and includes recruiting matches from outside the database, that starts at £15,000.

Like most traditional matchmaking services, you’ll meet people who have been identified as compatible based on your list of preferences. When you agree to meet a match, contact information is exchanged and you’ll set up the date.

After each introduction, you can check in with your matchmaker and let her know how things went from your perspective, and also potentially receive helpful feedback you can apply to the next date.

Clients who purchase the more expensive membership options can also attend events organized for VIP members, such as dinner at a Michelin starred restaurant.

Founded In: 2012

Jill Kelleher & Amber Kelleher-Andrews, Kelleher International

Jill and Amber Kelleher

Unlike the others on this list, Kelleher International isn’t headquartered in London. This elite matchmaking service, run by mother/daughter duo Jill Kelleher and Amber Kelleher Andrews, is based in the US. While the headquarters are in California, they do have a matchmaking team in London.

Clientele: Kelleher matchmakers limit how many clients they’ll work with at a time, so they’re fairly selective. According to their website, they work with “successful and elegant” clients seeking the same qualities in an ideal partner.

Cost: $25,000 -$150,000+ (USD)

Contract Required: Yes

What To Expect: How much your matchmaking service costs depends mostly on how many cities you’d like your matchmaker to include when she’s pulling matches from the Kelleher database.

The least expensive option includes only London singles, while if you’d like to extend the search country-wide you’ll pay at least $45,000 (USD). Want to meet matches anywhere in the world? That runs at least $150,000 (USD). Having your matchmaking scout for singles outside the confines of their database will add to the price as well.

No matter which matchmaking package you decide on, your contract includes a 13-month commitment as well as a year’s worth of ‘hold’ time.

Whenever a potential match is located, your matchmaker will provide a description to each half. Provided there is mutual interest in meeting, you’ll receive contact information to make arrangements for the date. You’re also expected to check in with your matchmaker afterward with an update.

Founded In: 1986

Scott Valdez, VIDA Select

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VIDA is also an elite matchmaking service headquartered in the US, and helps singles find their perfect match anywhere in the world. And when it comes to London singles, VIDA’s matchmakers aren’t limited to an internal database. Instead, your matchmaking team will be selecting high-quality, compatible singles from the UK’s biggest dating pool.

Clientele: VIDA caters to successful, intelligent and relationship-minded CEOs, investors, consultants, business owners, etc.

Cost: $495 – $1,695 (USD), monthly

Contract Required: No

What To Expect: Potential clients start by answering a few screening questions online, then scheduling a complimentary phone consultation. The next step is choosing which membership package is the best fit.

Each option includes an unlimited number of matches, all pre-screened by you. You’re in control of who you meet, and you can base your decision off of full profiles, including photos.

VIDA’s matchmakers use the latest tech to access a nearly limitless pool of London singles, so you’ll never have to “settle” for meeting someone you already have reservations about the profile.

VIDA stands apart from other high-end matchmaking services in another regard as well – no contracts. Instead of signing a 6, 12, or even longer contract, VIDA clients pay monthly. No need to worry about ‘hold’ time!

And since you’re not paying up front for an entire year or more of service, if you end up meeting someone incredible in the first month of service – as clients often do – you’re not paying for search time you don’t need.

With VIDA, you only pay for each month you’d like to actively work with a matchmaker. You can stop any time, whether you want to date a match exclusively, take an extended trip, or any other reason. It’s luxury matchmaking that fits your schedule.

To find out more about how VIDA works, go here.

Founded In: 2009

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