The agency was set up 12 years ago by former hotelier Mairead Molloy when she saw a gap in the market for a high-end, personal dating service.
They don’t use algorithms to match their clients, everything is based on personal introductions, the feedback they accumulate from you after each date you go on, and a good dose of gut instinct.
The man calls you, the man arranges the date, the man picks you up, none of this ‘I’ll meet you at the tube at seven’ business. We didn’t go anywhere ridiculously expensive, for one date we went Dutch, for another he paid.
Despite this, it still stings a bit when I hear that one of my dates agrees with my assessment.Normally, if you go out with someone and don’t feel like there’s much chemistry, you just stop replying to their text messages.The other party gets the message pretty quickly, and that’s the end of that.Before I get ready to go on my dates, I meet Mairead to discuss my possible matches (Mairead deals with the international business, while the lovely Jo manages the London office and usually deals with local clients).“People are more discerning now – they care about wealth, family background, DNA,” she explains.
Sometimes my love life feels like a late night trip to the fried chicken shop.