How to make friends in London | CBRE Residential

How to make friends in London: we made a list of the best meetups in the city to save you some time!




As one of the world’s leading financial, cultural and social hubs, London is a vibrant and endlessly fascinating city which attracts people from all over the world looking to carve out a new life for themselves.

But it can be difficult to meet new people and the question of how to make friends in London is one that many new arrivals struggle with, especially those moving to the city alone. The most important thing to remember here is that there are always lots of others in the same boat – so there’s no need to fret. You just have to make sure you put yourself out there so that you can meet some of them!

If you’re wondering how to meet people in London, we’ve assembled a list of some of the best Meetups in the capital (the largest of which have tens of thousands of members!) to help you settle in.

Read on to find out more.

Outdooraholics London

If you’re looking to get up close and personal with the great outdoors during your time in London, then Outdooraholics London is the Meetup group for you.

The group has organised over 1,700 hiking trips, including day walks and weekend hiking trips at home as well as excursions abroad.






The London Cultureseekers Group

For the culture vultures among you, the London Cultureseekers Group should be one of your first ports of call upon arriving in the city.

It regularly organises an eclectic range of events, from history talks to museum, theatre and art gallery trips.



Free Expat, Travelers and World Citizen Events in London

Meeting new people in London can be especially challenging for people moving from abroad, but the Free Expat, Travelers and World Citizen Events in London group is here to help.

It puts London-based expats from all over the world in touch with one another, and organises weekly socials as well as many other events.

The Sock Mob Homeless Volunteer Network

Volunteering, as well as being socially valuable in its own right, can also be a really good way of meeting new people while doing something positive.

The Sock Mob Homeless Volunteer Network works with London’s homeless, bringing them basic material necessities to help alleviate some of their most urgent hardships.

LGBT+ 20s and 30s

For younger LGBT+ people trying to get settled and meet new people in London, the local LGBT+ 20s and 30s group offers a friendly welcome and an introduction to the city.

It organises a diverse range of socials and other events, all with an inclusive atmosphere to help you forge new friendships and connections.




Silicon Roundabout

For new Londoners looking to make connections in the city’s buzzing tech sector, the Silicon Roundabout Meetup group provides a great way to get acquainted with it. The group brings together entrepreneurs and specialists from across the tech industry and organises regular events, including talks from expert speakers.





The London Philosophy Club

Looking for something intellectually stimulating and challenging? In that case, the London Philosophy Club could be just what you need.

Claiming to be the world’s biggest philosophy club, the group has played host to talks from big-name thinkers, including John Gray and Robert Skidelsky among numerous others.


The First London Book Club

Bookworms setting out on a new life in the capital may also want to check out the First London Book Club, which meets monthly and concentrates mainly on fiction books as voted for by its members.

The club also organises other events including guided walks and theatre trips.