Living in a cool city may have its strong-wifi and good coffee perks but it also makes the dating game an extortionate labyrinth. You want to come across a debonaire baller who doesn't blink at £12 mojitos (£12!?) but your panicked eyes are fooling nobody.
Luckily according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research you're not alone in balking at how much a date can add up to. A new study they conducted has found that couples in the UK spend an average of £127 between them per date. This is "more than twice" as much spent in countries like France (£46), Italy (£47) and Sweden (£41).
Does this include an Uber back to the home counties? An optimistic mini-break booked in the toilet after your George Osborne joke went down well?
No: the breakdown in fact gets you £10.26 on transport, £69.26 on food and drink between two people and £6.41 on ...gifts? Who is rocking up with a secret santa present? Make yourself known.
Here's the full list:
Transport - £10.26
Entertainment, restaurants and pubs - £69.26
Gifts - £6.41
Hairdressers - £7.70
Cosmetics - £5.13
Clothes - £20.52
Contraceptives - £2.57
Eating in - £5.13
The research surveyed over 9,600 people globally and 1,750 of those were in the UK. Interestingly the results showed that dating contributes £5.89bn to the UK economy every year.
If that sounds like a rip off don't worry - the research also showed a growing trend of UK daters forgoing a night out, with a £153m increase on eating in during a date, which means asking "wanna come over to my place?" is more justifiable than ever.