It was pounds, of course; we were sitting in a Chelsea pub, not in the West Village. In exclusive dating as in life generally, much comes down to happenstance.
Far more effective for me have been events where it is possible to meet several people on the same night.
One curiosity throughout these match-made dates was that I, the man, invariably felt an obligation to foot all bar and restaurant bills.
This was, apparently, the norm in these higher-end dating arrangements: Why should this be, in an era of greater gender equality?
Matchmaking services are emerging with increasingly adventurous fee structures — particularly in central London, which has more than its fair share of wealthy singles.
Discretion and privacy are understandably sought by all involved, making it hard to get a reliable gauge of the success rate of these services before joining — or even indeed how they operate.
The Picnic Project is a bespoke agency set up by Suze Cook, a former marketing manager at Microsoft, who spotted ways to improve the dating process while she was single.
Copyright The Financial Times Limited Follow the topics in this article.
A good fun night, the broadcast let easier than I central it would.
Related article Why spend thousands on a matchmaker when there are so many free apps? Less straightforward was my attempt to get that profile memorialised in the contract somehow.
Yet my matchmaker was very good at not using aggressive sales tactics.