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    Hey, I'm 23, male, recently moved to London from Cornwall where I've lived all my life. I've moved to London to pursue a career in PR/Marketing, I'm currently working for a top national firm.
    My only issue is that I literally have no friends, and I don't know how to go about making any? The people I work with are all much older than me and have different out of work interests.
    Any advice on how to go about making new friends and meeting new people?

    Hi there, I'm sorry you didn't get a reply. If you have a preferred sport, join a club in London and talk to people there. You could join any club like that as per your interests and talk to new people. I'm sure you'll find new friends soon

    Definitely find a club. It could be sports or non sporty. It will help you meet people with new people.

    I had a similar issue when I moved to Lisbon. I was in a foreign country and had no friends. I wasn't very religeous but had just started to be interested in Christianity, then a friend came to visit in my second month here and insisted on going to church. I have made loads of friends through church.

    You find that you only need to meet the odd few people and then they invite you to things and you make new friends. I have made friends too by just having drinks in a bar with collegues and random conversations with people there. I made a good friend at Christmas as we sat next to each other on the flight to London.

    So don't worry it will work out. If you want me to summerise this would be my advice:
    - Research and find a club/organisation you might be interested in. London should have loads.
    - Make the most of any social situation. You may not have much in common with your collegues but go out with them you might meet their friends or other people who you get on with better. Also you feel awkard ging for a drink by yourself.
    - I don't know if it is the same there but in Lisbon there is a branch of an international Meet Up organisation which is useful that is apparently good. I can't go as I work evenings and most of the events are then.
    - Look out for events advertised such as on Facebook. You might see something sociable that you could meet people at. Here I also look at the Erasmus groups for events for international students. They often have events where they are very welcoming.
    - Just try and be sociable. Speak to people and bring up conversation. It is a bit scary at first but you get used to it. Best way is to listen to convos around you and if it is a topic you know or like just say, "I am sorry to interupt but I overheard... and I think...".

    I hope this has been of help to you in some way. I do hope you make friends. It is daunting I know but like I said you just need one or 2 people and then it gets a lot easier.
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