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Why looking for love could be a walk in the park

Londoners who frequently walk their dog in Brockwell Park are almost twice as likely to find love or be asked on a date than those who walk in Epping Forest, according to the Kennel Club.

A survey revealed 62 percent of Londoners in Brockwell have been asked on a date or fallen in love, whilst out and about with their dog, or as a result of somebody else's dog.

This was followed by:

  • St James Park (61 percent)
  • Regents Park (58 percent)
  • Kensington Gardens (57 percent)
  • Green Park (55 percent)
  • Alexandra Park (52 percent)
  • Wandsworth Common and Greenwich Park (50 percent)
  • Bushy Park and Hampstead Heath and Bushy Park (48 percent)
  • By contrast Londoners are much less likely to be asked on a date or find love if they frequently walk in Clapham Common (40 percent), Richmond Park (35 percent) or Epping Forest (33 percent)

Of course, whilst the benefits of dog ownership are profound - from the potential for an increased social circle, to how dogs help us to unwind through a daily walk and a hug - it isn't and shouldn't be for everybody. But our research shows that Londoners are leading increasingly busy and disconnected lives, where it is possible to go for weeks on end without so much as a hug, so our pop up cuddle corner at Discover Dogs, gives people the chance to take time to unwind, and meet and pet a four legged friend. It's a real slice of doggy heaven.

The research was commissioned ahead of the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event, taking place on 20-21 October at ExCeL London, where people can meet their perfect doggie match

– Kennel Club