Lovestruck and Guardian Soulmates Win Top Prizes at UK Dating Awards


Lovestruck and Guardian Soulmates were the big winners at the UK Dating Awards last night.

The event, created by Charly Lester, was held at the Honourable Artillery Company’s Prince Consort Rooms in London.

Hosted by Channel 4 presenter Rick Edwards, the event celebrated the best in UK-based online dating, events, bloggers and matchmakers.

There were 26 categories, each award judged by a panel of industry experts from various corners of the industry.

Lovestruck came away with two of the biggest awards of the night – winning Dating Website of the Year and Dating App of the Year.

They beat the three highly commended sites Guardian Soulmates, Smooch and Toyboy Warehouse, along with Just Singles, Telegraph Dating and Zoosk.

The London-based company founded by Brett Harding and Laurence Holloway also won Best Singles Party.

Guardian Soulmates won Daters’ Favourite Website and Best Dating Related Advert.

Although not present, Tinder were awarded an honorary Trailblazer award, for “the dramatic effect which the application has had on the dating industry over the past 18 months.”

Other winners were London startup TrueView, who won Newcomer App of the Year and Christian Connection, who were awarded Religious Dating Site of the Year.

Newcomer Website of the Year was given to Inner Circle, who also came away with Best London Dating Event.

Dating entrepreneur of the year was given to Toyboy Warehouse’s Mike Bandar and James Vardy.

See the full list of nominees and winners, in bold, below:

Websites & Apps

Dating Website of the Year
Guardian Soulmates (Highly Commended)
Smooch Dating (Highly Commended)
The Telegraph Dating
Toyboy Warehouse (Highly Commended)

Best Newcomer Dating App
Happn (Highly Commended)
Willow (Highly Commended)
Would Like to Meet

Dating App of the Year
Plenty of Fish

Daters’ Favourite Website
Christian Connection
Guardian Soulmates
Just Singles
Muddy Matches
My Single Friend
Mature Love

The Founder’s Award

Best Religious Site
Faith Dating
Christian Connection
JW Match

Best Newcomer Dating Site
Inner Circle
My Mate Your Date (Highly Commended)

Best Specialist Dating Site
Christian Connection (Highly Commended)
Classic FM Romance
Matchmaker’s Circle
Muddy Matches
Saga Connections
Tall Dating
Toyboy Warehouse (Highly Commended)


Best Singles Party
Social Concierge
Date in a Dash
Love & Lust London

Most Original Dating Event
Guardian Soulmates
Pheromone Parties (Highly Commended)
Single Solution
Yoga Dating

Best Speed Dating Event
Events for Christians
Date in a Dash
Pop Up Speed Dating

Best Food/Drink Dating Event
Elect Club Classic
The Inner Circle
Table 8

Best London Dating Event
Events for Christians
Date in a Dash
Guardian Soulmates
Inner Circle
Love & Lust London
Table 8 (Highly Commended)

Safer Dating
The Inner Circle
Would Like to Meet (Highly Commended)
TacticsON (Highly Commended)


Dating Journalist of the Year
Daisy Buchanan (Highly Commended)
Lisa Reich
Andy Jones
Lucy Gardner
Sophie Goddard

Best Blogger
Alexia Charalambous
Caroline Brealey
Chris Rooney
Jordi Sinclair
Katy Horwood
Nana Wereko-Brobby
Susan Durham

Dating Entrepreneur
Caroline Brealey
Jack Knowles
Adrianna Taylor
Madeleine Mason & Dan Williams
Laura Gub
Michael Bandar & James Vardy (Turn Partners)
Michael O’Sullivan
Saskia Nelson
Sophie Personne
Susie Ambrose

Matchmaker of the Year
Lemarc Thomas
Mary Balfour (Highly Commended)
Picnic Project
Caroline Brealey
Sue Sherring
Vida Consultancy

Dating Expert of the Year
Adam Lyons
Andy Jones (Highly Commended)
James Preece
Jean Smith
Jo Hemmings
Madeleine Mason
Mary Balfour
Saskia Nelson


Best New Dating Individual
Alex Rowley
Eden Blackman (Highly Commended)
Joss Wyatt
Laura Yates
Lisa Palmer
Madeleine Mason
Nadia Essex
Natalie Alexander
Saskia Nelson
Sophie Personne
Suzie Parkus

Best TV Dating Show
Dinner Date
Ex On The Beach
First Dates
Sexy Beasts (Highly Commended)
I Wanna Marry Harry (Highly Commended)

Best Newcomer, Dating Blog
Kissing 100 frogs
Life & Love
Urban Social

Best Dating Blog
Kissing 100 Frogs
All Sweetness and Love
Toyboy Warehouse
WeLoveDates (Highly Commended)
Zoe Strimpel

Best Dating Column
Elle Undateable
Sex and the Single Guy
Guardian Blind Date

Best Dating Related Advert
Christian Connection
Guardian Soulmates

Best Magazine for Dating Advice
Marie Claire