And – here’s the crunch – it costs between £10,000 and £50,000 to join.It sounds like a mind-boggling amount of money to me, but with 12 offices around the world and more to follow, they’re clearly doing something right.When someone says it out loud it’s surprisingly difficult to hear.Like everyone I’ve become so used to virtual interaction, and to an ill-defined dating life characterised with shades of grey, that the whole experience felt quite alien. We cushion our interactions with the opposite sex with euphemisms and half-truths, lest we hurt their feelings or they hurt ours.Mainly because the emphasis was on getting to know each other – there was no expectation that we’d be going home together at the end of the night (as Mairead had already said “it’s certainly not a shag-fest”).
“People are more discerning now – they care about wealth, family background, DNA,” she explains.
So, when I was asked if I wanted to try out Berkley International, a personal dating service for the slightly more discerning patron, it seemed like a nice change of pace.
Essentially, if Tinder is Clapham High Street; Berkeley International is Cannes.
Are you new to modern dating’s selfies, swiping, ghosting, and catfishing?
Even if you’ve been at it for a while, you’re still likely feeling overwhelmed and frustrated by it all.