Caroline Brealey holds the title of the world’s top matchmaker – and she’s not deceived by the corporate character of Wharfers.
The founder of Mutual Attraction has rooted out a romantic streak in the glass and steel towers.
She’s spent the past four years tapping into the heart of the Canary Wharf estate, clocking up a relationship record of three marriages and four engagements.
“Everyone we work with is looking for a lasting relationship and life partner,” said the bride-to-be, who won her title at the iDate awards.
“That could mean marriage, it might not, but they all want that special someone.”
Clients splash out £3,900 every three months for the promise of a date every 10 days but she shrugs off comparisons with ostentatious US TV star, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger.
The presenter is famed for her sharp opinions, dislike of curls and cringeworthy “mixers” for the rich.
“I see matchmakers who try to be like Patti and they’re only going to be here three months,” she said.
“We work with real people, real Londoners, and we’re more caring.
“It sounds naff, but we genuinely get to know the clients and we want to do our best.
“I’d never talk to them like Patti does – they’d probably ask for a refund.”
However a dating guide for guys draws parallels with Patti’s rules.
She says the man’s role is arranging a date and picking up the final bill.
Caroline, who lives in South Quay, said: “The single men in their 30s here are professional, into the gym and focussed on work.
“They’ve got busy jobs but have to do normal things outside of work too so, unless they actively do something to find someone, the chances of jumping into a relationship are quite slim.
“And the women say ‘I don’t want to meet anyone from work’.
“A lot of the clients have dabbled in online dating and, when they do have time, they don’t want to spend it on websites or emailing people who will disappear after suggesting a meet up.
“In London, everyone always thinks it’s so easy because there are so many people but people just don’t make an effort.”
Canary Wharf’s relationship guru switched from a role in the charity sector following a string of failed dates and experiences with stuffy, middle-aged matchmakers.
She’s since built up her business with two others and a host of headhunters who have collated 2,500 potential daters on its books.
“I feel really lucky to do something I enjoy and when couples get together, it’s amazing,” she said.
Go to mutualattraction.co.uk for more information.