Nature ran its course: Ollie ended up dating one of them.Of course, if luck isn’t on your side, try the more traditional approach of chatting her up in the queue.
Striking up conversations will be easily, especially with a strategically placed book on your table to draw her in (make sure you've read it, mind).
It's not just the fellow customers who could catch your eye.
Given the unwritten British rule that forbids anyone to utter a word on public transport, you have to play this one right.
Get it wrong and you'll come across as creepy; get it right and you’ll be John Hannah in Sliding Doors.
Believe me, a romance that blossoms on the Tube doesn’t just happen in films.
After some serious eye contact, I once gave a business card to a French girl during rush hour. Night buses are also prime chat-up territory – along with flying or travelling by train, if you strike gold with your seat number. Everyone pretends they're beavering away on something important, but in reality, most library-goers spend their days lusting after all the unexpectedly hot people they encounter rifling through ancient manuscripts.
A friend of mine even met his girlfriend while competing in a triathlon and they fell head over handlebars in love. The queue for the ladies had been so long they'd taken their chances next door.
Later in the night, Ollie and his friends saw the girls at the bar, bought them a drink and laughed off the incident.
In a hectic world where even online dating and Tinder are fast becoming passé, many single men are favouring the calculated circumstantial route to dating as they hope to meet their match in the most unlikely of places.
Blending my own (limited and highly dubious) experiences, those of my friends, as well as a total stranger I approached in a cafe (in between attempts to pick up women, of course), here's a rundown of ten alternative places to find your future girlfriend – or crash and burn trying.
This became clear when I looked after my friend's dog for mere minutes while she did her groceries.