Mind The Gap caught up with two single British women who know their way around the modern New York dating scene, where most of the groundwork is now done online.

“Meeting people in London was a lot more straightforward,” says Temi, 27, a Brooklynite of two-and-a-half years. The best thing is I’ve met some really cool and interesting people and stayed friends with them.” It takes longer for relationships to get serious in the U.

Sign on with Sparkology, says Abigail – one of the few dating sites that you actually have to spend money to join.

“Being an expat, you don’t have that established group of people to introduce you around.” So Temi turned to online dating. S., she explains, so there are typically no hard feelings if things don’t work out after a few months.

“I thought it was a bit creepy at first, and I never would have used dating sites back home,” she says. Abigail Claire, 26, who moved to Manhattan nearly five years ago, is a U. “There’s a guy who I dated for five or six months and I just moved to his neighborhood,” says Abigail.

“If I bumped into him on the street I’d say, ‘Let’s go for coffee.’ If I bumped into one of my ex-boyfriends in Britain, I don’t think I’d be as forthcoming.” But be warned single ladies in NYC: not everyone you’ll meet online is friend-worthy, let alone bed-worthy.

“For two hours, all one guy talked about was food and the science of food,” Abigail recalls.

In a Manhattan restaurant you can convince yourself you’ve left the city behind, in Central Park, almost before you become aware of the subtle transition, the city leaves you.

But things have changed a bit since Carrie and Samantha were NYC’s queen bees.

“Because you have to pay for it, there are more serious people on there.” One problem with dating in the U. K., you pretty much know after four dates or so whether it’s going somewhere, and it’s exclusive very early.

S., says Temi, is that Americans like to take their time. Here, you can be in a situation where you’re seeing someone for three months, they could be dating other people and you’re not calling each other boyfriend and girlfriend. “I once went on two dates in one night: a Tinder date straight after work, then I had to make an excuse and leave to meet the guy from Ok Cupid.

With the aid of a stylish roofed carriage, it is one of the few Central Park activities that can be enjoyed in the rain, and it is also particularly beautiful in the winter time.