One of the great things about a city like London is the huge mix of people living here – all nationalities, all ages, all personality types, and from all walks of life.
Yet many of us go through life living in a bubble, meeting the same people day in day out, failing to truly engage with our wonderfully diverse surroundings, missing out on the opportunities and experiences offered by living in one of the world's most absorbing and intriguing cities.
If you like it that way, that's fine. But if you feel there's something lacking in your life, if you'd like to broaden your horizons a little and learn a little more about the city and its people, then consider talking to strangers.
Before you roll your eyes and start thinking this article is going to suggest you sit on a bench in Hyde Park calling out to random passers-by in the vain hope of striking up a conversation, let me explain.
About once a month, somewhere in London (usually in a cosy old pub), there's an event called Talking to Strangers. Organised by a Londoner called Tom, Talking to Strangers brings together a wide range of people who would simply like to enjoy a bit of a chin-wag with someone they've never met before. It's not about dating and it's not about networking. It's about chatting.
As Tom explains on the event's website: "This group aims to give us a chance to meet up for some interesting conversations with people we have never met, to enrich our lives and help us learn more about how the world works."
All you have to do is hop over to the event's website, join the group, and wait for notification of the next gathering.
If you can make it along, you let the organiser know in advance, and then simply turn up on the day. A small fee of about £3 is usually required, but that's pretty much it. Looking at the list of past events, the number of people turning up varies greatly – there may be as few as 15 or as many as 100 in attendance. Either way, it should make for a fun afternoon or evening.
To find out more, check out the Talking to Strangers website here.