Looking for an alternative to Backpage to find some adult fun in London?
Since the popular personals/classified site, Backpage, went offline, the opportunities for finding no-strings attached adult fun got a whole lot slimmer. Known for offering contact details for everything from erotic massage to escorts, friends with benefits to casual encounters, Backpage in London has left a gap in the market.
In this feature, we take a look at just why the popular hook up and adult service website, Backpage, has disappeared plus give you some alternatives to use in London.
What Was Backpage?
Despite originally offering a similar service to Craigslist with a good range of categories to advertise household items for sale, local services and community gigs, Backpage was most well-known for its personals section; in particular, the adult dating/services section.
Offering everything from escorts, massage, strippers and phone sex to BDSM and swinger contacts, the adult section was in use across its global network for paid sexual services, hook-ups and more.
What Happened to Backpage?
If you haven’t already heard then Backpage is dead. On 6th April 2018, the popular personal classified site was seized by the U.S. authorities under investigations led by the F.B.I., the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service.
The action followed a period of close scrutiny into the operators of the business after the site came under fire in 2017. Accusations that Backpage was involved sexual exploitation of minors and sex trafficking resulted in some changes made to the structure of the site’s categories but many advertisers simply moved them to a new area.
In 2018, the site was finally closed down and the CEO subsequently pleaded guilty to federal charges in the U.S. of facilitating money laundering conspiracy to facilitate prostitution.
Alternatives to Backpage in London (Adult Fun)
The wider ramifications of the action have been felt across the classified directory world with the similar, and very popular, website Craigslist having now pulled its personals section from many international sites.
So, where are people offering legitimate adult services or dating opportunities now advertising?
Fortunately, London has quite a few alternatives to Backpage and we’ve explored the most popular ones in this list. Of course, it depends on what you are looking for by ‘adult fun’ so, we’ve covered as many angles in this respect as possible. However, if you are looking for an alternative to the hook-ups from Backpage then you might want to read our guide to Casual Encounters in London: How to Find FWB.
Classified listings are derived from the traditional back page of newspapers and usually offer a diverse range of private ads. Sometimes offering a mixture of second hand goods for sale as well as personal services, situations vacant and personals, there are some sites covering London that offer more adult fun than on ebay.
A free local classified ads website covering all areas of the UK, Viva Street has several categories for advertising that are similar to those originally offered by Backpage, including:
- Free Personals
- Adult Dating
- Adult Entertainment
In London there are almost 1900 listings for escort and massage services, 260+ swingers and 740+ within adult dating.
A quick glance at the details of the ads themselves and there is a range of everything on offer here from friends with benefits to lonely hearts. A free to use site, Viva Street has good coverage across the area.
It’s not just the name of this site that is like the obsolete Backpage but the whole design will be familiar too. Bedpage popped on to the global scene a little before Backpage went down and was no doubt the brainchild of someone who had been closely following the inevitable demise of the original site.
As well as offering the same range of innocuous classifieds like second hand goods, jobs and real estate, you can also find a big choice of categories in the ‘Adult’ and ‘Dating’ section, including:
- Body Rubs
- Dom & Fetish
- Phones & Websites
- Strippers & Strip Clubs
- TS and TG
- Men for Women
The site is free to use and although relatively new is picking up traffic in most of its advertising areas; from being ranked lower than a millionth in January 2018, it is now ranked in the top 10,000 websites worldwide. With more than 82,000 visitors per month in the UK, the fortunes of many escorts in London will rest on the success of Backpage’s successor.
With Backpage not quite cold in the ground there is yet more traction for copycat sites using the same design, and name. eBackpage is another wannabe offering exactly the same categories as both Bedpage and Backpage.
The site is not yet as popular as Bedpage with only around 12,000 UK visitors each month. However, the world is big enough for more than one Backpage alternative in London and this site offers another option.
After the spotlight of negative attention on personal classifieds sites, the other big player in the adult fun market, Craigslist took the decision to remove its personal listings from all of its international sites.
Despite the loss of its cornerstone ‘Dating’ category, Craigslist is still attracting a good deal of ads offering adult fun in London. These are a little harder to find now but the ‘Services’ section has some interesting listings.
At the time of our review you could engage the services of a naked cleaner, sensual masseuse and even find Dom couples looking for Sub men.
It may not be long before Craigslist begins to fade into a distant memory of the casual encounter capital of the classifieds world but, for the time being, there’s still some life in the old dog yet.
A nationwide web classifieds, this site predates the closure of Backpage in London but has certainly seen traffic increase over the last few months.
Offering a range of categories to browse and in which to advertise, UK Classifieds has a good mix of adult fun to choose from, including:
- London Adult Chat & Webcam Services
- London Escort Services
- London Personal Services
- London Friendship/Companion Required
There is also a good dating section which has a range of options for casual encounters and lonely hearts.
At the time of writing our review (May 2018), there were more than 4000 listings across the site.
London has many independent and agency escorts working across the city and you will e hard pushed not to find the company of a lady to spend an evening with using the main directories. There are also several classified sites where escorts advertise as well as agencies.
Of course, hiring an escort is purely for companion services only and what takes place between consenting adults in private is outside of the realms of this feature….
Our selection of the best sites to find an escort in London are based on a range of budgets and factor in those sites that offer diversity and volume:
Kommons International is a popular website for escorts to advertise. In total the site reaches an audience of around half a million visitors with more than four out of five of these being from the UK.
Also popular in Spain, Germany and Austria, Kommons is free to use and features the details of thousands of escorts in London. At the time of our review, the site had more than 10,000 women registered as providing services in the capital.
It’s a pretty basic website as far as design goes but you can use the filters to sort listings by location, services, nationality and some physical attributes.
Prices across the site vary enormously with some budget options under £100 per hour and some premium listings at over £500.
Top Escort Babes
Top Escort Babes is just one of dozens of directories for independent escorts in London and also has a great coverage of other UK and European cities.
It has over 4000 listings for escorts working in London with a huge range of nationalities, rates and services.
The site itself has some good filter options which means you can easily find an escort to suit your needs and your wallet.
Free to use and with a solid reputation for a good verification process, Top Escort Babes is one of the best escort directories for London.
A UK based that has a range of independent and agency escorts, this classified directory has less listings that Top Escort Babes but tends to have a great quality.
Search functionality is also more limited but you can choose by location, nationality, service and in-call/out-call options.
UK Adult Zone
UK Adult Zone is a classified directory primarily servicing an adult audience. Unlike Bedpage, eBackpage and other sites, it doesn’t try to be all things to all people. Instead, UK Adult Zone provides free advertising to escorts, agencies and massage parlours across the UK.
There are good sub-categories including:
- Nuru Massage
- Tantric Massage
- Couples Escorting
The site isn’t well populated with ads but it does offer an alternative, albeit on the budget end of the scale
Best London Femdom
As the name implies, this is a good choice for locating mistresses and dommes in the capital.
Essentially a domination and femdom listing portal, you’ll find a selection of ladies offering specialist services in the BDSM scene. Available services include: cuckold and chastity, anal/pegging, kidnap, trampling, breath control and more.
You can find more details of escorts and general information on the sex scene of London in our feature guide, London Escorts and Sex Guide. We also have a feature guide on the best options for body rubs in London.
Featured image via backpage.com
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