ABOUT ORIGINAL DATING

Welcome to Original Dating - London's leading speed dating and
singles party company since 2003

Our dating events work and we genuinely believe in there's no easier, more fun way to meet people.

We've been around since speed dating first came about and we're proud to still be running successful events today. The company started by organising a monthly speed dating event in Clapham and we soon expanded the programme across London.

We later branched into larger scale parties and lots of other popular event formats and niche speed dating events. Since our launch​ the company has organised more than 3000 events and welcomed well over 100,000 clients.

Thousands of people have coupled up after attending our events and we've been responsible for a huge number of weddings over the years.

Our goal is simple. To organise well-attended, fun events in nice venues for nice people. We're pretty good at it and we thrive on the great feedback we receive.

We're not like some other operators in our market. We really care about giving our clients the best experience possible. We also guarantee that you'll meet at least one person you want to see again. So, if you don't - your next event is totally free of charge. We're proud to boast that most of our bookings come by recommendation so we must be doing something right!

In 2014, ​we released Mixeo, the world's first dating event icebreaker app our unique post-event matching system means you have the best chance of meeting someone, all totally rejection free. Why not book an event and give us a try?

ABOUT THE TEAM

We're based in Clapham and the company is run by a small but dedicated team of people.
Here's some more info about the team behind Original Dating.

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Andrew Summersgill

Founder and MD

Andrew is the founder and MD of Original Dating and started the company to meet a demand for high quality, well organised dating speed dating events and singles parties in London. He loves travelling the world, cooking and eating & drinking. The geek in him rather likes new technology too. Andrew worked for a couple of years in the conference and publishing business before starting Original Dating way back in 2003 when speed dating was new and he was a boy. Andrew is always interested in new ventures and partnerships both inside and outside of the dating industry so please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat.

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Stuart

Event Host

In real life, ​Stuart is an actor but when he's resting (that's the term, I think) he's one of our busiest and most popular event hosts. Stuart, who is originally from Edinburgh, is a lovely guy and always gets wonderful feedback from our clients. You'll normally meet Stuart at our busy events in St Pauls and in the West End.

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Charlie

Event Host

Charlie is a key member of our hosting team and quickly established himself as a true pro when it comes to running dating events. When he's not hosting nights for us you might see Charlie on TV as he's a presenter working for a number of TV stations. He's also a regular DJ at Ministry of Sound.

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Simon

Event Host

Simon joined our host line-up in 2015 and currently hosts several speed dating events every month. By day he's a teacher and lives in SW London. He's a fun, friendly guy and really knows what it takes to run a great event​. Meet Simon at our events in South West London.

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John

Marketing Manager and Blogger

As marketing manager, it's John's job to keep our events full of lovely single people for you to meet. He's also instrumental in planning our programme of events and parties. John's also a talented writer and you'll find a lot of his work on our blog. In his spare time, ​he's a stand-up comic, quiz master, film star (self-shot) and all round good egg. Previously was John was our longest standing host and there's nothing he doesn't know about running speed dating events.

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Ben

Event Host

Ben is an actor by trade and without knowing it you've probably seen him starring​ in some big budget TV commercials of late. His face is everywhere at the moment! A competent and conscientious host, Ben works hard to ensure our clients get the most from attending our events.

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Jason

Event Host

Hailing from the emerald isle, Jason adds some Irish charm to the Original Dating line-up. When he's not managing our events he's working as a teacher at schools across London. Jason is an enthusiastic host who really goes the extra mile to mark our events out from the rest.

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Kris

Developer Extraordinaire

Kris is the technical wizard behind the Original Dating website and our unique Mixeo mobile apps. He first joined the team way back 2004 and is an expert in so many computing technologies there's simply too many to list. Kris was responsible for building our first proper website and since then he's helped us keep our technology up to date, most recently putting together this rather clever responsive site. Kris is technical tour de force, a mathematical magician and a web wizard of the highest order and Andrew is very pleased to have someone of his coding calibre on the team. No amount of alliteration can fully sum up this man!

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YOU?

If you are interested in working for Original Dating please give us a shout. Include a covering letter explaining why you'd like to join us and what you can offer. We offer fun, highly sociable roles and we pay well.

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Online and mobile app matching

When you've met everyone at our speed dating event, you'll need to input your 'Yes', 'Frend' and 'No' preferences into our Mixeo mobile app or via our website. When matches are published (around 10am the next day) we'll send the people you matched with straight to the Mixeo app on your phone and your account on our website.

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