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ABOUT ORIGINAL DATING

Welcome to Original Dating - the 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 in South West London and we soon expanded the programme across the city and beyond.

We later branched into parties and lots of other popular event formats and niche speed dating events. Since our launch​ the company has organised more than 6000 events and welcomed well over 250,000 clients.

Thousands of people have coupled up after attending our events and we've been responsible for a lot of weddings too.

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

We're not like other operators in our market. We're professional, do this full-time and 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 free of charge. We're proud to boast that most of our bookings come by recommendation so we must be doing something right.

Why not book an event and give us a try?

Reviews

Usman - 15 Jul 2022
Verified Attendee

People were really nice and the hostess was amazing. Really high spirited and kept the good vibes flowing.

Original Dating Reply

Amazing, thanks very much for the feedback.

Kassy - 15 Jul 2022
Verified Attendee

It was a fun venue. Age range leant towards the older side and I’d have preferred more around my age. I preferred the host to most of the other guests 😅

Original Dating Reply

He's certainly a charmer! Best of luck with your matches.

Claire - 3 Jul 2022
Verified Attendee

Well run, nice people, lovely venue

Original Dating Reply

Thanks Claire, glad you enjoyed the event. Hope to see you at another one soon!

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.

Andrew Summersgill

Founder

Andrew started Original Dating way, way back in 2003 when speed dating was new and he was just a boy. Fast forward fifteen years or so and the company is now leading the way in the live dating events market. Andrew loves London but also travelling the world. He counts cooking, gadgets and camping amongst his hobbies. He's always interested in new ventures and partnerships both inside and outside of the dating space so please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat.

Kris

Developer Extraordinaire

Kris is the coding wiz behind the Original Dating website. He joined the team way, way back 2004 and is an expert in so many web 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 platforms up to date. 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.

Charlie

Event Host

If you're looking for a true dating pro, Charlie's your man. He brings an easy charm to proceedings and the know-how to make any dating event run like clockwork. When he's not hosting nights for us you might see Charlie doing his day-job as a TV presenter. Just Google 'Charlie ladder incident' to see him on YouTube, you won't regret it.

Joshua

Event Host

Born and raised in California, Joshua brings a stateside vibrancy, charm and charisma to any event he's part of. His enthusiasm makes him one of our most popular hosts. Choose an event with Joshua at the helm and you're in for a very entertaining night.

Al

Event Host

Al is one of our newest additions to the Original Dating team and he's already an invaluable member. He brings bags of charm to his events and certainly makes them entertaining. You can expect a fun night and a lot of laughs when Al is hosting.

Jake

Event Host

Jake is born and raised in Derby but has recently moved to London which is great news for our events in The Capital. With his unfaltering enthusiasm, Jake brings a warm and exciting energy to proceedings. Jake's a natural host and is sure to make your event a fantastic night out.

Kathryn

Event Host

When Kathryn isn't hosting our speed dating events in Buckinghamshire you'll find her with a set of headphones behind some turn tables, as she's also a DJ. Kathryn presents on the box making her the coolest addition to the Original Dating team. Kathryn has all the chat, as well as the Irish craic and she's sure to make your event a fun night.

Jack

Event Host

Jack, is one cool customer and is the new recruit to team Original Dating. You'll be in for a breeze with Jack hosting as his chilled and professional approach ensures you have a relaxed night getting to know people. Jack's so laid back he's almost horizontal.

Matt

Event Host

Matt is one of our newest additions and he's taken to the role of speed dating host like a duck to water. This may be because of his performance background and experience on stage and screen. One of his many talents is improvised comedy so expect a gag-filled evening with this quick witted fellow at the wheel.

Emily

Event Host

Emily is originally a Midlands lass but now resides in Essex and you might find her at one of our Chelmsford or Southend events. She's our latest addition to the Original Dating team and is certainly a chatty one. With Emily at the helm, you're sure to have a fun and smooth event, she's a natural.

Tara

Event Host

Tara is the latest addition to Team Original Dating and has extensive experience in the events industry. As a local Essex lass you'll more than likely find her at our Essex events and you're sure to be in for a great night with Tara running the show.

Lauren

Event Host

Lauren is based in Kent and will more often than not will be hosting our dating events in Maidstone. Lauren is full of life and loves to chat and you won't find a friendlier host . With Lauren calling the shots you'll be sure to have a great time and a very sociable evening.

Daniel

Event host

Daniel heads up our Derby speed dating team. Daniel is a natural host with an abundance of charm and he goes above and beyond to make our events the very best they can be. Book an event with Dan in charge and you're certain of a great night.

Joe

Event Host

Joe has recently come onboard at Original Dating but you'd think he'd been doing it for years and he's one cool customer. Friendly, helpful and funny are just a few attributes that make Joe a great event host. If you're at one of Joe's events you're in for a smooth ride so kick back, relax and enjoy the event.

Ed

Event Host

It's always a fun event when our host Ed is on the mic. Not only is Ed a fab speed dating host but he's also a cracking stand up comedian. So buckle up for a gag packed evening meeting new people that's sure to leave you laughing all the way home.

Paul

Event Host

Hosting is second nature to Paul. Alongside our events Paul can also be found leading guided tours around famous city landmarks, as well as running the local escape rooms in Canterbury. With Paul's calm and attentive style, he brings a relaxed atmosphere to our events, that won't leave you looking for the exit.

Katherine

Event Host

Please give a warm welcome to Katherine, a presenter by day and your host for the evening. Katherine brings a fun and professional style to our events. If you're looking for a good night out and a seamless event then Katherine's your gal.

Sam

Event Host

Sam is an all round nice guy and we couldn't be more chuffed to have him as part of our team. Sam goes that extra mile to make sure you have a great time and he always has a smile on his face.

Peter

Event Host - Manchester

Peter is a star of stage, screen and now star of the Manchester speed dating scene. He join Original Dating's team of crack hosts in Manchester bringing you the very best dating events every time.

Wendi

Host - Kent

Introducing the host for our events in Kent, Wendi. She's is a born match maker and absolutely loves playing cupid. Wendi enjoys yoga and has a keen interest in all things spiritual.

Stuart

Host - Edinburgh

Stuart is one of the newest additions to the Original Dating team and we’re delighted to have him on board for our Edinburgh events. With his natural rapport with people and his sense of fun you are in safe hands. He has hosted various events and if you think you’ve seen him before, you probably have. Fun fact: He’s a TV gameshow regular!

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HOW IT WORKS

The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.