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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

John - 1 Dec 2021
Verified Attendee

Fun event, very relaxed, nice people

Original Dating Reply

Thanks John, great to hear!

Lewis - 22 Nov 2021
Verified Attendee

It was my first time going to a speed dating event, and I enjoyed it very much. It was just the sort of thing you need, regarding the pandemic, a chance to meet new people.

Original Dating Reply

Thanks Lewis, we're really happy to see you enjoyed the night

Tom - 21 Nov 2021
Verified Attendee

Marvelous experience. Thank you.

Original Dating Reply

Tom, you are a star - thanks for your review.

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.

Stuart

Business Development Director

Hailing from bonnie Scotland, Stuart is not just our lead host but also our marketing man here at Original Dating towers. He brings a warm, charismatic and friendly energy to our events. His experience shows and over the years he's developed the ability to time a four minute date without using a stopwatch. Spooky. Stuart would walk 500 miles. And he will walk 500 more to make your dating event the best ever.

Kris

Developer Extraordinaire

Kris is the coding wiz behind the Original Dating website. He joined the team 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 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.

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.

Mia

Event Host

Bubbly, vivacious, warm, and charming are all words that describe Mia to a tee. Mia is our host with the most and you'll usually find her at our larger parties. Mia works hard to ensure our guest get the most from our nights.

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.

Marisa

Event Host

You'll meet Marisa at our events in both London and Oxford (she lives between the two). In real life Marisa is a trained actor so when she's hosting for us she draws on her performing background to enliven proceedings to guarantee you'll have the best dating experience possible. It's sure to be an entertaining night whenever Marisa is calling the shots.

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.

Joe

Event Host

Joe is our local lad from Derby and runs our events in the Midlands. With bags of experience in performing he's a natural when it comes to hosting. He brings a warm charm to his events and certainly makes them a fun night out.

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 is the newest addition to the Original Dating team and he's sure hit the ground running. Daniel is a natural host with an abundance of charm and he goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcomed and relaxed. His events are always fun and chilled, this is probably down to his acting background which lends itself perfectly to the role of event host.

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.

Ralph

Event Host

What can we say about Ralph? Cheeky chappy, stand-up comic and a brilliant speed dating host. It's all fun and games when Ralph is pulling the strings, so expect a fast paced night of short introductions and a few laughs thrown in for good measure.

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. There's no such thing as a bad event if Sam's hosting.

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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.