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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?


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.

Blank - 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!


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



Lisa is based in the North and is the lead host for our Leeds & Manchester events. A professional actor, presenter, model and dancer with a bubbly, friendly an energetic personality. She has over a decade worth of hosting experiences and is a favourite with clients at events. There is never a dull moment when Lisa is hosting.



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.