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Speed Dating from a hosts perspective

Monday October 8, 2012

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A question I'm often asked when hosting speed dating events: Don't you ever get bored?

To be fair I've hosted over 300 Speed Dating events so the question shouldn't come as a surprise but I can honestly say that I don't. This is partly due to the fact such a wide range of people attend events. Who wouldn't want a job where you get to meet such a broad spectrum of professionals from all sorts of backgrounds?

The other reason is the sheer variety of events I host. I'm lucky enough to work for a very professional but relaxed company who know the value of variety. So for those of you who are curious as to what Original Dating do, or perhaps those who've attended an event but are looking for something different, here are my pick of events over the last year.

Ever popular Speed Date events run throughout the week so grab some friends, pick a date and venue and get booking:

Wednesday finds us in the opulent surrounds of the justifiably famous Mahiki near Green Park. Think rambunctious royals and celebrating celebrities.

Thursday we run two events. The ever-popular Exhibit in Balham boasts a private room, bar and bar staff, while for those North of the river Islington is the destination. XOXO is situated 2 minutes from Angel tube opposite Islington Green. Come early for some amazing Thai food or simply indulge yourselves in their stunning cocktails.

Friday is time to date in the city amidst the plush surrounds of Dion right next to St Paul's Cathedral. Again, we have a private room, bar and bar staff and, as if that wasn't enough, live blues, rock and jazz plays upstairs until late leaving with you with no excuse not to stick around.

Saturday finds us in the West End in the media hub of Fitzrovia. Black & Blue is the destination boasting a great wine list and the possibility of any cocktail you can imagine. And if you want to carry on after hours, the vibrant and welcoming London Cocktail Club is just 20 steps away.

The highlight of this year has to have been our Jubilee boat party. A 28C day, our regular band The Gremlins kicking out some awesome tunes, Speed Dating try out sessions on the lower deck and our unique lock and key ice breaker offering up fabulous prizes meant this was a classic boat party of which there will be many more. Not to mention the three massive jubilee themed cakes that lasted about thirty seconds.

For those wanting a less formal, more traditional bar like atmosphere we ran a number of increasingly popular Mid-Week Socials across London. No icebreaker, just 50-80 like-minded single professionals in venues such as Soho House, Mahiki and The Exhibit. I have to admit getting home a little late after more than one of these events after being asked to lead a bunch of guests onto further night time adventures.

And finally, we're looking to revive our very own Comedy Dating event, TFI Sundays. 80-100 singles dating in groups of ten for 10-15 mins, interspersed with some of the UK's finest comedy talent.

So that was the year so far, but don't worry we don't plan to sit on our laurels. We have a few surprises coming up in the next few month so make sure you're on our mailing list and keep checking the website. And if you have any ideas you think may work, drop us a line. Who knows, perhaps you could be responsible for the next big thing in dating.

So to conclude, no I don't get bored hosting these events. How could I?

JOHN DAVIS

Here's some great dating events we've got coming up soon!

Last few places!
Today
Thu 30 JUN

Speed Dating in Clapham

Thu 30 Jun 2022

Sugar Cane, London, Clapham Junction

You'll typically meet 15-18 people for our popular speed dating event at this very cool Clapham v...

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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2

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3

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Book now!
Fri 1 JUL

Friday Night Speed Dating

Fri 1 Jul 2022

Dion - St Pauls, London, City

It's our busiest event of the week. 25 dates and no work tomorrow. You just can't beat this event.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

30-45

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5

Female left

4

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Book now!
Sat 2 JUL

Saturday Night Speed Dating

Sat 2 Jul 2022

Perini & Perini, Central London

Join up to 40 people for this busy Saturday night speed dating event in Central London. Read more.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

25-37

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6+

Female left

6

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Book now!
Tue 5 JUL

Speed Dating in Clapham

Tue 5 Jul 2022

Sugar Cane, London, Clapham Junction

You'll typically meet 15-18 people for our popular speed dating event at this cool venue in CJ.

Tickets

£20

£14

Age guide

25-37

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6+

Female left

6+

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Tue 5 JUL

Speed Dating Over 40s

Tue 5 Jul 2022

Perini & Perini, Central London

Join us for some speed dating in Oxford Circus and meet around 15 people!

Tickets

£30

Age guide

40-55

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5

Female left

5

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Book now!
Wed 6 JUL

Speed Dating in Central London

Wed 6 Jul 2022

Perini & Perini, Central London

Leave the dating apps behind come and meet *actually* meet people at this busy speed dating event...

Tickets

£20

£15

Age guide

28-38

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5

Female left

5

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Thu 7 JUL

Speed Dating in Edinburgh

Thu 7 Jul 2022

The Barologist, Leith

NEW - Edinburgh's best speed dating event at this incredible venue.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

25-40

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6+

Female left

6+

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Thu 7 JUL

Speed Dating in Islington

Thu 7 Jul 2022

The Bull, London, Islington

Islington's very one speed dating event at this ace North London venue.

Tickets

£22

£11

Age guide

25-37

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2

Female left

3

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Book now!
Fri 8 JUL

Friday Night Speed Dating

Fri 8 Jul 2022

Dion - St Pauls, London, City

It's our busiest event of the week. 25 dates and no work tomorrow. You just can't beat this event.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

30-45

Male left

10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Sat 9 JUL

Saturday Night Speed Dating

Sat 9 Jul 2022

Perini & Perini, Central London

Join up to 40 people for this busy Saturday night speed dating event in Central London. Read more.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

25-37

Male left

10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Sat 9 JUL

Saturday Night Speed Dating

Sat 9 Jul 2022

Pavilion End, St Pauls

It's Saturday night speed dating in The City. Meet around 20 dates for a great night out.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

30-45

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10+

Female left

6

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Book now!
Sat 9 JUL

THE ORIGINAL DATING SUMMER IN THE CITY PARTY

Sat 9 Jul 2022

The Refinery, London, Central

Welcome to the biggest party for single Londoners of the summer. 250+ people expected!

Tickets

£22

Age guide

25-40

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10+

Female left

29

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Book now!
Tue 12 JUL

Speed Dating in Tooting

Tue 12 Jul 2022

The Wheatsheaf, Tooting

NEW - Tooting's busiest speed date at this South West London institution.

Tickets

£20

£12

Age guide

23-35

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10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Wed 13 JUL

Speed Dating in Central London

Wed 13 Jul 2022

Perini & Perini, Central London

Leave the dating apps behind come and meet *actually* meet people at this busy speed dating event...

Tickets

£15

Age guide

28-38

Male left

10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in Maidstone

Thu 14 Jul 2022

Mu Mu, Maidstone

NEW - Join us for Maidstone's busiest speed dating event at this unique venue.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

23-35

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10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in Edinburgh

Thu 14 Jul 2022

The Barologist, Leith

NEW - Edinburgh's best speed dating event at this incredible venue.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

23-35

Male left

10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in St Albans

Thu 14 Jul 2022

The Crown, Hertfordshire

This is St Albans busiest speed date at Hertfordshires finest bar.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

23-35

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10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in Canterbury

Thu 14 Jul 2022

One Pound Lane, Canterbury

Canterbury's busiest speed dating event. Join us and meet new people in person.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

23-35

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10+

Female left

10+

Find out more
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Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in Oxford

Thu 14 Jul 2022

St Aldates Tavern, Oxfordshire

Oxford's busiest speed dating event. 15-20 dates in one fun night at this fab venue in the city c...

Tickets

£15

Age guide

25-37

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1

Female left

10+

Find out more
Book now!
Thu 14 JUL

Speed Dating in Manchester

Thu 14 Jul 2022

Foundry Project, Northern Quarter

NEW - Manchester's busiest speed dating event at this stunning venue.

Tickets

£15

Age guide

23-35

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10+

Female left

10+

Find out more

 

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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.