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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
Wed 24 APR

Speed Dating in the City

Wed 24 Apr 2024

Jamies Tudor Street, London, The City

New - Join us for this new Wednesday evening event in the City.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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Today
Wed 24 APR

Speed Dating in Cambridge

Wed 24 Apr 2024

The Lab, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Join around 30 singles at this trendy Cambridge venue for a fun night meeting new people.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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2

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Thu 25 APR

Speed Dating in Clapham

Thu 25 Apr 2024

Sugar Cane, London, Clapham Junction

You'll typically meet 12-15 people for our popular speed dating event at this cool venue in CJ.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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2

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2

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Thu 25 APR

Manchester Speed Dating - 20s and 30s

Thu 25 Apr 2024

Be At One Manchester, Manchester, Deansgate

Join us for Manchester's #1 professional speed dating event at Be At One.

Tickets

£20

£10

Age guide

25-39

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Thu 25 APR

Speed Dating in Canterbury

Thu 25 Apr 2024

One Pound Lane, Canterbury, Kent

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

Tickets

£20

£15

Age guide

30-45

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Thu 25 APR

Speed Dating in Derby

Thu 25 Apr 2024

Carnero Lounge, Derby, Derbyshire

Derby's busiest speed dating event. Meet up to 15 singles at this cool bar, in the heart of Derby.

Tickets

£15

Age guide

30-45

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Thu 25 APR

Speed Dating in Glasgow

Thu 25 Apr 2024

Missoula, Glasgow, Scotland

Join us for an evening of multiple dates at our brand new venue in Glasgow.

Tickets

£20

£10

Age guide

30-45

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Fri 26 APR

Friday Night Speed Dating

Fri 26 Apr 2024

The Otherist, London, The City

Friday night! Meet loads of people at London's busiest regular speed dating event. Book now.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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Fri 26 APR

Friday Night Speed Dating - 30s & 40s event

Fri 26 Apr 2024

Jamies Tudor Street, London, The City

Kick start your weekend with Friday night speed dating at our brand new venue in the heart of the...

Tickets

£20

Age guide

35-48

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4

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Fri 26 APR

Speed Dating in Oxford

Fri 26 Apr 2024

Hank's Bar, Oxford, Oxfordshire

Start the weekend with speed dating in the city's trendiest bar.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

25-37

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Sat 27 APR

Saturday Night Speed Dating - 30s & 40s

Sat 27 Apr 2024

The Kings Arms, Central London

Brand new Saturday night event in the heart of the West End.

Tickets

£22

Age guide

30-45

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Sat 27 APR

Gay Speed Dating

Sat 27 Apr 2024

Komyuniti - Yotel, London, Clerkenwell

Join us for gay speed dating and meet around 15 men. Did we mention a free welcome drink?

Tickets

£20

Age guide

25-45

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Tue 30 APR

Speed Dating in Brighton

Tue 30 Apr 2024

The Walrus, The Lanes, Brighton

*NEW VENUE* It's Brighton's best speed dating event. Join us and meet up to 15 dates at The Walrus

Tickets

£15

Age guide

30-45

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6+

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Wed 1 MAY

Speed Dating in the City

Wed 1 May 2024

Jamies Tudor Street, London, The City

New - Join us for this new Wednesday evening event in the City.

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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6+

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6+

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Wed 1 MAY

Vegan & Vegetarian Speed Dating

Wed 1 May 2024

Studio 48, London, Camden

Meet singles who share your passion for vegan or veggie food at this cool spot in Camden.

Tickets

£15

Age guide

30-45

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6+

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Thu 2 MAY

Speed Dating in Islington

Thu 2 May 2024

The Bull, London, Islington

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

Tickets

£15

Age guide

25-37

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10+

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Thu 2 MAY

Speed Dating in St Albans

Thu 2 May 2024

The Crown, St Albans, Hertfordshire

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

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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10+

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Thu 2 MAY

Speed Dating in Maidstone

Thu 2 May 2024

Mu Mu, Maidstone, Kent

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

Tickets

£20

Age guide

30-45

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10+

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9

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Book now!
Thu 2 MAY

Speed Dating in Brighton

Thu 2 May 2024

The Walrus, The Lanes, Brighton

*NEW VENUE* It's Brighton's best speed dating event. Join us and meet up to 15 dates at The Walrus

Tickets

£15

Age guide

30-45

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10+

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10+

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Book now!
Thu 2 MAY

Lesbian Speed Dating in Manchester

Thu 2 May 2024

Motley Bar - Yotel, Manchester

Join us at Motley Bar for our relaxed and fun lesbian speed dating in Deansgate.

Tickets

£15

Age guide

25-45

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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.