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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!

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Sun 13 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sun 13 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - London, Virtual location

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Tue 15 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating Over 40s

Tue 15 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

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40-55

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Wed 16 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - North London

Wed 16 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - North London, Virtual location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around London.

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25-40

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Wed 16 JUN

Lesbian Virtual Speed Dating - London

Wed 16 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Lesbian , Virtual location

NEW - Virtual dating for lesbians living in and around London.

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25-45

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around London.

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£10

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25-40

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - St.Albans

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - St Albans, Virtual location

Join us online and meet people from in and around St Albans. 10 -15 virtual dates expected.

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£10

Age guide

25-45

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Cambridge

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Cambridge, Virtual location

Join us for the online, virtual speed dating event for Cambridge and surrounding areas.

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£10

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25-45

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Kent

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Kent, Virtual location

Join us for Virtual Speed Dating in Kent and meet people from home.

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£10

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25-45

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Essex

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Essex, Virtual location

Join us for virtual speed dating and meet people in Essex from the comfort of home.

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25-45

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Thu 17 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Torquay

Thu 17 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Torquay, Virtual location

Join us for virtual speed dating for people living in and around Torquay.

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£6

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25-45

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Fri 18 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Fri 18 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating for Londoners. Meet people living in and around London.

Tickets

£10

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25-45

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Fri 18 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Manchester

Fri 18 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Manchester, Virtual location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around Manchester.

Tickets

£10

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25-45

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Sat 19 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sat 19 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating, Virtual Location

Join us online for virtual speed dating for Londoners.

Tickets

£10

Age guide

25-45

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Sun 20 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - London

Sun 20 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - London, Virtual location

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£10

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35-50

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Tue 22 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Worcester

Tue 22 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Worcester, Virtual location

Join us for virtual speed dating and meet people online living in Worcestershire.

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£5

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25-45

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Tue 22 JUN

Speed Dating in Clapham

Tue 22 Jun 2021

Sugar Cane, London, Clapham Junction

Join our first live speed dating event since lockdown, it's going to be a blast!

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£20

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23-35

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Wed 23 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Winchester

Wed 23 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Winchester, Virtual location

Join us online for virtual speed dating and meet people living in and around Winchester.

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£7

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25-45

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Wed 23 JUN

Speed Dating in Central London

Wed 23 Jun 2021

Perini & Perini, Central London

The easiest way to meet someone new, normally 18 fast dates in one very fun night.

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28-38

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Wed 23 JUN

Virtual Speed Dating - Weston-super-Mare

Wed 23 Jun 2021

Online Speed Dating - Weston-super-Mare, Virtual location

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Thu 24 JUN

Speed Dating in Balham

Thu 24 Jun 2021

The Bedford, Balham

Join around 30 guests at the hottest speed date in Balham at this newly refurbished and iconic ve...

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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.