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We've finally got some time to blog

Monday November 19, 2012

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The eagle eyed amongst you might have realised we've recently overhauled the Original Dating website. On the surface the design was changed and under the skin we've introduced a number of features that make everything work that little bit better. It was perhaps touch overdue, the previous version had been largely untouched since our launch.

One of the new features we introduced was this blog. To my knowledge we're the only speed dating company to have a blog and it was my intention to make it more than just a mouthpiece for promoting our events. I wanted to include interesting dating tips that we'd picked up over the years. Guest articles from our clients, perhaps also reviews of London bars, restaurants and attractions and more. I wanted to make this something of interest to most Londoners and not just singles looking for events.

The trouble is when you introduce a new website there's often bugs, fixes and other things you have to address so regretfully the blog went on the back burner. Anyway, I'm pleased to report the site is now running as we want it so we can now focus on making this blog what we intended it to be.

From now on you'll see several posts a week so please keep on checking back to see what we're up to. You might also want to follow us on Twitter or like us Facebook to be notified of updates.

If you want to write for us we'd be delighted to hear from you.

ANDREW SUMMERSGILL

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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. 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.