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Friday November 2, 2012

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Have you heard the one about the guy who walked into a bar?

He went out with his mates. He noticed a girl he found very attractive in the bar. All night he stared longingly at the hot girl who was also with her friends.  He got drunk and went home. The end.

Sure, it's fun meeting your friends down the pub. But every week? And dating your male friends is a little awkward. And you're still single? C'mon. More and more Londoners are realising just how difficult it is to meet professional like-minded people.

Which is why more and more singles are turning to speed dating. It saves time, you're all on the same page and you can avoid those desperate, increasingly drunken hours trying to pluck up the courage to cross the bar to talk to HER, only to find out she's not single/really isn't for you/you're slurring lecherously while your brain tells you to give up NOW!

Perhaps you're one of the growing number of London based guys who know the other story.

A guy walks into a bar. Says hello to the speed dating host and meets 20 single girls over the next couple of hours. He stays on after having a few drinks and chatting and arranges three dates over the next week.

If you're really serious about meeting like-minded people in London, don't let the joke be on you. Speed Dating is no longer an option, it's a necessity. 





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.