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Dating is about People Not Pixels

Friday January 11, 2013

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There's no doubt that online dating is popular these days, but I think it's fair to say it does have some drawbacks. Let's examine them.

Firstly there's the task of writing a profile. It's hard trying to sell yourself in what is effectively a directory, it's also pretty unnatural. Then there's choosing a picture for your profile, so difficult to know which of your snaps is likely to show you to the world in your most attractive light. The happy clappy I'm big fun to be around look or the more sultry, I'm sexy and I know it Look. Decisions.. 

Following this comes the business of sending and receiving messages to and from other members. Of course, this could be a pleasurable experience and it is possible you could strike up a conversation with a George Clooney or Cameron Diaz lookalike but from what we've heard this isn't often the case.

Having blocked the most obvious Care in the Community cases and sex pests you might well find some people that seem nice from what they look like and what they've written. So this then leads to the inevitable date meeting. Hallelujah, you say. Except of course, in the case of online dating, you don't. Cameras can lie, pictures can lie. They can also transport people back to a time to an era where they are five years younger than they are now.  It's remarkable how many people don't think you'll notice when you meet them.

You'd probably agree that time is a precious commodity and this online dating process has already taken up a lot of time. It could be weeks before you have your first date only discover that these days Cameron Diaz rather more resembles Vanessa Felz and without the charm.

If only there was a better way to meet people… A way of meeting a whole group of people in one night, in the flesh. Where you can have a drink and a laugh, even bring your friends and the whole process is totally rejection free and where you'll only hear from people you had a mutual connection with. Hang on, have you heard of speed dating? Now, you might be reading this having tried speed dating before. Perhaps you got some dates from it, perhaps not.  Either way I'm guessing for whatever the reason it didn't work out the first time you tried it. (I bet you still had a very fun night anyway though)

Anyway, if that's you I'm urging you to give speed dating another chance. Every event we run is different and a different bunch of people attend.   There's no way of knowing in advance but your next special someone could be booking for one of our events right now.  The people we hear success stories from understand that for speed dating to work best you have to try it a few times. After all, it's a fun and confidence building process and because of the way it works, sooner or later you'll meet someone you click with.

Check out our forthcoming events at and we really hope to see you soon.




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.