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Our HUGE Valentine's Speed Dating Event & After Party 2013

Wednesday January 16, 2013

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Valentines Night 2013 Double Speed Dating and After Party
Thursday February 14, 2013 @ The Exhibit, Balham

Okay, so we all know Valentines is often associated with crass consumerism, the purchasing of sickeningly sweet soft toys, Argos jewellery, and chocolates that nobody likes. We also know that on the day itself, petrol stations around the country sell probably more flowers than petrol as the disorganised male panics on his way home from work at his own forgetfulness.

But if you're single, this is mostly avoided. What can't be avoided is the fact that you're, well, still single.

For us here at Original Dating, Valentines is the busiest time of the year, with good reason. So busy in fact that we can't ignore the clamour for places at Speed Dating events around London as we approach the 'special' day.

In the past, many have been disappointed as tickets to our events have vanished like a politicians morals at election time. This year we've made a promise. We promise that disappointment has been banned.

How? Not only are we running Speed Dating events around London on more days of the week than ever before, and not only are we running our justifiably famous Lock & Key Valentines Party, we've decided to take a simple and successful formula… And double it.
What can be better than a London Speed Dating event? How about two London Speed Dating events? In the same place!

This year, in answer to your calls for more chances to meet like-minded people, we're running our first ever Valentines Night Double Speed Dating and After Party event.

Balham's Exhibit bar plays host to two Speed Dating events spread over two floors with around forty people at each. That's eighty single folk under one roof! And to double your chances of meeting potential paramours, we'll then bring both events together for a massive after-party in their upstairs event space.

If you haven't been to the Exhibit before, you're missing out on one of the best and most affordable drinks menus in South London. And if you haven't been to one of our Speed Dating events, why not throw your lot in and double the fun.

Swot up on your best Valentines lines, dust off those dancing shoes and get booking now as tickets will sell quickly. Remember, we've banned disappointment, but only in Balham. We'll be there, make sure you are too.

Click here to find out about this event



Original Dating Valentines Lock & Key Party 2013
Saturday 16th February - Adam Street Club, W1

Saturday 16th February sees us back in the luxurious surrounds of Adam Street private members club for our Valentines In The Vault Lock & Key party.

Up to 300 single professionals will be at one of London's best private venues meeting, mixing, mingling and dancing the night away to Original Dating's favourite live band and engaging in witty, flirtatious repartee. To break the ice the evening begins with our highly effective Lock & Key ice breaker. Guys get two keys and ladies one lock and both head out into the crowd to find a matching pair. Once the match is found, come to us, enter our lucky dip prize draw for some amazing prizes, grab another lock and key and off you go again to find your next match. It's that simple and it ensures you meet loads of people. Judging by feedback from previous events, it promises to be the best Valentines events in London of 2013.

These events will sell out quickly so make sure you book soon and we guarantee you won't be disappointed. We look forward to celebrating Valentines 2013 with you soon.

Click here for more info and bookings for this event!




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.