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John’s Top Xmas Tips For The Single Londoner – Out and About

Monday November 18, 2013

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Looking for some festive outdoor fun in London? Check out John's pick of date destinations in London this winter.

Winter Wonderland Hyde Park

The yearly Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is a great place for a date. I’ve never figured out why it’s German themed. Despite extensive research I still can’t find any evidence to suggest the German’s have a particular ownership over the festive season. It’s also a little over-priced. And yet, every time I go, it never fails to instil in me a sense of Christmas wonder and a hint of romance. It’s pretzels, mulled wine, and hugging tight. And I once met Heidi Klum here.  Lovely woman. Perhaps that’s the German theme.

Oh, and it has an ice rink and a ‘giant observation wheel’. Oh yeah.

Talking of ice rinks, London becomes a breeding ground for these fancy frozen fields during Christmas. And with the recent boom in street eating, the physical hardship of broken ankles, grazed wrists and bruised bottoms needn’t be your main focus.

Hampton Court

An awesome setting for some blade based bonding. Go after dark when Thomas Wolsely’s masterpiece offers a beautifully illuminated and ridiculously romantic backdrop to your foot fumbling advances.

Then take a brief stroll over the bridge and through the low mist rising from the Thames to indulge in one of the many log fire dominated local hostelries.

Somerset House

Another ridiculously romantic back drop, but this time with a large slice of cool.

Yup, it’s illuminated at night and yup it’s a beautiful old building but it’s the club nights, pop up artisan market and availability of chocolate and champagne packages that make this a popular destination for potential paramours.

Just make sure you avoid the kiddie focussed Penguin Club. Not only are the knee high blighters guaranteed to send you flying, they will invariably be much, much better than you. Throw organic strawberries at them while supping on locally produced eggnog instead.

Little Venice

I grew up Kayaking on the Thames in the beautiful surrounds of North Surrey, so for me canals are a fraught environment. Unless you’re cruising on a house boat on a roman aqueduct hundreds of metres above beautiful countryside in a county up north where everyone calls you ‘pet’, a canal brings to mind abandoned shopping trolleys, the sulphurous scent of Satan and the possibility of a fisherman discovering body parts.

Not so Little Venice. A great stretch of water, particularly in winter when a light mist hangs tantalisingly in the air and the glow of boutique bars and restaurants beckon like some benign will–o–the–wisps.

Definitely worth a visit while in Little Venice is The Puppet Barge
( for both adult and not so adult entertainment.
Also worth giving a go is a short cruise with The London Waterbus Company ( followed by sophisticated refreshments at the wonderfully located Cana Café Theatre (

So that’s a little taster of outdoor treats for all you single Londoners this Xmas. There’s more to come but in the meantime, why not escape the cold and join us at a (suitably heated) Speed dating event or lock and key party and perhaps you’ll find someone to take to one of the above.




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.