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Valentine’s 2013 – A Tale of 2 Speed Dates & Our Biggest Lock & Key Party EVER!

Friday March 8, 2013

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To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "Never, in the field of human dating, has so much dating been done, by some many, in so few venues", in this case one.

Picture the scene. The Exhibit, Balham. 2 floors. 2 speed dating sessions. 40 people at each. And the piece de resistance, an after party with all 80 speed daters.

It was a first for us. Our biggest single speed dating event ever and a first we believe for London, IF NOT THE WORLD! Okay so the current world record speed date event sits at around 350 but that was in New Jersey so doesn't count.

We were also breaking in our new speed dating host - actor Stuart - and trying to keep the events running simultaneously. What could possibly go wrong?

Well lots could have but nothing did! A fantastic night of controlled anarchy, a flawless online matching system, pretty much equal numbers and a night of dating, dancing and the occasional dalliance with other daters.

We'll be running more of these events throughout the year so make sure you're checking the website and book early! Tickets go very fast.

And if that wasn't enough, we decided to break another company record by holding our biggest ever Lock & Key Party two days later.

280 single folk gathered in the vaulted lounge, gallery and party space that is the Adam Street private members club. But no yearly membership to pay here. Oh no. Just locks, keys, prizes and live music from ENTER NAME OF BAND. Oh and 4 mini speed dating events just to give those at our events for the first time a little taster of what we do best.

Stuart, hosting his first ever Lock & Key Party, was suitably impressed.

"Awesome!" was his first utterance as the evening got underway, followed by "gutted" when he remembered he wasn't single (with apologies to his girlfriend).

Locks were unlocked, prizes distributed, speed dates dated, dancing done (our house band provided top live entertainment) and flirting amply facilitated due to our icebreaker. Oh and Darius, our regular close up magician wowed the crowd and help romance blossom between more than one couple. Apparently destiny really is written in the cards. Just don't challenge this man to a game of poker.

Tickets disappeared in record time but don't fret if you missed out we'll be hosting quite a few more of these throughout the year. Why simply utilize the spirit of Valentines only once a year?

So stay tuned for more Speed Dating madness and Lock & Key loving. Just make sure you don't miss out.

Check out some pics we took at the event. (Sorry about the quality, the proper camera ran out of power!)




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.