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Venue Focus: Speed Dating at Eclipse, South Kensignton

Tuesday June 18, 2013

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Wednesday Speed Dating in London has become a step classier as we welcome our new venue, Eclipse, in Kensington. Wednesday's are traditionally a more relaxed speed dating experience and this hang out for the occasional chilled celebrity and wealthy local certainly holds this vibe close to its heart.

Come early for a bite to eat from their simple and tasty menu and grab a seat al fresco while indulging in a little people watching. Count the supercars and celebrity spot a little before joining us in the basement bar to indulge in a little cocktail fuelled speed dating.

Prices are reasonable (for South Kensington), particularly given the quality of the cocktails, should you wish to continue after the event.

It would be remiss of us not to make a cocktail recommendation so when you do come down why not give the aptly named 'Eclipse' a go. Vodka, Kaffir lime infused Gomme and a slice of fresh watermelon help refresh the tired dating palate to help lubricate further conversation.

And if you're looking to indulge in a little mid-week late night shenanigans there's even a secret speak easy bar across the road. It's basically a classic Vietnamese restaurant that suddenly turns into a late night drinking den. Last time we were there we even bumped into Hugh Grant, but that's a story for another time.

If you've been to our speed dating events before, you'll know we take out venue selection very seriously, and it's great to be working with another fantastic bar. Oooh, and most importantly, the staff are lovely.

It's an easy stroll from either South Kensington or Gloucester Road stations, and a perfect early week summer evening drop in. There's even parking right next to the bar!

You can book for our next Eclipse dating adventure here. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Eclipse Bar, 158 Old Brompton road SW5 1BA




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.