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Why We Won't Be Seen on TV

Wednesday June 5, 2013

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I'm often asked why we, as Original Dating, don't court appearances on TV. The greater dating world is, after all, mad for it.

There are 3 simple answers:

1) We don't need to
2) It undermines what we do
3) It ruins the experience for our clients

Don't get me wrong. This isn't sour grapes. We get approached several times every week by production companies asking us to be talking heads, to film our events or to be part of this or that reality TV show. There is simply no return in it. And I don't just mean financial.

We genuinely enjoy what we do and as such, believe in the integrity of our business. While we're probably the smallest company in terms of employees - there's only five of us - it's this integrity, and you guys of course, that have made us the most successful speed dating company in London.

The most important advertising for speed dating is word of mouth recommendations. Relying on television opportunities means either that a company is not creating enough business through this fundamental medium - raising questions around the quality of what they do - or that they are new and thus lack a pedigree in the industry, perhaps falling prey to one of speed dating's greatest myths, that it's a quick and easy way to make money.

Either way, there is something very wrong.

The last time we were on television was as part of a BBC documentary looking at online dating scams, an issue we felt needed to be aired. Before that we were featured as a segment on a news programme having successfully witnessed the first speed dating marriage in the country as a result of one of our events. That's not people getting married at one of our events. That would just be weird and a practice we leave to The Moonies. It was the first marriage between people that had met while speed dating.

I'm not knocking television as an important advertising medium. It's just that the speed dating world is a complex one in which integrity is essential. Those who rely on being featured on TV leave themselves open to questions surrounding their own integrity and ability to provide quality events.

The old adage that all publicity is good publicity simply isn't true.

We've worked hard for a decade to run fun, relaxed and genuine events for single folk in London. We advertise. Of course we do, but the vast majority of those attending our events are there because they've heard about us from someone else.

So next time you see a speed date company appearing on your television screen, ask yourself why they need to be there. Then chat to a couple of friends and find out who they recommend. And we'll see you soon.

Why not check out our forthcoming events?





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.