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Tips for safe dating

Thursday June 26, 2014

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Original Dating have been responsible for thousands dates as a result of people attending our dating events and parties.

Many people that matched at our events have gone on to have relationships and dozens of couples people got married as a result of meeting at one of our events.

Dating events are a very safe place to meet people for the first time. Even so, it's worth being cautious when meet people for the first time outside of our events.

We have compiled the below list of tips to help you get the most out of your date whilst ensuring your own personal safety.

  • When meeting someone for the first time we would always recommend choosing a busy public place - find somewhere busy, well lit and close to public transport.

  • For a first date consider a lunchtime for a sandwich or a chat over a coffee. It's a bit different and importantly there's a natural time limit.

  • Be confident you know enough about your date before you pass on your phone number and address details. You can use our private messaging system for as long as you like after the event is over.

  • Always tell a friend you are going on your date and arrange a time that you will call them so let them know everything is going well.

  • Consider double dating with a friend - As naff as it sounds why not try it? It will take the pressure of you and could turn out to be great fun!

  • Never rely on your date for your transport home.

  • Always trust your common sense and instincts, if you don't like where a situation is heading it's time to leave.

  • Above all have a great time - Good luck!

Don't forget! - We love hear your success stories!



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.