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Setting the standard for speed dating

Monday July 21, 2014

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If you’re reading this article you’re probably considering coming along to one of our dating events somewhere in London. By now you’ve probably had a good look at the various companies on Google and thinking about taking the plunge.

This article is designed to give you a quick insight in the world of speed dating and why we think you’ll have a great time if you choose to book with us.

Not all dating companies are the same

It’s actually rather difficult to run the number of speed dating events that we do and attract enough clients of each gender to each event and make the event worthwhile. We’re in the fortunate position of having a great reputation amongst past clients. Most of our bookings come via word of mouth from people that have tried our events and tell friends and colleagues about them. This is great news as it means our events are consistently well attended, almost always with an equal ratio of girls and guys booked.

The kind of people you want to meet

We think you’ll like the kind of people you’ll meet at an Original Dating event. We specialise in events for professionals aged in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. Our clients tend to be degree educated, confident and on course to do well in their chosen field. Watch out for some companies with really large age ranges or events open to all ages. Do you really want to meet someone 20 years older than you?

Convenient venues, well suited for events

We’ve been working with most of our venues for a long time and have exclusive arrangements with most of them. All of our venues are located close to tube or train stations and have a great reputation in their locality. We always use places that have a private area where we can hold our events away from the other clients.

Reasonable drinks prices

We like the venues we use and genuinely use them ourselves when we go for a night out. Things like reasonably priced drinks matter so the prices at our venues never break the bank. You’ll like the service you get and the drinks are pretty good too!

Hosts that really care

We pick our event hosts carefully to ensure everyone that represents our company is really committed to looking after our customers and providing a fun dating experience. You’ll find all of our hosts to be welcoming and highly organised people at all of our events. All of our hosts judge themselves by the feedback they receive from our clients. Luckily it’s all good!

Technology that gets you dating fast

Over the years we’ve spend tens of thousands of pounds keeping our systems at the cutting edge. You’ll find booking tickets as easy as pie but that’s just where it begins. We have a unique online matching system that all clients login to after the event. You’ll see a list of everyone you met on the night and right away you’ll be able to select your preferences online. Once everyone has entered their preferences you’ll see who you matched with from the night and you can contact them easily using the messaging system. All securely via the site with no need to exchange email addresses or numbers until you’re ready. No other company has a system that works as well as ours and it really does make a big difference to the success of our events.

We’re always improving our systems to make our events even more successful. Soon we’ll be revealing something we’ve been working on that will set us apart from the competition even more. But more about that later.

That’s just a few reasons why we feel that you should choose Original Dating if you are considering attended a dating event. We proud about the service we provide and we think you’ll like it too. We hope to meet you at an event very soon.

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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.