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Why We Love Friday Night Speed Dating

Friday July 25, 2014

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We organise a speed dating event every Friday night at Dion Champagne Bar in St Pauls. This is one of our stand out events because of its popularity and we get a capacity crowd practically every week.

This is great news for the London speed dater because you get to meet a large number of people, massively increasing your chances of meeting someone you want to see again. Speed Dating on a Friday has a different vibe to our other events. People tend to be very happy that the working week has come to close and the weekend has officially started. All this combines to create a great atmosphere.

Dion is an independent bar in the edge of Paternoster Square. It sits the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral and really couldn’t be closer to St Pauls tube station. It’s on the Central Line which means it’s easily accessed from the West End and the East End of London. It’s also one stop from Bank making the journey from London Waterloo a breeze. Another reason why this event is so accessible.

Whist the bar is a specialist champagne bar it’s not all about the expensive stuff. This venue sells an array of draft and bottled beers along with a great wine list and the prices are not any more expensive than your local. It’s a really popular place with people that work in the area. This is partly due to the large outside seating area which is where you’ll find most people in the warmer months.

We hire Dion’s private basement bar for our events. It’s called The Krug Room. The area features its own private bar and plenty of space. It’s actually the ideal layout of an event like ours. The other great feature, particularly at this time of year is their air-con! It’s a very comfortable place to speed date.

Expect to meet a young crowd at this event. Most people are aged between their mid-twenties to mid-thirties. Most actually don’t work in The City but travel in due to this event’s great reputation.

We’re back at Dion tonight, and we really can’t wait. At time of writing (10.42am) this event has already sold out for girls (sorry ladies, there’s always next week) but we have 3 male places left. This means we’re on for another sell out as we find guys book last minute. Guys, if you’d like one of those last tickets click here. It’s without doubt one of London’s best regular dating event – probably the best.

Click here for all upcoming events at Dion.



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.