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Last week’s events and the week ahead

Monday October 26, 2015

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It’s the start of another week, so before the phones start ringing, we’re taking the chance to give you run-down of what happened last week along with an insight into what to expect in the week ahead.

Last week, he held six (yes six) speed dating events between Tuesday and Saturday and 223 clients joined us across these events.

To illustrate, that’s 99.9% of our total capacity at these venues so we’re starting to think we might need some new venues pretty quickly!

Of that 223 people that attended we recorded a total match rate as 76%. So, last week 76% of everyone that attended received a match with someone. A stat we’re rather proud of.

The take away fact from this? Speed dating is working for people. In fact, it’s working very well so if you’re considering taking the leap and giving speed dating a try – this might just be the time to take the plunge.

Given we’ve been involved in organising speed dating and singles parties for well over a decade it’s heartening to see interest in our formats at its highest ever. Whilst there’s a place for dating apps, online and the like, when it comes to dating – meeting people in person is what’s important. It’s only when you meet someone that things get real. It’s always been this way and no matter what tech companies throw at us this simple, important fact simply cannot be changed.

So, onto this week. We’ll be kicking off proceedings on Tuesday back at Nordic in The West End with another of our special Travel Bug Speed Dating events. If you love to travel and want to meet others that share your passion this event is for you. Click here for more details.

On the same night we’re heading to Sugar Cane, Clapham’s tiki inspired cocktail joint for some more speed dating. Tuesday might not be an obvious night to head out into the cold and dark (Very dark now the clocks have changed!) but you will be pleasantly surprised if you do. We’ve already got a good number of people booked and we’re expecting a decent turnout on the night. Click here for details and bookings. Did I mention the two-for-one cocktails?

Wednesday sees us up west. We’re at Black and Blue for our popular Thirties Speed Dating event. We’ve got 18 women signed up for this event already and just a handful of male places. These events are fantastic fun and we see a higher than average match rate every time. Guys, you’d be absolutely mad to miss this one. Click here to find out more.

Thursday and we’re back in Balham at The Exhibit. We’ve been using this venue for our events for a number of years now and it’s a real favourite amongst both our clients and our hosts.

The Exhibit is a winner in so many ways. It’s close to Balham’s tube and train station. It’s a just had a wonderful facelift so the ambiance is really rather nice and the room we use is made for speed dating.

This event attracts not only people from Balham, Clapham and Tooting but others from further afield because of its handy travel links. Thursday, as the cliché goes, is the new Friday and it’s also a great night to meet someone new whist speed dating. It means you’ve got the whole weekend ahead of you to set up a date! Book now for this one.

Friday, Friday, Friday! As always, we’re at Dion in the shadow of St Pauls for another super busy night. Sorry girls, but we’ve already sold out of female tickets. But guys, these still a few chances to get involved in our most popular event where 25 girls have already signed up. It’s Friday night so people really want to let their hair down and this is the perfect night to do it. Guys, book your tickets here. Do it now, we will sell out soon.

On Saturday we’ll be taking our rightful place back at Black & Blue in Central London for our Halloween Night Speed Dating. Once again tickets are selling fast and we’ll probably see this event sell out before Thursday. This venue is located handily, close to Oxford Circus station but also a short walk from the coolest bars in Soho should you wish to make to make a night of it afterwards. Book now for this one. Before it's too late, WAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!

So, that’s our speed dating week ahead right there. As you can see our events attract a lot of people and when it comes to speed dating that’s the secret. Don’t risk booking with anyone else!

Until next time x







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.