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The Pre-Christmas Dating Rush

Tuesday November 3, 2015

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Quite rightly, most normal people groan when they hear mention of Christmas in November. We, on the other hand, like most event companies, plan our schedules in advance meaning that we’ve been talking about Christmas events since the Summer. Rest assured, Christmas talk in June is much more depressing than it is in November.

Wishing time away is an occupational hazard of this game and it’s something you just have to get used to. As I write, my planning mind is somewhere between Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and late Spring. It’s just the way things have to be if we’re going to get the right venue for the right event at the right time. It’s a relentless job but someone has to do it.

The festive month of December is actually a pretty quiet time for dating events. Once we’ve thrown our big Christmas party (Watch this space for details) we don’t see a huge demand and events tail off until the New Year. People are busy catching up with friends and attending Christmas parties. For most people thoughts of dating seem to go out of the window throughout the festive period.

We rather enjoy the opportunity to take stock and plan for the new year and possibly enjoy the odd long lunch ourselves.

However, this quiet time is neatly bookended by two periods of frantic busyness, one of which we find ourselves in now. From mid-October to early December our events are normally at their fullest.

The pre and post-Christmas rushes are a great time to take part in any of our events. Any event you choose to take part in now will normally be full the rafters with people. What with dating being a numbers game, this time of year you’ll certainly see the numbers stacked in your favour.

Why not check out what’s coming up and book an event now and take advantage of the pre-Christmas dating rush!




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.