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Friday February 27, 2015

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Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

–P.J. O’Rourke

I like to think that PJ O'Rourke is being metaphorical when he says 'die'. As in 'I was in the middle of a date, trying to be witty when I just died'.

Making sure that in the moment of death your book of choice is sufficiently engaging may just act as your literary resuscitator.

Enough of the analogies though. Let's not pretend. Finding like-minded singles can be tough.

Online dating is a fraud riddled venture based on looks. Speed dating, if it's your first time, can be a little daunting - what do you talk about? How do you act? -  And while our amazing lock and key parties provide the perfect ice breaker, perhaps you'd like something a little more cerebrally intimate.

Which is why we've introduced Literary Speed Dating. Don't just judge a book by i's cover but by its content (and owner) as well.

Around 15-20 dates. Everyone brings a book. Discuss your choice of book. Discuss each other. Repeat.

You'll find out more about that person in four minutes discussion of literary choices than from what they do, where they come from and do they like cauliflower. I guarantee that.

So can you use this literary aid to steer the conversation onto other topics? Will you find love, laughter or legitimate cause for intellectual angst between the pages of your date? Or will you choose to play with your Dickens while s/he gets all Bronte?

There's only on way to find out. Book now for what promises to be a really fun night of bibliographical brilliance and short story shenanigans (four minutes remember). You'll be part of a historical movement - One of the first Literary Speed Dating events in the country.

More information can be found here.




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.