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Literary speed dating - How it went

Wednesday March 11, 2015

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Last night literary London got some luvvin as we launched the UK’s first regular literary speed date event.

In the bowels of Nordic Bar, Fitzrovia, 30 singles gathered, books in hand to embark on 15 four minute dates with other purveyors of publishing perfection.

And how they met! Ayn Rand chatted to Katy Price (seriously good eavesdropping), Chaucer was his usual satirical self, and one of the Bronte sisters got into a heated debate with both Charles Buckowski and Paul Theroux. Buckowski remained suspiciously sober but Edward Said put away a fair few units and seemed rather smitten with Zadie Smith.

So I do declare the night was bookishly brilliant. So much so that 10 people have already signed up for our next one on April 21st.

You’d be well advised to do the same before we’re overrun with bibliophilic beaus taking advantage of London’s newest dating night.



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.