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Newsletter February 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

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It may only be February but it's been a busy time for us here at Original HQ.

Our Valentine's Day boat party was a sell-out success. 250 guest partied with lots of bubbly given away, plenty of dancing to our new favourite band, The Distance, and an overwhelming response to the speed dating sessions. Check out some great photos from the night our event review here. A lot of people got together that night!

January and February were also our biggest months ever with more people attending our events than ever before.

But let's not dwell on the past. We've made some big changes for this year and we can't wait to tell you about them.  So we will!


We've started partnerships with a whole raft of new venues, particularly local bars as they grow in both popularity and quality. Here's a rundown of the latest additions.

The Dukes Head in Putney and The Earlsfield in, wait for it, Earlsfield have joined the Original Dating stable and we couldn't be happier. Both combine cool and class with a bit of quirk and a chilled out vibe thrown in to the mix. Check them out:

The Duke's Rowing Club, The Dukes Head, Putney - Thursday March, 19, 2015 

The Earlsfield, Earlsfield - Tuesday March 24, 2015

Both venues are well worth visiting even if you don't live in the area so make sure you book soon.

Remember to stay tuned as we'll be bringing you more venues across North, East and West London very soon.

The Spring Fling Party - The Anthologist, Sat April 11, 2015 

Following the crazy success of our Valentine's Party, we've already announced our Spring Fling Party with tickets available now. We're particularly excited about the venue. Easily accessible in the heart of the City, The Anthologist is quite a sight (and site), and on Saturday March 28, 2015 we're looking forward to introducing 300 of you to its glorious delights.

Cover band The Distance will be back as will our perfect ice breaker - Lock & Key - and due to your requests we've made sure even more of you can take part in our speed dating sessions. We've massively improved the booking process for the speed dating element, you're going to love it. 

It's the perfect way to shed those Winter blues and prepare for the re-emergence of sunshine.

Click here for more details on this party


Part of the task we set ourselves this year was to create even more regular interesting and fun ways in which to meet like-minded singles. So we're really excited to announce the…

Official Launch - The UK's 1st Speed Date Book Club! - Nordic Bar - Tues March 10, 2015
Our literary speed dating event launches on March 10 at the fantastically intimate Nordic Bar in Fitzrovia. We've had so much interest we've even had to book a second date to cater for demand. The format is really simple and promises to add that little bit extra to speed dating.

You can get the literary lowdown and book tickets here.


Quiz Dating, Tuesday April 14, 2014 - Black & Blue, London W1

We're trivially titillated to have masterminded (sorry) the return of an old favourite - Quiz Dating.

Combining the capitals two greatest past times - being single and pub quizzes - teams of three guys move around the room between teams of three girls following each round of questions. 

Plenty of prizes on offer, a chance to show off your obscure QI style memory and to quizzically question the romantic qualifications of those you meet on the night.

Ooh and you might have the odd comedic celebrity testing your knowledge. Stay tuned.


Oddly exciting this one. We've partnered with the Royal Institute of British Architects RIBA to run a one-off special speed date event as part of their Scottish architecture Lates It's certainly something different and if you fancy a bit of structure to your dating then this could provide the perfect foundation. 

RIBA Lates speed dating - Tuesday March 31, 2015 - More info here 

And of course we'll still be running our ever popular regular speed dating events so make sure you check the website to keep up to date.

Lot's more to come throughout the year and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Original Dating - Introduce a friend scheme (and earn some money)

If you have friends who you think would like our events we'll supply you with your own unique discount code. Whenever the code is used to book an event the attendee receives a 10% discount and you receive 10% of the ticket price. You can use the code as many times as you like provided everyone that books is new to the company.

Interested? Drop us a line at with 'Friends' in the subject header

Until next time, 

The Original Dating Team



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.