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Speed Dating Launches in Putney

Monday March 2, 2015

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So we've got all the cocktail bars, secret basement dives, champagne venues and other central London frippery covered. And we love it. But London is about a lot more than the West End, the City and a few inner London areas only accessible by fixed wheel bicycle.

London's personality comes from where people actually live. It's why local boozers frequently come out on top when people are asked about their favourite venues. And local pubs are really stepping up with awesome food, great service and incredible and original venues.

So we at Original Dating have made it our mission to seek out these neighbourhood gems and provide local singles with a chilled out opportunity to meet like-minded folk a little closer to home.

Welcome to new venue number one: The Duke's Head, Putney.

We were a little reticent at first about the Duke's Head. The upstairs is a bright and airy gastro pub more suited to catching up with friends and family than singledom requires. Head downstairs though and this all changes.

As you walk down the stairway a warm, intimate and quirky room emerges. Mismatched furniture sits comfortably with odd bits of Americana, Victoriana and plenty of other 'ana' besides.

Cruise past the generously sized bar and you're suddenly confronted with the fact that you haven't descended into a cosy, secretive basement but instead swapped road level for river level, and all the karmic balance that river views bring. There's even access to a small beer garden, perfectly poised for the emergence of summer.

The wonderfully mismatched room comfortably seated our 32 guests with enough space to move easily between dates and the acoustics meant no-one was screaming to be heard. Throw in good pub prices and a generous alcohol selection and you've got the perfect speed date night.

Check out our next events at this venue here.

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HOW IT WORKS

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. 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.