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Dating Venue Review: Black and Blue, London, West End

Tuesday March 3, 2015

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Black and Blue

Black & Blue has been part of the Original Dating venue stable for a while now but since its beautiful new refurbishment we thought it warranted an update.

Part steak restaurant, part classy cocktail bar, Black and Blue is located just minutes from Oxford Circus and Goodge Street stations. A strong wine list, great selection of beers and exceptionally knowledgeable cocktail staff ensure you’ll never go thirsty. There’s a classy style upstairs at the main bar or downstairs in the more intimate basement.

And it’s the basement where the real improvements have been made. Gone are the chrome tables and high stools and in their place a series of wall hugging booths in dark leather tones and lots of deep wood furniture filling the centre of the room. Somehow it feels more spacious than before.

A more contemporary feel has been given to the downstairs space where our events take place.

It’s the perfect venue to escape the hustle of Oxford Street without travelling too far off track. It’s never too crowded, even with the odd after work group, and service is reasonably slick. And if you’re hungry they serve up some of the best steaks in town so it’s perfect for an intimate meal for two, a relaxed group gathering, or a primer for a late night elsewhere.

Get in quick before the rush starts from the new apartments just built opposite on the old Middlesex Hospital site. But to be fair, we think this comfortable stalwart of the Fitzrovia scene is more than capable of dealing with whatever is thrown its way.

Our dating events here are some of the best attended in London. Why not join us for our next one. We're sure you'll be impressed.

Check out our forthcoming events at this awesome venue 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.