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Review of Nordic Bar, Central London

Tuesday March 3, 2015

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Tucked away in one of Fitzrovia’s more obscure streets is a gem of a basement bar - Nordic.

With a nod to the dive bars of old but with a professional polish, Nordic combines an open front tabled area with a few little nooks and crannies for those more intimate discussions.

Scandinavian wood is the furniture material of choice which, when combined with friendly and efficient table service no matter how busy it gets, provides a surprisingly comfortable evening of food and drink.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just a relaxed bolthole from the madness of the West End – Saturday nights are a worthy party time – it’s just that Nordic strikes the perfect balance between lively, raucous drinking den and easy access to food and drink. It never feels claustrophobic or out of control.

The Scandinavian element comes from its wonderful selection of very well priced beers and cocktails and generously sized smorgasbords. Oh, and its amazingly friendly staff. Plus there’s a shot wheel, ping pong table in the back room and loads of offers throughout the week to keep the most cynical punter happy.

In short, we at Original Dating love it. It’s one of the few bars that’s able to appeal to all sensibilities. Lunch time eatery? Done. After work drinks? No problem. One on one chat while not missing out on the action? Already delivered.

If you haven’t already, it’s definitely worth taking time to visit.

Nordic Bar
25 Newman St. London W1T 1PN

Happy Hour: 5-7 everyday
2 4 1 Cocktails all night every Monday & Thursday

Monday-Wednesday 5pm-12am
Thursday 12pm-2am
Friday 12pm-2am
Saturday 5pm-2am

So much in love with Nordic are we, that we’re launching our Literary Speed Dating event here on March 10 – The 1st of its kind in the UK. Come join us for a night of bibliographic brilliance. More 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.