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Venue Review: The Dukes Head, Putney

Tuesday March 3, 2015

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Something’s happening in South West London that’s challenging the dominance of bars north of the river. Local pubs seem to be enjoying a renaissance and this is particularly true of the Wandsworth area.

Traditional pubs are adapting to changing demographics and offering up quirky and original alternatives, and a peculiar stretch of road along the river in Putney is doing so with gusto.

So we come to my new favourite ‘local’. The Dukes Head.

Located in a Grade 2 listed building, it’s large, open main bar combines a traditional, yet spacious layout with modern décor that’s both respectful and refreshing, while the back restaurant presents an air of culinary calm, perfect for sampling what really are some gastronomic delights.

But for me the real gem is the Dukes Rowing Club downstairs.

Warm, intimate and quirky, this basement bar combines a wonderful mismatch of odd furniture, kitsch Americana and Victorian antiques. The long bar means service is never slow and with one or two semi private areas and half rooms plus a large booth tucked away beneath the stairs, it’s the perfect venue to mix an evening of hedonistic indulgence with more intimate interaction.

DJ's regular spin chilled out tunes and the occasional live band adds to an eclectic spread of entertainment.

Keep moving to the back of the basement and you realise that instead of stepping underground you’ve made a transition from street to river level with a perfectly sized beer garden giving you a distinctly calming view of the River Thames a stone’s throw away.

This place is going to get busy in the summer. I can feel it. So make sure you bag your regular spot now to avoid the crowds once the clouds part.

The best news? We've just started a regular speed dating event here. Click here to check out the next one.



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.