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Event Report: Mingle at The Mal Lock and Key Party

Monday May 18, 2015

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What started out at 8pm as a relatively sedate affair had, within 30 minutes, erupted into a full blown party – The perfect introduction to the summer.

This was Saturday’s Mingle at the Mal, our first party of the summer at the wonderful Malmaison Hotel in Clerkenwell. Due to the size of the venue we’d limited the number of tickets to 150 and by 8:30 pretty much everyone had arrived.

The premise was lock and key, wherein gentleman get keys and ladies get a lock. As an ice breaker this is the perfect way to get to chat to people and, should the lock be opened, you then come to us to be entered into a prize draw for some bottles of bubbly, get another set of keys or lock and away you go again.

Normally people are slightly reticent and it takes a while for us to start giving out raffle tickets. I’m not sure what happened on Saturday – was it the weather? Was it the cocktails or champagne? – but almost immediately a small queue built as people enthusiastically undertook attempts to unlock each other and met matches within minutes.

It was all pleasantly raucous in a very good way. Throw in a bunch of speed dating sessions booked through our bespoke online system in an adjoining room and we very quickly had a brilliantly entertaining event on our hands.

I’m fairly certain a few jugs of Mojitos were doing the rounds as our single London professionals dressed in their sunny finest embraced this celebration of summer with both arms. And while the bar was certainly busy, they were also brilliantly efficient, whether pouring a beer or mixing four Old Fashioneds at one time. We certainly couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Of course there were a few ‘school disco’ moments – A few couples snogging in what I can only assume they thought were covert corners. But this is the point really – A relaxed fun night to enjoy the start of the sunny season, with a great ice breaker, in great company and in a superb venue.

It may be that there were a few sore heads the next day, but I challenge anyone present to tell me it wasn’t worth all it.

If you missed out this time around, don’t despair, we’ve got a great calendar of events lined up for the next few months including our famous Rock The Boat river cruise and next month’s Summer in the City party. Details to follow soon.

Thank you to all who came and made it such an enjoyable night and we hope to see many of you again soon.




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.