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Summer in the City - Lock & Key Party!

Wednesday May 27, 2015

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We host plenty of events in cracking venues and, when summer hits, we welcome hundreds of you aboard our justifiably famous boat parties.

And yet, there’s more to a London summer than just the river.

There are too many great bars with lively outdoor spaces to end up in a dark – albeit wonderfully luxurious – basement bar on a summers evening. So we decided to relax the mood a little and scour the city for a more stripped back, relaxed, summery venue with plenty of outdoor space.

And we found it. We’ve exclusively hired the Square Pig in Holborn for the most relaxed and flirtatious event of the year – Summer in the City. The space is replete with tube map wallpaper, a fantastic selection of wines, great beers on tap and of course an ability to create some of the best Mojitos in town. Oh, and I nearly forgot about the outdoor patio large enough to hold pretty much all 200 of us if we so desire.

We recommend I may just dress in my summer finest but to be honest, board shorts wouldn’t be amiss as we’re creating a vibe of summery seduction and relaxed interaction to help us all forget the tribulations of winter.

There will of course be our lock and key ice breaker, complete with prizes for those who match – Guys get two keys, girls a lock and use the excuse of unlocking each other to introduce yourself to as many people as possible. An open lock and you’re both entered in to a prize draw and away you go again. There will also be quick speed date try out sessions throughout the evening just so you can say you’ve had a go, and all this is aided by our unique mobile based matching software – Mixeo.

Throw in some suitably relaxed tunes and an equal split between guys and girls and we have what promises to be our most relaxed, friendly and flirtatious party yet.

So as the temperature rises and summer makes its presence known, you can stay cool, calm and collected, safe in the knowledge that whatever a sweltering tube journey or broken office air conditioning may throw at you, the 20th of June will make it all okay.

Just think of it as that holiday you’ve always wanted to take with the convenience of being in central London.

Be quick, tickets will disappear. Why not prepare yourself for a well-deserved pampering and grab yours now.

To get your tickets click 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.