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Event Review - Quiz Dating

Thursday May 7, 2015

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Okay. I admit it. I’m a bit of a geek. I love quizzes. To me they offer the perfect opportunity to pretend you have knowledge while proving you don’t, and at the same time are a great way to meet a whole bunch of people in a relaxed, fun environment.

Which is kind of the reason I run speed dating events. So it made sense to re-introduce something we came up with a few years ago - Quiz dating. If nothing else it would show whether my love of factoid based flirtation was in fact a shared phenomenon or simply a self-indulgent whim.

And so it was I greeted a host of questioning folk last Wednesday at our regular haunt, Black & Blue in Central London's Fitzrovia.

After engaging with the bars ostentatious selection of beverages, our keen quizzers were divided into teams of 3 – 3 guys and 3 girls to each table. After each round of 5 questions, guy's teams were to then move on to the next table of girls. The girls team with the highest score are our winners and get to share their prize with whom they wish.

So did it work?

The answer would have to be a resounding yes. After the first round, there were competitive cries of ‘fix!’ and ‘cheat!’ in delightfully good jest and some gents seemed to be a little addled as they struggled with the concept of moving on. A sign of good company surely.

Two rounds in and the conversation could only be described as lively. Drink bets were being placed, attempts to bribe the quiz master were made and the atmosphere was one of serious non-seriousness. The questions ranged from the humorous to the mind numbing with the occasional potential genius emerging.

Half time came and it seemed there was a general reluctance to move away from conversations. More drinks were bought – noticeable by an increase in quantity and complexity, as if the greater the indulgence the quicker the mind - and we began our race to the finish.

It was a close call but at the end of four rounds we had a winner, suitably rewarded with a rather expensive chocolates which were inevitably ‘shared’ (read: pinched) among other quizzers.

Please sir. Can we have some more?

But this was false closure. There were cries for more and so it was I divided everyone into pairs for one last quick fire round and the reveal of an extra prize for the most ‘talented’ couple.

Unsurprisingly given the atmosphere, pretty much everyone paired up with a ‘date’ – someone they had met that night. I can only describe the ensuing 15 minutes as anarchic brilliance as newfound allies and flirtatious friends battled it out to be crowned Quiz Couple Champions. Considering each couple had only met that night, the camaraderie was something to behold.

And once the quiz was over? Everyone stayed for more drinks before ending up at a late night bar just around the corner.

Normal this wasn’t but in conclusion, quizzing and dating is the perfect combination for a relaxed and really fun way to meet new people. So much so that we’ll running one every month from now on.

A Final Question

So, a question for you. Can you afford to miss out? Come join us next time to find out.

More details on our Quizzes 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.