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John Visits The Home Office - And Secrets May Be Revealed

Thursday July 30, 2015

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I’m excited.

I wouldn’t normally class myself as an excitable person. Energetic maybe, but not excitable. Yet I’m really excited.

In two days we have our most exciting event of the year – Rock the Boat 2015!

250 single Londoners, Lock & Key ice-breakers (with prizes of course), a river cruise taking in London’s most iconic sites, mini speed date sessions, cracking tunes and fine weather. Exciting right? I’m excited about this.

But it’s not the only thing I’m excited about.

Let me explain. We at Original Dating recently built a secret laboratory where we spend our days researching and developing new ways for single Londoners to meet.

If you saw my blog yesterday, you will have noticed that, from time to time, I’m allowed to leak small secrets into the public realm about how we operate and what happens in this lab. If you missed it, yesterday’s blog was about the techniques we use to develop and train our specialist team of boat party hosts. You can have a look here if you like.

This afternoon I returned from a meeting between Original Dating and the Home Office. We have to meet regularly to ensure that any of our announcements do not cause so much excitement that they become a danger to social order in the capital.

I now have a list of extraordinary developments that I’m slowly allowed to announce over the coming weeks. To the rest of the country, such announcements will come as revelatory. To those of you who read this blog, you’ve been primed.

Notwithstanding literary dating, stereo speed dating, travel bug speed dating, movie lovers speed dating and quiz dating, you will see announcements and leaks of increasing importance over the next 4-6 weeks that will result in an almighty climax of revelatory announcementness so significant it could change the way we perceive singles events in London forever more.

This is why I’m excited.

Of course, you have no idea what this announcement is going to be so I assume you’re feeling less excited and more bewildered, perhaps with a sprinkling of annoyance but hopefully with a dash of expectation.

Needless to say, It’s going to be good. And exciting. Have I ever let you down before?

In the meantime, I dare you to help us Rock The Boat this Saturday. We’ve got a handful of tickets left. Do you feel lucky? Well do you?*

*If you can name the movie from which this quote comes perhaps you also need our movie lovers speed dating. Too much advertising? Okay.



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.