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Event Report - Rock The Boat 2015!

Monday August 3, 2015

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240 single revellers, 24 degrees, plenty of sunshine and a one of the finest river cruises in London. This was Saturday afternoon’s Rock The Boat Party 2015.

Granted we run plenty of events throughout the year but, Valentine’s aside, this is easily our most hotly anticipated party and it’s testament to the revelrous tendencies of those who attended that it was such an amazing success.

This was the fastest selling event to date and the afternoon reflected peoples eagerness to get on board.

Notwithstanding a few last minute arrivals, we headed up river to Parliament just after 2pm before turning downstream to take in some of the most iconic river views the city has to offer – all the way out to the Millennium Dome.

Lock & Key was our ice breaker with bottles of bubbly as prizes and given that we had over 320 matches it’s safe to say people really got into the swing of things. That’s a lot of mingling.

If you’re not familiar with lock and key, it’s the perfect way to get large groups of people chatting without awkward moments.

Guys get 2 keys and girls get a lock. People then mingle and see who they can unlock. Once a match is found, couples are entered into a prize draw, get another lock and key, and off they go again. And with 6 bottles of bubbly on offer, competition was fierce.

Add to this our mini speed date try out sessions on the lower deck, an amazing summer sound track and a sun deck big enough to hold the entire party and we had what can only be
described as one of our most successful parties yet.

And yes there was the requisite post party school disco style snogging in the corner from a few of our more eager guests.

Plus, many joined us for an impromptu after party which we’re blaming for the hangovers.

Don’t worry if you missed out. Okay, it was the best party of the year and crazily good fun but they’ll be quite a few more big events before things get chilly. Stay tuned to to see what’s coming up.

In the meantime, why not try one of our many themed speed dating events or midweek socials. As for us, we have just one day’s rest to tend to our slightly sore heads before heading into another busy week of dating events.

We can’t wait to see you 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.