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Where shall I take my date? - Our latest date ideas

Thursday January 14, 2016

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When dreaming up a venue for your first few dates you want your suggestion to make you seem interesting, cultured and smart. This is somewhat harder than it looks. Often time, and no matter how hard you might try, your ideas seem dull, hackneyed and boring. Well dear reader, Original Dating is on hand to help. We're here to remind you that wherever you are in London, there's always something interesting going on near you. Here are our top 5 picks of places to take your date this week.

The Wellcome Collection (Euston)

If you and your date still making an effort to stick to your new year's resolutions about healthy living, if you love art, if you're curious about other cultures or if you're just the kind of people who enjoy looking at pretty designs then this drop in performance is an unusual (and free) place to take your date. Medical mandalas are unique to Tibetan Buddhist culture and are essentially spiritual works of art. On a more practical note, there's also a café and a restaurant that we'd highly recommend..

Camden Street Art Tour

Even if you live in Camden you'll probably find yourself surprised at the street art to be found tucked away in secret places and hidden streets. As an added bonus, the knowledgeable guides on this tour will tell you about the artists behind the paintings and how they work. The tours are constantly changing as new art is created and older works are removed, updated or completely changed. This means that even if your date knows the area and/or has been on a tour before, he or she will still get a new experience (as well as your company).

Afternoon Tea at The Modern Pantry

This ticks a long list of boxes for a winter date. It's nice and cosy indoors, involves a decent amount of food and drink at a reasonable price and is based in a place which is chic, modern, quirky and inventive. It's also within a reasonable distance of plenty of decent pubs, restaurants and clubs if you feel like staying out for longer.

Join the City Hunt

City Hunt is a novel concept which essentially sets up treasure hunts in different parts of the city. While the hunts are live there are prizes to be one. After they end, the hunts are left online for people to enjoy for free. At the moment, there are free hunts in Elephant and Castle and Blackfriars. All you need to participate is a smartphone or tablet. You may want to set up an account before you go, so you can type in your details at a proper computer. Once you're at the starting point, you just log in and tap a marker on the Google map to see your first clue and off you go!

Take a Free Class at Paddington Central

The big problem with dating in January is that it comes right after Christmas, which means that a lot of people are counting the pennies until their next pay day. On the other hand, who wants to go a month without a date just because you're flat broke? Paddington Central has the solution. They run a wide range of workshops and classes covering a huge range of activities from health and fitness to arts and crafts and for the month of January many of them are totally free!

Until next time,


And if your date doesn't go so well? No problem, check out our list of fabulous events this month!



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.