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Event report: Autumn Lock & Key – What a night!

Thursday October 27, 2016

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Last Saturday saw us put on one of our largest ever parties. The latest in our series of Offline Dating events, our much-anticipated Autumn Lock and Key Party.

We saw an amazing response to this event and all 220 tickets sold out in advance. Such was the demand that we had quite a waiting list, so sorry to those people that we couldn’t accommodate this time around!

The premise for this event was simple. Bring together over 200 twenty to thirtysomething singletons under one roof, provide an icebreaker that makes it easy to meet people and ensure there’s a 50:50 male to female ratio in the building.

We certainly delivered and result was epic. At the start, the atmosphere at our venue, The Refinery close to Warren Street was that of excitement and anticipation.  The evening got underway with a few words from Stuart our event manager and the crowd quite literally threw themselves at the job in hand.

The Locks and Keys glinted furiously as the crowd networked and mingled as if their lives depended upon it. Soon we were inundated with matches and prize draw tickets were issued at a rate of knots.

Our venue kept the refreshments flowing apace and as the night went on we noticed more than a few couples that has really hit it off.

The great thing about our Lock and Key parties is the pace is set the participants. We simply provide an icebreaker and the people to meet. You can speak to as many or as few people as you wish and you do so at your own speed.  

Your safe in the knowledge that everyone in the venue is single and there to meet people so there’s none of the barriers that exist in a normal bar. This mix creates the most sociable of atmospheres and a glance at the matching rate from tells us that a lot of people met that night – And its seems they got on rather well indeed.

We plan to continue our program of Lock and Key parties and our next event will be in early December. Be sure to keep an eye on our website for more details.

Until next time.




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.