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Autumn – Why this is the busiest time for dating

Friday October 7, 2016

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Let’s get the downside out of the way. As of October 1st, the summer is over. It’s gone. It’s dead and it’s buried for at least another. Six. Miserable. Months.

It’s the beginning of gloomy mornings, fetid tube air, sleet and rain against your window. Think winter coats, wet feet, and unalloyed misery.

You’ll spend the few precious hours of daylight toiling at work, only to emerge into the dark and dank streets of London to trudge home through the freezing rain where, upon your return, you will cry yourself to sleep.

Thoughts turn to thermostats, thick socks and fantasising about far-flung beaches.

Autumn is dreadful.

The profound difference between the warmth of late summer and the autumn freeze, despite its annual inevitability, is doubtless the hardest to bear. 

But, despite all that, there is an upside to Autumn. It’s actually one of the best times to meet someone new – if you go to dating events, that it. And here’s why.

During summertime, there’s plenty of social stuff going on. Festivals, barbeques or impromptu after work drinks outside the pub. And because lots of social opportunities present themselves, people feel less inclined to do organised dating. Summer is the most sociable time of year.

When Autumn comes around these opportunities quickly evaporate leaving a void. Just when you might expect the population to go into hibernation – it’s around about now we see a huge uplift in event bookings. In fact, most events sell out to capacity from October 1st onwards.

To us, Autumn marks the start of the busy season. Some speculate that it’s because people seek to be in a relationship by Christmas. Others say that the human subconscious is programmed to find a mate in time for Spring. We’ll never know.

But, if you’re feeling a strange urge to get your date on – it’s not just you that’s feeling that way.

Right, so now you know that by coming to a dating event in Autumn it will be busier and more effective than in other times of the year – all you have to do is book your ticket. We have tons of events coming up. What are you waiting for?  - find out why Autumn is a great time to meet someone new.

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.