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The Winchester

Tuesday October 24, 2017

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Original Dating has a brand new venue in Islington! The Winchester ideally located on Essex Road, bang opposite Islington Green, is only a 5 minute walk from Angel Station. This charming bar is right in the heart of Islington and we have exclusive  use of their private downstairs bar, The Enchanted Forest. 

The Winchester has an incredible selection of cocktails which make for the perfect dating tipple. As well as the classic cocktails you would expect the Winchester also has some unique hand crafted cocktails which are second to none. These cocktails have fun names like 'Papa Don Preach' and 'Love, Love me do...I'll always be-troot' but don’t let these fun names fool you, they're expertly put together. One particular favourite of mine is the 'Tea & Tequila' which is exactly how it sounds, tea, tequila, lemon and honey. Who knew this would be such a great combination. 

The Winchester not only has charm and atmosphere but has incredibly trendy and sophisticated décor, added with some mood lighting makes for a very romantic setting. Throw some classic speed dating into the mix and we are onto a match made in heaven. In the private downstairs Enchanted Forest, which looks as well as sounds magical, you will have the chance to meet upwards of 15 dates. This new venue is sure to be very popular and with Thursday's fast becoming the new Fridays, what better way to spend it, than speed dating in a charming bar in the heart of Islington. This is sure to be a great night out! 

Our first event in the Enchanted Forest is this Thursday 26th October. Tickets are selling fast and I wouldn’t want you to miss out! 


Stuart is one of our regular hosts and over the years has become something of an expert in dating. Watch out for his regular posts full of dating tips and advice.



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.