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Date Ideas - South Pole Saloon

Friday November 24, 2017

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It's not long till it's socially acceptable to play Fairy Tale of New York as loud as you can and watch Hanz Gruber fall from Nakatomi Plaza (Die Hard). So I think I'm safe to start talking about great dating ideas for the festive season because let's be honest, it's a perfectly wonderful time of the year for dating! The lights, the decorations, the cold weather and cosying up to someone with a mulled wine makes for the perfect dating recipe. So what better place to start than Brixton Rooftop who are back with their wonderful South Pole Saloon. 

Brixton Rooftop has once again been miraculously transformed into some incredible south pole haven of alcohol, street food and debauchery. This fully heated wooden winter paradise is back with more of the same as last year including live acts from something out of the traveling south pole circus. Its full of everything you could possibly ask for on a date as well making it the ideal date destination this festive period.  

Treat your date to some of the warm street food on offer to warm them from the inside out and even get them merry on some mulled wine. I've never been fully mulled wine drunk, but that’s a personal goal this Christmas.  Of course Brixton rooftop has its own rooftop so if the weather is not on your side, it's not gonna rain on your parade and you still have that outdoors feel without having to brave London's winter weather. It is a busy destination in general and even although they provide lots of seating do be prepared to squeeze yourself on the ends of tables to get a seat, it’s a popular place! 

It doesn’t skimp on entertainment either with cool circus acts including elves on stilts and elves hanging from the rafters. These crazy cool elves are mesmerising and just provide that icing on the cake or that star on top of the tree. This comes at the top of the list for date ideas this Christmas.  


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.