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Friday January 12, 2018

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If you haven't played ping pong before then you must have been living under a rock somewhere! Ping pong is undoubtedly one of the most fun things you can do in what I like to call pub sports. Of course there's darts, and pool but these do require a certain level of skill, still fun of course. Ping pong on the other hand is fun for everyone, one of the first things we play when we're kids is bat and ball, which is essentially just the same, everyone can play it so here at Original Dating we thought it would be a fantastic idea to combine dating and ping pong to create our Ping Pong Dating! 

I can already tell you're super excited and so am I! 

Ping Pong Dating is our brand new dating event designed for groups of around 50 people, split down the middle male/female. We have teamed up with SMASH Wimbledon and have exclusive access to the ground floor bar with 3 Olympic Grade ping pong tables!! This brand new event will see you play mixed doubles with different partners. When you're not playing you're free to mingle with the other players, flirt, watch the competition and plenty of time for a few drinks. You will have the chance to play about 3 games and it's all in the name of fun, no trophy or wooden spoon to play for but at the end of the event we will all get together for a group challenge-The Longest Rally.  

The Longest Rally Challenge? 

The longest rally is a group challenge to finish off the event and the idea is to beat the previous events total. The group will be split in half, with one half on one side of the table and the other half on the other side, both lined up in a queue. Once you've played your shot you have to get out the way for the person behind you in the queue to get to the table in time for them to play their shot and so on. You join the queue at the end and will keep this going till the rally finishes. 

SMASH Wimbledon is a fantastic new ping pong bar located minutes from Wimbledon Rail station or a short walk from South Wimbledon Tube. This funky bar has an incredible selection of over 60 craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails! The pizzas are also to die for! This funky new venue has to be seen to be believed and having exclusive access to the ground floor bar means this is an event not to be missed! 

Our first Ping Pong Dating is Thursday 22nd Feb and for one week only we are going to be selling early bird tickets of £15, offer ends Monday 22nd Jan! So if you're reading this then you will be one of the first to know about this fantastic event and even better deal! This event is going to be the next big thing in dating so don’t 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.