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Valentines Week

Thursday January 25, 2018

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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, here at Original Dating we've decided to spoil the singles of London with a full calendar of events! First a little bit about St Valentine, and how the 14th February became St Valentine's Day. Throughout history there have been a number of Valentines associated with this day. The most notable St Valentine of Rome who was imprisoned for marrying soldiers who were forbidden to marry. It was in prison where he healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine' which is no doubt where the association of love originated and why no doubt why we sign our secret cards the way we do. 

It wasn't until Chaucer when Valentine's day became associated with love and not until the 18th Century in England when it became a day of expressing one's love for another. In Europe Saint Valentine's keys are given to symbolise an invitation to unlock the givers heart. Which fits in perfectly to our first event off Valentines week our Lock & Key Party, The Drift - 10th Feb. What better way to celebrate than a party, with 300 singles and our amazingly appropriate icebreaker. This party will be the biggest Valentine's Day Party in London, evenly split male/female. 

We have our Valentine's Quiz Dating on Tues, 13th Feb. This Original Dating favourite will be back with a Valentine's twist. Expect romcom movie trivia, love songs with some fantastic prizes to be won! This event will see 5 teams battle it out to be crowned Saint Valentino Quiz champions. Come along to have a great night with friends and meet some new people as well! 

On Valentine's day itself we will have our hugely popular Dating Against Humanity, this dating event is a hilarious and horrible alternative to the soppy Valentine's Day we've come to expect. Join over 40 singles and play Cards Against Humanity in groups.  

If that's not your thing, we've got not 1 but 2 incredible events to choose from and we've chose this Valentine's Day to launch our brand new event, Dating Bingo – the dating event with balls. The best way to describe this super fun event would be human bingo with tons of prizes to be won. Join 150 singles this Valentines night for the hottest new dating event! 

I'm sure there's plenty for you to choose from and we can't wait to see you at one of our events this Valentines week!



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.