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It's nice to be niche

Thursday November 1, 2018

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As dating event organisers of long standing you might think we’d have developed a high degree of understanding of relationship compatibility. The recipe to the secret sauce that explains why people get together and start to date.  

It’s time to fess up, we don’t have a clue. But that’s OK, because the years spent immersed in this world have taught us one thing, no one else understands it either.

But, whilst we don’t have the whole formula, what we do know is there are things that improve peoples chances of meeting someone they will click/feel a spark/get butterflies with.

Now, a low-level example would be home location. People that live in a certain area may well have things in common in terms of life and career stage and more. Another easy one is age group. People generally want to meet people of a similar age group, this we all know.

This got us to thinking, if we made our events even more niche, would even more people get together at them?

Of course, most single people are generally not seeking to meet a mirror image of themselves. That would be strange but, in most cases, singles will have strongly held core beliefs, nice to haves or even deal breakers that form part of their decision making when looking for someone to date.

Some Christians, for example would not consider dating a non-Christian so an event just for Christians is far more likely to bear fruit for them.

Likewise, vegans and vegetarians may prefer to date others with the same dietary preferences. Please see our special Vegan and Vegetarian speed dating if this sounds like you. (This is first one is Tuesday Nov 13th it’s looking like it will sell out)

We’re dipping our toe into this brave new world of niche speed dating events and we’ve got plenty of ideas in the pipeline but we always welcome feedback from our readers and clients.

If you can think of a niche event that you think would be a success, please do get in touch. There’s a great change we’ll run with it.









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.