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Our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating

Wednesday November 14, 2018

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Last night was our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating at the gorgeous upstairs of The Coach & Horses and I must say it was possibly one of our best ever speed dating events yet!  

But why? 

Well before we go into that I'd like to quickly set the scene. As it would be a miss not to mention our gorgeous and apt surroundings. The Coach & Horses was London's first ever vegan and vegetarian pub, in a Grade II listed building in Soho. Name me a better venue for the best vegan dating event in town? I'll wait. Upstairs lies one of Soho's best kept secrets, a 1920's style vegan and vegetarian tearoom. Not only is this quirky space perfect for speed dating but it serves classic vegan pub grub and just to help set the mood we placed Love Hearts on each of the tables. Who knew these classic sweets were Vegan friendly.  

So why was Vegan Speed Dating our best ever event? 

Well it's really quite simple and the answer is 'common ground'. Everyone in the room immediately had a connection, a shared understanding and ultimately a starting point from which friendships and relationships can grow. This made for a great environment and vibrant atmosphere. People stuck around afterwards chatting and were ordering food from bar. It was a fantastic night and one of many, many more Vegan Speed Dating events. 

You will not find a more authentic vegan event in London, even our host Arthur is vegan!  

Vegan Speed Dating will be taking place once a month at The Coach & Horses. Our next event is the Tuesday, 11 December. This event is limited to 15 dates and is sure to sell out! 

Stuart is the Business Development Director for Original Dating and has been a regular host for many years, making him an expert in the field of offline 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.