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The Bedford, Balham

Tuesday December 18, 2018

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You've probably heard of The Bedford, Balham's iconic bar and live events venue but you've probably not heard of its recent multi million pound refurbishment. 

In its heyday The Bedford was famous as a live music and entertainment venue. Famous acts such as The Clash, U2 and Ed Sheeran are just some of the names who have performed there. In more recent years this once popular venue has been more renowned for being a family friendly pub still holding the odd comedy night... until now! 

The Bedford has been restored to its former glory by the Three Cheers Pub Co and what a job they've done in keeping the history of this Grade II listed building. The Bedford reopened after a multi million pound investment to become yet again a South London powerhouse of live events and also a hotel, as it once was in the early 19th Century.  

As part of The Bedford's new event calendar, Original Dating will be hosting a regular speed dating event on Thursday evenings to make this the new home of speed dating in Balham and South London. We've exclusive access to the private upstairs cocktail lounge, perfect for our speed dating events. Our first event is on Thursday, 10 January and is set to be a cracker.

The Bedford have also brought back a stunning events list for your social calendar. To find out what's on at this stunning venue visit


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.