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Ping Pong Dating - April 26

Tuesday April 17, 2018

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Ping Pong Dating for those of you who don't know, is the new social dating event that has emerged as a hugely popular event on the London dating scene. On April 26th were back at SMASH Wimbledon for our next Ping Pong Dating Event and I'm gonna get you all up to speed with why it's become so popular. 


Our first 2 events seen us sell out, with nearly 50 guests attending each night. This alternative dating event see's an activity take the main stage, with mixed doubles ping pong being the main event and who doesn't like Ping Pong, it's super fun for everyone. But before I get into the details of the event, let me first talk about the incredible venue – SMASH. 


SMASH Wimbledon is the brand new home of ping pong, in the home of tennis. It's a match made in heaven right!? Original Dating is lucky enough to have exclusive access to the ground floor bar and we need it for this busy event. This means we have sole use of 3, that's right THREE Olympic standard ping pong tables. The ground floor bar also has a great deal of space and seating off to the side which means there's plenty of time to chat and mingle while you're waiting for your next turn on the tables. The bar has a cracking selection of drinks to boot. It is a Thursday night after all – start of the weekend some might say. 


Here's where it gets really interesting, the event itself. Ping Pong Dating is unlike any other dating night, it's a night where we singles can let our hair down and just have some fun without the pressure of one on one dates. Don't get me wrong speed dating's great but this event takes the focus off the dating and allows you to naturally get to know one another in a fun and social environment. You will have the chance to play at least 3 games of Ping Pong with a different partner each time. The games last for around 10 minutes. When you're not playing, you're free to mingle and find the Ping to your Pong. 

This event really doesn't feel like a dating event but more of a Ping Pong Party. The atmosphere was electric at the last two events and you can take my word on that. This event is sure to make people wish they were single!


Don't miss the next Ping Pong Dating – April 26, as tickets will sell out.... AGAIN! 




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.