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Original Dating is back in Balham

Friday April 20, 2018

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Original Dating is coming back to Balham. Many moons ago when Speed Dating had just been dreamed up by a Rabbi in New York, there was another not so Jewish young lad the other side of the pond, who thought London deserved Speed Dating. This young lad grew up to be the MD of Original Dating and where did it all begin....Balham. 


That's right, Balham was Original Dating's first ever speed dating event back in 2003 and thereafter for many years and my first ever shift as a host was also in Balham. Original Dating has a soft spot for this wonderful part of the City, and I can't remember for the life of me why we stopped doing events in Balham. But fear not because we're heading back to where it all began. Original Dating is bringing speed dating back to Balham on Friday the 27th April. 


Original Dating has exclusive access to the Bedford, Balham and it's private side bar. This famous venue and London favourite, is well known for its events such as comedy nights and live gigs. This place has the atmosphere to go with it, as it's one of the liveliest bars around. We're super excited to be here at this trendy Balham haunt.  


We've picked Friday nights to host our events because quite frankly some of us just want to get out of the city and get back local. Also don't you want to date someone who's at least the same side of the river as you? Which is why this event is going to be huge. All the compassing areas of Clapham, Tooting and the likes, will already know how fun it is when you go South! With 20 dates, Friday nights in Balham are never going to be the same. 


To ensure you're there for the Balham resurgence book now, this event will sell out! 




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.