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Thursday February 7, 2019

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After our busiest January on record, and without a moment to catch our breath we’ve arrived in February and there’s no sign of anything slowing down here at OD HQ.

Unless you’re involved in the dating industry you might not be aware, January and February are some of our busiest months of the year. We see attendances at our singles events soar as people act on their new year’s resolutions to meet new people. The apex of this time is February 14th or St Valentine’s Day.

Traditionally, Valentine’s Day has been a day for couples to declare their undying love for one another, but in recent years singles have got in on the action and the week surrounding Valentine’s Day is our busiest of the whole year, packed with people looking to meet someone new.

We now build a full programme of events around this time, this year’s Valentine’s Week (as we now coin it) is our busiest to date with a whopping 20 events taking place up and down the UK in the 7 days surrounding the big day - all for your dating delectation.

If you’re single, now is the perfect time of year to break your dating event duck and sign up to an event near you. You’ll be treated to a capacity crowd and that means one thing, more chances of meeting someone you click with. Check out our full listings here.

As well as our full programme of events across London we’re now holding regular speed dating events and singles events in Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge, Tunbridge Wells, Chelmsford, Southend, High Wycombe and Derby – a total of nine UK cities, but we’re not stopping there.

2019 will see the next phase of our nationwide expansion. We’ll soon to be adding many extra London locations along with a host of new towns and cities across the country so rest assured, if we don’t cover your area yet, we will very soon.

It’s an exciting time for us and we look forward to continuing to deliver the UK’s best dating events as we continue to grow.



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.