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Socially Distanced Speed Dating

Friday August 28, 2020

We are happy to announce that we have restarted a revised programme of live speed dating events as of this month.

We have carried out a risk assessment and put in place several measures to ensure that our speed dating events are as safe as possible for our clients and hosts alike.

We’ve already hosted several trial events post-lockdown and everything has gone extremely smoothly, and we look forward to welcoming more clients as we ramp up our events programme.

How our events have changed

We are still able to offer the market leading speed dating events, but we’ve had to introduce a few temporary changes. Here’s how things have changed:

  • Restricted numbers - The law currently prevents gatherings of over 30 people so all our speed dating events will host a maximum of 29 people including the host. This means, you will usually meet around 10-14 people at our events – still pretty good!
  • Extra table spacing - Venues are laid out to ensure everyone can stick to 1m social distancing guidance throughout the evening
  • Contact free events - That means no handshakes and no scorecards and pencils. Our online systems allow you to enter your date matches directly into our website via your phone.
  • Queue free entry – On arrival we’ll guide you straight to your table, you won’t need to queue up to sign in. Our host comes to you.
  • Quiet background music – You won’t need to shout to be heard
  • Table manners – Guys move from table to table during speed dating events, but now we ask that they simply use the table as a place to put their glass and to avoid touching the table itself
  • Masks optional - There's no requirement to wear a mask in our venues however if you prefer to wear one, that's fine.

All our venues have introduced the following measures

  • Hand sanitiser available on entry/exit
  • Table service for drinks where possible
  • Enhanced cleaning routines in event spaces
  • One-way in use systems where practical
  • Contactless payments available

We’re committed to offering the best speed dating experience possible whist complying with the law and guidance around coronavirus. We hope you will be able to join us for an event very soon. Check out what's coming up here.



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.