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Why you should try Virtual Speed Dating

Friday February 26, 2021

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Video calls, meetings, classes and more have been utterly normalised over the past year and whilst we prefer to have the option of doing all these things in person, the video genie isn’t going back into the bottle.

As a company, we’re betting that video or virtual dating is here to stay - even when something approaching normality returns.

As we all know, virtual speed dating came about because of the 2020 lockdown but it soon became a must-try way to meet new people for single people looking to meet people during this long pandemic.

In essence, the format of virtual or video speed dating is the same as speed dating in a bar. You’ll get a series of short dates (4 minutes) with a selection of people in one night.

Whist you do not get to meet people in person or soak up the atmosphere of a cool bar, video dating (done right) can be a close substitute as it offers a full, face to face in-person experience.

The thing is, you do actually *meet* people doing this. You pick up on vibes and so on and that’s something online dating and apps simply cannot offer.

Expect to meet 10-15 people at our nights. Nobody hides behind their profile – it’s the real deal and the perfect way to meet potential dates without the hassle, time or expense of meeting up with someone who could be a dud.

Furthermore, people who go virtual speed dating tend to be genuinely looking to meet someone for a relationship rather than a casual encounter.

Virtual speed dates are long enough to decide if you want to see each person again but not too long. Think of these dates like test driving a car with no obligation to buy it. With us, you choose who is a yes, a friend or a no and you will be virtually whisked off to meet your next date after each encounter.

Original Dating uses unique online matching technology to match you with the people who liked you back. Use our website to get in touch again and BANG, you’re dating.

It’s super fun, safe and a very friendly way to meet people living near you. Virtual speed dating really does offer the perfect fusion between real life and internet dating.

How to get the best from a video virtual dating event

Preparation is key. It is worth spending time setting the scene. Test your AV setup and make sure your lighting makes you look good. Avoid sitting under harsh lighting and noisy areas and make sure your face isn’t in shadow.

It’s easy to test your camera setup in apps like Skype etc. It goes without saying that your sound and web connection need to be up to scratch too.

Whatever you do. And I really mean this, do not wear gaming type headsets or even earphones for virtual dating. They might be all the rage in the ‘gaming’ world but not for speed dating please. No excuses.

Dress to impress. It matters. A lot. So please make the effort if you want to give yourself the best chance of getting a match or two.

It’s also worth thinking ahead about a couple of conversation starters you might like to use. Avoid the mundane work stuff and ask people about what makes them tick.

It’s Guaranteed

Events hosted by Original are guaranteed. We confident you will meet people you’ll want to see again so if you don’t, your next event is free. We find that most people meet several people they want to match with.

How it works

Book your ticket either here or at and you will receive a confirmation email with an event link. At the start time, click the access link and join the event. After a brief introduction from your event host the event will automatically begin.

You can join our events with most smartphones, PCs or Macs but in general a laptop works best.

After the event

Simply go to and log into your account. You will be able to find out who you mutually matched with from 5pm the following day. Use our site to securely message the people you matched and maybe even exchange contact details.

Our events are busy so it’s always worth booking early to lock in the best price and to guarantee your spot.

Book your ticket now, you’ll love it.



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.