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In person speed dating events are back from Monday June 21st 2021

Thursday May 13, 2021

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The wait is almost over!

We’re super excited to announce that our in-person speed dating events and parties are back from the week commencing June 21st.

When the pandemic first stated 14 or so months ago, we quickly realised that it was going to be a long and rocky road to recovery for those of us in the live events business. Whist we swiftly moved our business online to provide a stop gap - the essence of what we do lies in bringing people physically together in the same room and there's no real substitute for that. 

When the government’s roadmap out of lockdown was announced at the beginning of the year it became clear that, whilst we would be one of the first industries to be closed we would also to be one of the last to be allowed back.

But, here we are - the end is in sight and we are planning to be back in just a few weeks. Our events begin with a week of speed dating events across London followed by a lock and key party on Saturday June 26 at The Anthologist. Our nationwide programme resumes later in the month. 

It has been a long slog and, whilst we do not agree with the guidance, we are stuck with it. We are a professional, legitimate business and as such we have committed to bringing our nationwide events programme back from June.  One thing can be guaranteed – they will be better than ever before.

Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.



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.