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Are you ready for your first virtual Valentine's day?

Tuesday January 26, 2021

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As Valentine’s day fast approaches, who would have thought we’d be asked to stay home in the middle of a global pandemic. Not me. So, what does this mean for the holiday of love? Do we curl up on the sofa with a tub of Ben & Jerry’s and Bridget Jones on repeat or a bottle of whisky going through your ex’s Facebook page. Let’s not forget those who chose to boycott this special day and brand it a commercial holiday. Well, not this year, this year more than ever we all need things to look forward to because let’s face it, 2020 was a little thin on the good times. Since we can’t celebrate in true Original Dating style with our huge Valentine’s Lock & Key Party or our special edition events like Fortnum & Mason’s last yearweve put together some extra special events for you to enjoy. How about some potential ideas for a virtual Valentine's day date with someone special? As my mum always says, where there’s a will there’s a way! 

It’s been a hard year for meeting new people with all chance encounters few and far between (at least two meters between) so the chances are most people won’t be bubbling up with someone on Feb 14th. Which means the only way to meet someone new is really online, which granted takes many forms but none of which compare to virtual speed dating. You could be texting someone anytime, you want to make it special for Valentine’s and virtual speed dating is the closest to the real thing. So, to keep up with demand we’ve put some extra special events on leading up to and on February 14th. And not just for London, we’re all over the UK now so use our filter menu to find events near you. Check them out here. 

Maybe youre one of the lucky ones and you met someone at one of our virtual speed dating events last week. You chatted over our messenger, you’ve had a wee chin wag over the phone and had your first 1-on-1 zoom date. Now you want to do something a bit special for them, surprise them this Valentine’s day but taking them to their favourite restaurant is out of the question. So, what do you do? Well, last year has seen companies get super creative to find ways around reaching their customers in and out of lockdowns and social distancing. We’ve now got tons of IRL products we can get delivered to your door, why not order a selection of cocktails for them to enjoy over a facetime or treat them to a gift voucher for their favourite local takeaway. There are tons of fun ideas out there, order a after dinner icebreaker card set for some fun questions to answer or fun game that can be played over video chat. Really commit to it, light some candles, get dressed up and make an effortIt might not sound like a big deal but these small things make a huge difference.  

Let’s make the world’s first virtual Valentine’s day one to remember. If anything it will be a fun story for the grand kids or just a pleasant way to spend lockdown. Either way, there’s no excuses and maybe putting yourself out there will be just what the doctor ordered. Here’s to finding love in lockdown. 



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.