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Perfect first date questions

Thursday February 23, 2023

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First dates can be nerve-wracking, but one way to break the ice and get to know your date better is by asking them thoughtful questions. We know you struggle when it comes to finding that question. Here are some not too cliché and perfectly appropriate questions to ask someone on a first date.

  1. What do you like to do for fun? Asking this question can give you insight into your date's interests and hobbies. It can also help you plan future dates based on shared interests.
  2. What kind of music do you like? Music can say a lot about a person's personality and taste. Plus, you may discover some new artists or genres to explore together.
  3. What's the last book you read or movie you watched? This question can lead to a discussion about your date's favourite books or movies, or you might find some new recommendations to check out.
  4. What's your favourite type of cuisine or restaurant? Food is a universal language and can be a great way to bond over shared tastes and experiences. Plus, you can plan future dates around trying new restaurants together.
  5. Do you have any pets or have you ever had any? This question can give you insight into your date's love for animals and their caring nature. It's also an opportunity to share any cute or funny stories about your own pets.
  6. What do you do for work or what are you studying in school? Learning about your date's career or educational pursuits can give you a glimpse into their values and goals. Plus, it can lead to a discussion about your own career aspirations.
  7. Do you have any hobbies or passions? This question can spark a conversation about your date's interests outside of work or school. It can also lead to discovering shared passions or new activities to try together.
  8. What's your favourite travel destination or where would you like to go someday? Travel is a great way to broaden horizons and experience new cultures. This question can give you insight into your date's sense of adventure and willingness to try new things.
  9. What do you value most in a friendship or relationship? Asking this question can help you understand your date's expectations for a relationship and their values. It can also help you determine if you share similar values.
  10. What are some of your goals or dreams for the future? This question can give you insight into your date's aspirations and what they hope to achieve in life. It can also help you determine if your own goals align with theirs.

In summary, asking thoughtful questions can help you get to know your date better and spark interesting conversations. Remember to actively listen to their answers and engage in a genuine conversation.

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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.