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Single and over 40? Check our our Chemistry party in May

Wednesday May 3, 2023

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Chemistry is a crucial factor in any romantic relationship. It’s that unquantifiable X factor, that spark which occurs when you get to know someone, and you just know you’re going to get along.

As we get into our 40s and find ourselves single, it can be more challenging to meet like-minded people. Socially, you're often surrounded by people already in relationships, many of whom will have families and diminishing time to spend with their single friends. The dating apps feel somewhat wrong and online dating is nothing short of a horror show. 

Original Dating to the rescue

We’ve always believed that well organised, frequently occurring singles events are a great way for singles to meet new people and we wanted to tailor something new to suit our clients in their 40s who are serious about meeting someone for the long term but want to have fun in the process.

We’ve created Chemistry, the singles party by Original Dating is exclusively for singles over 40.

We’ve found a superb Central London venue, The Arbour Garden. Set off a beautiful square close to Oxford Street the venue features lovely décor, a high-quality ambiance, and a lovely terrace area for post event drinks.

The format offers an optional pre-event speed dating experience for those of us who value this proven approach. Expect to enjoy 15-20 four-minute, face to face dates. This structured approach gives you a great basis to build on for the rest of the event.

Speed dating is followed by the main mixer event. We’ll bring together a gender balanced group for informal mixing over drinks. Around the room you’ll find conversation starters designed to guide chat away from dreary work-based Smalltalk into more fun and meaningful topics designed to be entertaining allowing you to get to know the person.

Hosts will be on hand to facilitate any introductions and guide proceedings. We want to create a buzzy, friendly and sociable atmosphere where meeting people is easy.

Our first event takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend on Saturday May 27, 2023.

If you’d like to find out more and take part click here. If you are interested in the pre-party speed dating plus the party, go here.

We hope you can make 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.