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Out with the old

Thursday November 19, 2020

Back in March, few could have conceived of the earth-shattering impact coronavirus (or rather the government response to it) would have on our everyday lives.

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What we can learn from the first Lockdown.

Monday November 9, 2020

What can we learn from the last lockdown to help us through lockdown 2? Speaking from my own personal experience, there’s a few things that really helped me through and might give you some inspiration.

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What the Rule of Six Means for Speed Dating

Friday September 11, 2020

Having endured the misery of lockdown, the single folks of London have been dealt another blow in the form of the new ‘Rule of Six’ law coming into effect on Monday.

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Socially Distanced Speed Dating

Friday August 28, 2020

Original Dating is happy to announce that we have restarted a revised programme of speed dating events as of this month.

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Curated Dating™ - the future of dating events?

Thursday August 20, 2020

We all want to speed date with people already matched with us... well now you can!

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A comprehensive guide to virtual speed dating.

Thursday April 2, 2020

Welcome to the future. It might feel like we're in some sci-fi film but actually, virtual speed dating is the new norm and the best (only) way to meet people in these unusual times.

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6 things to do in self-isolation

Wednesday March 25, 2020

While staying indoors sounds simple enough in theory, how simple is it in practice?

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How to keep dating while social distancing

Friday March 20, 2020

How does social distancing impact our dating lives and what can we do to keep meeting new people in these unprecedented times?

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Winging it… Attending dating events solo or with a friend?

Thursday February 27, 2020

It’s true, I’ve been to a lot of dating events, but as they say you must kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince or princess

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Our Christmas Lock & Key Party

Friday November 22, 2019

On Saturday December 7, 2019 we're expecting well over 300 people to join us for our BIG Christmas Lock and Key Party.

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First Date Venues: Humble Grape, Battersea

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Kelly took her most recent date to Humble Grape, Battersea. But what did she make of it?

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Valentine's Dating Bingo

Thursday February 7, 2019

Have you heard about our new Valentine's Dating Bingo in collaboration with Dabbers Social Bingo? If you haven't then you must've been living under a rock!

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Original Expands. More

Thursday February 7, 2019

After our busiest January on record, and without a moment to catch our breath we’ve arrived in February and there’s no sign of anything slowing down here at OD HQ.

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Valentine's week 2019

Monday January 28, 2019

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Original Dating has pulled out all the stops and we're sure to have an event for you.

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Our Valentine's Dating Events in 2019

Tuesday January 22, 2019

The time around Valentine's Day is one of the most popular times of year for dating. Check out our biggest and best Valentine's dating events in 2019

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Dim Sum Dating

Tuesday December 18, 2018

Dim Sum Dating is the new hot and steamy dating event for London.

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The Bedford, Balham

Tuesday December 18, 2018

You've probably heard of The Bedford, Balham's iconic bar and live events venue but you've probably not heard of its recent multi million pound refurbishment.

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Give the gift of speed dating this Christmas

Friday December 14, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner it can be tricky to seek out the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for singleton in your life.

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Our FIRST EVER Speed Dating Chocolat

Tuesday November 27, 2018

It was a momentous day on Sunday, 25 November and this day shall be remembered from here on as the day that brought us the delicious new dating event Speed Dating Chocolat.

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Speed Dating Chocolat

Monday November 19, 2018

When Hotel Chocolat contacted us about the possibility of running a chocolate tasting dating event, we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't want to host such a unique dating experience.

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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 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. 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.



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