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Dating Roadmap

Friday March 5, 2021

With the recent announcement of the governments roadmap out of lockdown we've put together a Dating Roadmap: What you can do, when you can do it (quite literally) and where.

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Why you should try Virtual Speed Dating

Friday February 26, 2021

Video calls, meetings, classes and more have been utterly normalised over the past year and whilst we prefer to have the option of doing all these things in person, the video genie isn’t going back into the bottle.

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The road to recovery for speed dating events

Tuesday February 23, 2021

Yesterday saw Boris Johnson lay out an outline plan that will see a relaxation of many of the restrictions put in place to manage the pandemic.

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Why did a speed dating company build an online dating site in 2021?

Friday February 19, 2021

We needed a hub to bring all our clients together.

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Being Single in a Pandemic

Tuesday February 9, 2021

Alex Lone discussed the ups and downs of being single during the COVID pandemic.

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

Tuesday January 26, 2021

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?

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What is the future of dating?

Tuesday January 12, 2021

While we’re always trying to develop the latest dating ideas and events, nobody had anticipated lockdown, social distancing or no household mixing indoors. But what does all this mean for the future of dating?

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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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HOW IT WORKS

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.