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John’s Top 8 Travel Bug Destinations

Tuesday September 22, 2015

With just one day to go until our next Travel Bug Speed Dating I thought it was about time we looked at some of the most romantic travel destinations around the world. Tomorrow's event is sold out for girls and we have just a couple of male places available.

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Gents. How good a speed dater are you? Take our short quiz to find out.

Friday September 18, 2015

Whether speaking to members of the opposite sex fills your with dread, or you think you’re the Didier Drogba of speed dating, our short quiz will tell you exactly what sort of speed dater you are.

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Top 5 Tips for Speed Dating Success

Monday August 10, 2015

While everyone from PUA’s to advice columnists are keen to give step-by-step practical guidance in how to achieve success at speed dating events, John argues that these mean nothing without a deeper appreciation of how and why such techniques work.

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Sex on Thursday, Birth a Prime Minister on Saturday

Friday August 7, 2015

There may be seven days in a week, every week, but what you choose to do on each day could radically change your life. John explores the statistical anomalies that inform our seven day cycle.

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Original Dating Guide To London - Restaurants

Thursday August 6, 2015

Every so often I like to pretend I’m a young gentleman about town. Notwithstanding my age and the fact I don’t get out much, it’s about time I shared with you some of the new eateries that have appeared on my radar recently.

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29% of People Believe They’ll Never Fall In Love - The Online Dating Effect

Wednesday August 5, 2015

As a recent poll suggests increasing cynicism among daters at the prospect of finding love, John argues it’s a natural effect of the growing popularity of online dating.

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Original Dating & All Bar One Present: Wine Wednesday LAUNCH!

Tuesday August 4, 2015

I think I’m in heaven. We’ve joined forces with All Bar One to bring together two of London’s favourite past times – speed dating and drinking! And not just any drinking but that finest of elixirs, wine.

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John's Guide to Wine

Monday August 3, 2015

“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ― Andre Simon

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Event Report - Rock The Boat 2015!

Monday August 3, 2015

240 single revellers, 24 degrees, plenty of sunshine and a one of the finest river cruises in London. This was Saturday afternoon’s Rock The Boat Party 2015.

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John Visits The Home Office - And Secrets May Be Revealed

Thursday July 30, 2015

I’m excited. I wouldn’t normally class myself as an excitable person. Energetic maybe, but not excitable. Yet I’m really excited. In two days we have our most exciting event of the year – Rock the Boat 2015!

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How to Train a Dating Host - The Secrets They Don't Want You To Know

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Our annual Rock The Boat Lock & Key Parties are the biggest and most anticipated singles events of the year. It’s imperative that we have the best hosts to ensure the afternoon goes as well as it can. But party hosts aren’t born. They’re made.

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Just 4 Days Remain – It’s Decision Time

Tuesday July 28, 2015

As I write this, we have just four days until our biggest and most anticipated event of the year – Rock The Boat 2015.

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John's Top 5 Sexy Summer Foods - Medicinally Speaking

Wednesday July 22, 2015

When it comes to food, there are a couple of classic items that everyone generally accepts assist in boosting the libido. Chocolate, chillies, oysters, asparagus… But if you’re not in the mood for spicy chocolate dipped bi-valves that make your pee smell funny, and if you fancy something a little more summery there are some readily available options that won’t break the bank. So here are my top 5 erotically energising summer foods.

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Travelling Your Way to Mr or Ms Right

Tuesday July 21, 2015

I spent around 15 years overseas. A number of years wandering through various countries in Asia before nearly a decade in Australia. In that time I had numerous relationships, fell in love, got engaged, broke up, fell in love, broke up, fell in lust… you know how it goes. A few years ago I ended up back in blighty, met a girl in West London, fell in love and got married earlier this year.

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T-12 Days until the Biggest Event of the Year - Rock The Boat Pary 2015!

Monday July 20, 2015

I love countdowns. New Year’s Eve, space craft launches, how many days until pay day… Countdowns create a growing sense of excitement and expectation around a momentous event. And we now have our very own. It’s T-12 days until our biggest event of the year – The Rock The Boat Summer Lock & Key Party!

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Confessions of a Speed Dating Host

Friday July 17, 2015

If you read yesterday’s Metro you would have come across an article by our very own John Davis on some of the stranger things he’s overheard while hosting a speed dating event. If you didn’t, it would be remiss of us to let you live your life without hearing some of the more peculiar occurrences he’s been witness to over the last thousand or so events.

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Top 10 Cheesiest Lines From Love Films

Monday July 13, 2015

I like cheese. Seriously. I like it on toast, with wine, in a Bolognese, on its own, hey, I’ve even had cheddar flavoured ice cream and liked it. But this is nothing compared to some of the cheese that romantic movies have served up over the years. So to celebrate the upcoming launch of our Movie Buff Speed Dating night, here are my top 10 cheesiest lines from romantic films.

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What does the Future Hold for Dating?

Thursday July 9, 2015

With the dating world awash with websites, apps, swipey bits and things that go ping in the night, all promising to match you up with your next date, lover, spouse, etc. what will be the next big thing?

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A Coffee Based Guide to Modern Relationship Types

Friday June 26, 2015

While monogamy may be a relatively recent addition to the relationship arsenal – at least in evolutionary terms – and the idea of marriage being about love rather than a socio-financial exchange even newer, it’s fair to say that when people talk of ‘traditional’ relationships, they’re generally referring to heterosexual, monogamous, private and vanilla couplings.

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It's Here! Rock The Boat - Summer Boat Party 2015

Tuesday June 23, 2015

While Valentine’s Day is the Christmas of the dating industry, this is the event we at Original Dating really look forward to and you’d be mad to miss it. It’s Rock The Boat, our biggest and best party of the year.

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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.