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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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Why Music Taste is the Food of Love – And What You Can Do About it

Monday June 22, 2015

It’s true. A scientifically verified, indisputable cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die god’s honest fact. Music is nice. In fact, I’ll challenge anyone to say they don’t like music.

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Why Are Men Afraid of Dating Events?

Thursday June 18, 2015

In my last post I highlighted the fact that 40% of men report feeling ‘fear’ when meeting someone for that all important first date. This could explain the well-known phenomenon in the dating event industry that sees men only really booking up at the last minute while women tend to book weeks in advance. Some may churlishly suggest this is due to men’s general inability to plan, or an innate fear of commitment. For my money the truth lies elsewhere.

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Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Sex and Dating

Wednesday June 17, 2015

I’ve been writing about dating for a few years now so I decided it was probably about time to brush up on my research. I mean, proper research with books ‘n stuff, not going on lots of dates. Methinks my partner would not approve of the latter. It seems the ‘game’ has changed considerably over the last couple of years and not just because of the impact of apps and technology.

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What Exactly Does Original Dating Do?

Monday June 15, 2015

On this blog I talk a lot about best places to go in London, give advice on various aspects of dating, highlight some of our events, give more advice on dating and hopefully entertain you along the way. At the bottom of each blog you’ll always find a link to our events that in some way relate to what i’m writing about.

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Ten Reasons Why Speed Dating is the Summers Hottest Night Out

Wednesday June 10, 2015

Normally, summer sees a bit of a slowdown on the speed dating front. And yet, such events are more popular than ever. From funky pop up speed dating in the trendier parts of the city, to quiz and literary speed dating for the more cerebrally celebratory, single londoners are taking to the format at a rate matched only by our thirst for gin. To explain why, John gives us his ten reasons speed dating is this summers hottest night out.

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Why Summertime Speed Dating is Particularly Special

Tuesday June 9, 2015

If large summer parties are Ibiza on steroids, then summer speed dating in London is the Italian hill top private bar over-looking the Mediterranean. Or so says John Davis as he explains why the summer is the best time for speed dating.

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The Top 6 Things Men 1st Notice About Women – And How to use them to Your Advantage

Monday June 8, 2015

Last time I wrote about the top 6 things girls first notice about guys. The general consensus from guys was surprise and, from girls, acknowledgement. So it will be interesting to see if the opposite is true.

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The Utimate Lock & Key Party FAQ

Monday June 8, 2015

Our lock and key parties are justifiably becoming the most sought after singles events in London. You have a brilliant conversation starter in lock and key – including champagne prizes - mini speed date sessions just so you can say you’ve given it a go, a great nights entertainment from an exceptional live band, and our own unique matching app, Mixeo, so you can stay in touch with those you connect with.

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The Top 6 Things Women 1st Notice About Men – And How to use them to Your Advantage

Friday June 5, 2015

You know you’re a nice guy right? You’re single, have a job, friendly (and have good friends), and people say you’re great company. Your female friends regularly express surprise that you’re still single. Yet the idea of meeting someone who isn’t a friend of a friend while out of an evening not only seems an impossibility, it fills you with a slight, but genuine, dread.

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Dating Profile Clichés – And Other True Stories

Thursday June 4, 2015

There’s no doubt that the stigma surrounding online dating is in significant retreat. At the same time, traditional online dating, while not statistically in decline, is finding its dominance challenged by the emergence of dating apps.

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UK Singles Spend £4bn a Year on Dates

Wednesday June 3, 2015

According to one analysis, daters in the UK are the most romantic in Europe. Another reading would have it that we rely too heavily on money to pave the way to dating success. Either way, UK daters spend almost three times more than their European counterparts over the whole dating process.

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Do Male Dating Bloggers Exist in London? The Answer

Tuesday June 2, 2015

Last week I wrote an article entitled ‘Where are all the Male Dating Bloggers?’ One wit mailed me stating simply, “On the internet you div.” Notwithstanding that I haven’t heard the word ‘div’ since I was seven, my response would have to be, well obviously, but where?

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John's Top 10 Worst Summer Songs

Monday June 1, 2015

As you’ve probably guessed by now, I’m a huge fan of the summer. If the summer was a band I’d have all the albums, be constantly following their tour and have slept with all the members.

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Where are all the Male Dating Bloggers?

Friday May 29, 2015

It’s a peculiar fact that the vast majority of dating bloggers are female. Even among match makers gents are underrepresented. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an equality debate. Those who know me will testify to my tendency to publicly rail against the patriarchy and I’m a firm believer in forms of positive discrimination.

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Sporty Socials in Time for Summer

Thursday May 28, 2015

We've had a few sunny days of late which raises the question, is summer just around the corner? Personally I hope so. Although, given the number of years since my days of high sporting achievement, the thought of bearing even the smallest part of my pale body in public fills me with anxiety.

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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.