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Summer Dating - Fashion Tips For Men

Friday April 24, 2015

Man alive, the weather recently has been fantastic! And each day some doomsayer proclaims that tomorrow it will ‘go back to normal’. But whether it does or does not, summer really is just around the corner.

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Event Report: The Spring Fling Party - April 2015

Thursday April 23, 2015

There’s something special about spring. I don’t know if it’s the taste of things to come following all the rain of winter, or simply the idea of new beginnings. Either way, our Spring Fling 2015 certainly ushered in the new season with style.

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Why Sunlight Makes Meeting Dates Easier

Friday April 17, 2015

Ah the sun. As in the star at the centre of our solar system, not the controversial news rag. What is it about sunshine that causes such joy? More importantly, why is it that spring and summer see a massive surge of romanticism? Granted it could be as simple as more people are out and about and thus mixing more. It could also be that people are wearing less, revealing more skin and increasing the amount of pheromones released into the air. But, according to a thing called science, there are more reasons why sunshine really is a progenitor of love, lust and generally delicious dalliances.

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John’s Top Pick of London Dating Blogs

Thursday April 16, 2015

There are some very successful dating bloggers out there at the moment. But I was recently party to a twitter conversation between two such bloggers in which they lamented the possibility that they may in fact meet someone, at which stage their blogging career would effectively end.

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Gentlemen of London, this city needs you. Yes YOU!

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Gentlemen of London, this city needs you. Yes YOU! The single one with the face and stuff. I’m the first to declare that men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus. And yet there are some glaring behavioural differences – albeit socially constructed – between the sexes.

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Feel the fear and speed date anyway! – A guide for the guys

Monday March 23, 2015

I apologise. The title of this blog sounds like a motivational exercise video from the 80’s replete with golden mullet and over-white teeth. Then again, from the questions I’m often asked and what many people are telling me, there is quite a lot of nervousness when it comes to speed dating. Since year 1ASD (after speed dating roughly circa. 2000AD) the perception of speed dating has changed immeasurably. Well not quite. I measured it. It’s about yay long.

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How to reply to an online dating message

Friday March 20, 2015

Er meh gerd! You so, like, totes got a message! So how do you like, y’know, respond n stuff? Congratulations. You’ve clearly been reading my advice and written an awesome profile, your photos look good and you’ve been rewarded with a message!

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Lock & Key - A Guide for the Perplexed

Thursday March 19, 2015

Before we start, some trivia for you: Cagophily - the collecting of keys. Cleithrophobia - The fear of being trapped or locked up. Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or perhaps locked up in prison – you’ll know that very soon we have our Spring Fling Party 2015.

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Online dating messages: Why she doesn't always respond

Wednesday March 18, 2015

You’ve plucked up the courage to send a message to that one profile you’re convinced is perfect. The only problem? It’s been 2 days and nothing. Notwithstanding the lottery that is online dating (see my article here), there are a significant number of reasons why she hasn’t responded, and it’s entirely possible it has nothing to do with you. So let’s have a look at some of them.

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Top 5 Reasons why online dating is unlikely to work for you

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Online Dating is a misnomer, the internet is full of fakes and liars and the industry has got it all wrong. At least so thinks our regular blogger John Davis. So here’s John’s top 5 reasons why online dating isn't all it’s cracked up to be.

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Top 10 Signs She's Attracted To You

Monday March 16, 2015

It’s a question as old as time itself. Is she attracted to me? Contrary to popular belief, we men are a desperately insecure lot when it comes to attraction. We could be getting every signal under the sun that the feeling is mutual and yet, that small sliver of doubt will always make more noise in our subconscious than the most obvious signs available. With this in mind, and after conferring with the greatest scientific brains of the modern era, we can finally reveal the top 10 signs that, YES, she really is attracted to you.

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Top 10 Signs He's Attracted To You

Friday March 13, 2015

It can be nerve-wracking getting into the singles dating type world. What do you say? How do you act? How do you know if they’re interested? While there are no hard and fast rules to identifying attraction there are a few clues that can be picked up along the way.

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Cycle speed dating. Should we?

Thursday March 12, 2015

We’ve been asked recently if we’d run some cycle speed dating events. Simply, speed dating events especially for people that cycle. As always, we’re keen on running new and innovative speed dating events designed to appeal to people with common interests so naturally the answer was yes.

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The next step - How to get her to reply to your message

Thursday March 12, 2015

The speed dating event went well. You met a few great people. You even got a few matches on Mixeo. So how do you turn these online matches into something more substantial? How do you message someone to increase the possibility they will reply?

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Bar Crawler

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Hosting a ridiculously fun speed dating event last night means that today I have a slight hangover. This hangover has forced me to re-evaluate my life… Evaluation complete. I love it.

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Literary speed dating - How it went

Wednesday March 11, 2015

Last night literary London got some luvvin as we launched the UK’s first regular Literary speed date event.

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5 Reasons Why Last Night A Speed Date Saved My Life

Tuesday March 10, 2015

I’m not normally a cynical person but sometimes the day to day can become mundane. Yesterday I had one of ‘those days’. Work was slow, bills were flowing in, the writing side of my brain wasn’t working properly and I essentially spent 8 hours staring at a computer screen. All I wanted to do was head home, eat pizza, drink wine and watch some rubbish on Netflix.

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Top Five Books To Impress him

Monday March 9, 2015

Hello fellow sapiosexuals one and all. I think we can all agree there’s something attractive about people who carry an easy intelligence with them. The problem is, how can you tell? And even if you can, how do you impress in equal measure?

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Review: The Imperial Durbar

Monday March 9, 2015

The decadence of the Raj circa 1890’s sits easily with a more relaxed Indian wicker and Pimms tone at this relative newcomer to Tooting, The Imperial Durbar.

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The Top 10 Reasons why Visiting the Toilet Could Save Your Speed Date

Friday March 6, 2015

Speed dating events in London are the perfect way to meet like-minded singles. You'll meet a lot of people when you speed date and the chances are you'll meet at least one person you click with. However, quite naturally not everyone you meet is going to be your type. How do you deal with that one in ten that really isn’t for you? What to do if things get awkward? Occasionally, for whatever reason, it’s best to bow out gracefully and give yourself a bit of personal space. Doing so at the right time can reap significant benefits in the medium term. So here are my top ten tips on why excusing yourself for a bathroom break could reinvigorate your speed date.

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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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