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Summer in the City - Lock & Key Party!

Wednesday May 27, 2015

We host plenty of events in cracking venues and, when summer hits, we welcome hundreds of you aboard our justifiably famous boat parties. And yet, there’s more to a London summer than just the river.

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Five ways to tell if he's a keeper - on date number one

Thursday May 21, 2015

This is number one and the story's just begun singing doo-wa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-doo Um… Sorry. Got a little carried away there. Back to the task at hand. Helping the serious single navigate the riverways of romance.

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Lock & Key Parties - A Guide for the Perplexed

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Before you start balking at the thought of a 70’s throwback and a very large bowl, fear not. Lock and Key is a really straight forward way to make sure everyone mingles without the need for awkward silences.

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I got a match and he hasn’t replied

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Against patriarchal tradition you’ve reached out and messaged Mr Possibly Rather Nice. The only thing is, it’s been a few days and you've heard nothing.

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Event Report: Mingle at The Mal Lock and Key Party

Monday May 18, 2015

What started out at 8pm as a relatively sedate affair had, within 30 minutes, erupted into a full blown party – The perfect introduction to the Summer.

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Drinks, dinner or coffee?

Tuesday May 12, 2015

So what is the best first date? Drinks, coffee or dinner? Obviously being the urbane single in London you have myriad options at your disposal. But I’ve only got space for about 600 words so let’s stick to the classics. Allow me to indulge in a little compare and contrast of the relative merits and demerits of these traditional dating options.

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Event Review - Quiz Dating

Thursday May 7, 2015

Okay. I admit it. I’m a bit of a geek. I love quizzes. To me they offer the perfect opportunity to pretend you have knowledge while proving you don’t, and at the same time are a great way to meet a whole bunch of people in a relaxed, fun environment.

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John's top riverside bars to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend

Friday May 1, 2015

There is very little better during a summer bank holiday in London than chilling out by the river with good company and good beer.

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Dating times. They are a’ changin’

Thursday April 30, 2015

Following the revolution in dating apps sparked by the emergence of Tinder, the ease at which we get to meet people virtually has been central to the dating app industry.

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Is exercise the new social lubricant?

Tuesday April 28, 2015

Believe it or not, I used to exercise. A lot. Granted, I was 16 and yes this is an ‘I was a contender’ plea, but still, I like to think I know a thing or two about getting fit.

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Daring to date: Are you date ready?

Tuesday April 28, 2015

Original Dating has teamed up with dating expert, Jerry O'hare to bring you a series of practical articles based on his forthcoming book, Daring to Date, due to be published later in the year. Over to Jerry. Enjoy!

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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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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.