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To beard or not to beard. Is that a question?

Friday March 6, 2015

Peak Beard or Hirsute Heaven. Every so often I get asked for fashion advice. If you’ve ever met me this simple fact is hilarious and you’re probably unable to read the rest of the article because of laughter induced incapacitation.

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The Spring Fling Lock & Key Party 2015

Friday March 6, 2015

Tickets Now Available For The Most Anticipated Singles Event of the Year SPRING NEEDS YOU!

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Speed Dating in Earlsfield

Friday March 6, 2015

Following on from my last blog post about holding events in lovely local establishments for the more discerning individual we're pleased to announce a new partnership, this time in Earlsfield.

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The top five books to impress her

Thursday March 5, 2015

We’re about to launch the UK’s first regular Literary Speed Dating Event. Think of it as a kind of speed dating book club. So never let it be said we send you into the world unprepared.

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How to WOW in four minutes

Thursday March 5, 2015

It’s always a tough one, particularly for the first timer, and one of the major questions I get asked at Speed Date events in London – what should I talk about?

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These guys were not expecting THIS when they went speed dating [VIDEO]

Wednesday March 4, 2015

It's a dangerous game to judge a book by it's cover when you go speed dating. Here's what happens when you do. Check out this amazing video.

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Review: The Anthologist in The City

Wednesday March 4, 2015

The City of London is known for its attraction to big. Big bonuses, big budgets, big brands and big bars.

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Tinder: How about trying 3D Tinder?

Wednesday March 4, 2015

Tinder: The world’s best finger exerciser! "It’s not just about looks! Oh hang on. Yes it is." Tinder has taken the world by storm. Apparently. It’s estimated the app will have 100 million users by the end of 2015 worldwide and is currently worth a staggering UD$1.1bn. The numbers are certainly impressive. But is it any good? Well, no. But let’s look at how it works.

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Review of Nordic Bar, Central London

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Tucked away in one of Fitzrovia’s more obscure streets is a gem of a basement bar - Nordic. With a nod to the dive bars of old but with a professional polish, Nordic combines an open front tabled area with a few little nooks and crannies for those more intimate discussions. Scandinavian wood is the furniture material of choice which, when combined with friendly and efficient table service no matter how busy it gets, provides a surprisingly comfortable evening of food and drink.

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Dating Venue Review: Black and Blue, London, West End

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Black & Blue has been part of the Original Dating venue stable for a while now but since its beautiful new refurbishment we thought it warranted an update.

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Venue Review: The Dukes Head, Putney

Tuesday March 3, 2015

Something’s happening in South West London that’s challenging the dominance of bars north of the river. Local pubs seem to be enjoying a renaissance and this is particularly true of the Wandsworth area.

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Speed Dating Launches in Putney

Monday March 2, 2015

So we've got all the cocktail bars, secret basement dives, champagne venues and other central London frippery covered. And we love it. But London is about a lot more than the West End, the City and a few inner London areas only accessible by fixed wheel bicycle.

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Newsletter February 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015 It may only be February but it's been a busy time for us here at Original HQ.

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Book lovers seeking lovers in London

Friday February 27, 2015

Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it. –P.J. O’Rourke

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A review of our Valentine's night boat party

Thursday February 26, 2015

Valentine's weekend is, with good reason, the busiest weekend in the singles events calendar. It seems everyone and their pet animal of choice is running an event. Having worked in the industry for around a decade I've seen them all and it's clear that some work better than others.

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Introducing Literary Speed Dating in London

Friday February 20, 2015

Introducing Literary speed dating First event: Tuesday March 10, 2014 - Nordic, W1 Up to 20 four minute dates. Bring a book. Discuss a book. Discuss each other. Date again?

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Photos of our Valentine's Party - Valentine's Unlocked 2015

Friday February 20, 2015

Valentine's Unlocked Party 2015 [Photos] 250 people joined us for our 2015 Valentine's night bash aboard The Golden Jubilee. We took in the stunning London skyline, danced and met loads of new people. It was a hell of a night! [More pictures to follow soon!]

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Our Valentine's Night Boat Party - Valentine's Unlocked!

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Valentine's Unlocked Boat Party 2015 Saturday Feb 14, 2015

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5 top tips to prepare for a first date

Friday January 16, 2015

Dating can be tough, but the rewards can offer you more than enough to compensate for the initial scary step into the dating world. If you’ve met someone on a speed dating night that you’d like to get to know better, and you’re planning your first “proper” date, it can be pretty nerve-wracking. With this in mind, we’ve put together 5 of the most important tips to help that first date go well. You never know, it may be the start of something special!

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Mixeo Featured in The Metro

Thursday November 13, 2014

We were already keen followers of Jenny Stallard's quest to find a boyfriend in time for Christmas in The Metro. Her Boyfriend by Christmas column has been a highly entertaining insight into the weird and wonderful world of dating in London and beyond.

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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 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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