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Dating Events This Week

Tuesday July 15, 2014

If you’re thinking about trying speed dating for this first time why not make this week the one where you take the plunge? We’re running four events and all of them have seen really high booking levels over the past few days. This means only one thing, plenty of dates for you!

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Top Speed Dating Tips by Caroline

Monday June 30, 2014

Dating expert Carolyn McKline trawls through the oodles of speed dating tips available and compiles practical advice for real people considering speed dating for the first time.

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Tips for safe dating

Thursday June 26, 2014

Original Dating have been responsible for thousands dates as a result of people attending our dating events and parties. Many people that matched at our events have gone on to have relationships and dozens of couples people got married as a result of meeting at one of our events. Dating events are a very safe place to meet people for the first time. Even so, it's worth being cautious when meet people for the first time outside of our events.

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The History of Speed Dating

Tuesday June 24, 2014

Our research tells us that a Los Angeles Rabbi called Yaacov Deyo invented speed dating in the late nineties as a way for young Jewish singles to meet and find a partner.

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We'll pay for your opinion!

Tuesday June 17, 2014

It’s time for our annual events survey and we’d love to hear your feedback on some ideas we’ve got in the pipeline. We believe one good turn deserves another so we’re offering a 50% off discount voucher for anyone kind enough to fill out our survey. There’s only 16 questions so it will only take you a few minutes.

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Some more lovely feedback

Friday May 23, 2014

We're in a fortunate position, we're able to run high quality dating events that really work for people. We get a lot of emails from happy clients and another example arrived this week.

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Why it’s important to get dating the right way round

Thursday May 22, 2014

For many singles seeking to meet new people for romantic liaisons in 2014 the internet, it’s established, is the obvious place to start. Online dating sites are the newspaper personal columns of our time. Vast directories of willing singles, all in one convenient place. But here, the listings are searchable and filterable by every possible metric imaginable. For the right-thinking single this is the obvious hunting ground, surely.

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Thursday May 15, 2014

We often get approached by TV production companies looking for willing participants. From time to time we'll publish their requests on our blog. Here's the latest one!

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Our BIG Summer Boat Party 2014

Tuesday April 29, 2014

On Saturday June 7, 2014 we're having a HUGE boat party and it's called Rock The Boat. 250 people will join us aboard the good ship Golden Jubilee for this three hour afternoon party cruise on the River Thames and we'd absolutely love you to be there too.

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More Speed Dating Success

Wednesday April 23, 2014

We hear a lot of success stories from people that met at our speed dating events and parties across London. Here's another example of one that popped into our inbox last week. There's really nothing nicer than knowing our events bring so many people together.

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Event Report: The Spring Fling Lock & Key Party

Tuesday April 15, 2014

We’ve been running singles events a long time now and we ran our first lock and key party 10 years ago in 2004. Since then we’ve run well in excess of 2000 events but still to this day we feel a surge of excitement when party day comes round. Our most recent party was called the Spring Fling and it took place on Saturday April 12, 2014, this time at the newly refurbished, beautifully boutique Malmaison Hotel on Charterhouse Square in Clerkenwell.

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Singles Parties – I already know what you’re thinking…

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Londoners are a funny old lot and I think a lot of us are quite similar. We think of ourselves as cosmopolitan and we enjoy the finer things. We’re the people in the know, on the cutting edge. Leaders not followers. We enjoy our place in the world’s leading global city and we thrive on all the excitement that affords us.

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Our Spring Fling Party is just around the Corner

Monday March 31, 2014

The Spring Fling - Saturday April 12, 2014 Spring seems to have finally sprung and it's such a great time to meet someone new, just in time for what we hope to be another long hot summer. This weekend the clocks have finally changed and for the first time in 2014 there’s a chance you’ll be able to enjoy an after work drink with the sun on your face. Ah, bliss!

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And another one!

Tuesday January 7, 2014

Yesterday we published an email we recieved from a couple that met at one of our speed dating events at Dion in The City. They'd just decided to get married and kindly wanted to let us know they'd met through our event.

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Another Success Story!

Monday January 6, 2014

Since we started Original Dating ten years ago we've heard hundreds of sucess stories from couples that have met at our events and but we never ever tire of hearing new ones.

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Tuesday December 3, 2013

We're throwing a pre-Christmas lock & key party on Saturday 7th of December in the stunning bar of The Malmaison Hotel in Clerkenwell and we'd love you to be there!

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John's Top 5 Warming Winter Venues

Tuesday December 3, 2013

Last time I gave you my Top 5 Winter Dating Venues but let’s be honest, cold is cold. Even the most intrepid of couples will feel the need to warm their proverbial cockles and romance rarely follows frostbite.

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John’s Top Xmas Tips For The Single Londoner – Out and About

Monday November 18, 2013

Looking for some festive outdoor fun in London? Check out John's pick of date destinations in London this winter.

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Monday November 11, 2013

Back in 2010, a documentary – Catfish* - was released that followed the exploits of Nev Schulman. Nev had established a serious relationship online but suspicions grew as to the veracity of his paramour’s true identity. Nev undertakes to meet her in person. In reality she is, of course, somewhat different from her online persona.

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A little update

Thursday November 7, 2013

It’s been a while since my last article but here I am back at the keyboard and I’ve got to admit, it’s a relief.

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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.