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Do Online Marriages Really Last Longer?

Thursday June 6, 2013

So, a recently published report has found that couples that meet online enjoy longer lasting marriages. Apparently this is due to the time it takes to meet someone and the amount of information you find out about each other before doing so.

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Why We Won't Be Seen on TV

Wednesday June 5, 2013

I'm often asked why we, as Original Dating, don't court appearances on TV. The greater dating world is, after all, mad for it.

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Five Speed Dating Tips For Girls

Wednesday May 22, 2013

The perception of speed dating has changed significantly in the last 10 years or so. No longer seen as the preserve of the desperate and dateless, it has become a normal – dare I say fashionable – way to meet like minded individuals, even if it is just for fun evening out.

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Dispelling the myths of the so called dating gurus

Thursday May 16, 2013

The dating industry is worth billions and some have got very, very rich indeed off the back of one of our greatest fears: remaining alone. There are literally thousands of books dedicated to teaching people how to 'pick up' - The little tricks and tactics to make you absolutely irresistible to all but the deceased.

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The Original Guide to The River Thames

Tuesday May 14, 2013

As the Summer creeps up on us like some naughty school boy that didn't come home for dinner when called, it's time to embrace the best of London in the sun.

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London's Best Rooftop Bars

Saturday May 11, 2013

Notwithstanding the vagaries of British weather, it's that time of year to dust off the sun cream, smile in the face of sunburn and seek out some of the best spots in London to watch the city come alive from above. London's skyline is amazing and so enjoying a drink with a view is always a pleasure. The trouble with rooftop bars is just that. They're on a rooftop so not always easy to spot from ground level. Worry no more as we've done all the searching for you.

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How to be the Perfect Pickup Artist [Infographic]

Monday April 22, 2013

We came across this rather funny infographic about how guys might go about picking up girls using special pick-up techniques. You never know this might work but we'd always recomend being yourself. Enjoy.

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Why Original Dating is Still London’s Number One for Speed Dating

Wednesday April 17, 2013

When people find out I do speed dating I’m generally asked two specific questions: What sort of people go? And which events are the best?

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Rock The Boat! Thames Boat Party - Saturday May 18, 2013

Friday April 12, 2013

I’m going to make a prediction. The weather is going to get much better. Okay this may be as vague as a professional psychics claims and appear overly optimistic but we could all do with a bit more optimism.

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Six Romantic Cocktails From Our Best Speed Dating Venues

Monday April 8, 2013

We’ve looked at almost every aspect of dating in this blog. How to woo with words; most romantic restaurants; top date locations; worst dating lines… But what we haven’t done is focus on one of the main businesses of the venues we run events in. Drink.

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5 New Rules For ‘New’ World Dating

Friday April 5, 2013

The Dating World has changed, not least because of the influence of technology. Yet chivalry and manners still operate in the same way and can make the difference between a wonderful second and third date or a polite thanks but no thanks.

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Four Easter Weekend Ideas for Singles

Sunday March 31, 2013

Ah Easter. A peculiar time of year. Depending on your belief system, it’s either a time for mourning, a time for celebrating, or simply time off work.

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10 Odd EasterFacts

Friday March 29, 2013

The history of Easter is somewhat mired in controversy. These days it is predominantly a traditional Christian festival marking the anniversary of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. But does it stem from a pagan festival celebrating the Goddess Oestre – goddess of growth and rebirth, or the Jewish Pesach, or a combination of many different beliefs?

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Top Five Tips For Your First London Speed Dating Experience

Thursday March 28, 2013

Thousands of single folk take part in speed dating every month. There’s a very good reason of course – It’s a lot of fun and it's a great way of meeting people fast.

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Win Tickets to the Sex Guru

Thursday March 28, 2013

We've teamed up with the producers of Wolfgang Weinbergers Sex Guru, The sexological Comedy Show to offer one lucky winner two free tickets to see this hillarious comedy playing at The Leicester Square Theatre!

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Monday March 25, 2013

“DATE NIGHT” (w/t) is a new, primetime interactive Channel 4 series. C4 are searching for real people who are serious about finding the right partner. Get in touch with them if you are interested in taking part...

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10 Strange Dating Facts

Friday March 22, 2013

Some odd little factoids from around the dating world.

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Top Five Tips For Your First London Speed Dating Experience

Friday March 22, 2013

Thousands of single folk take part in speed dating every month. There’s very good reason for this of course – It’s a lot of fun and nothing gets you dating like speed dating!

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Tuesday March 19, 2013


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First Date Ideas: 5 Romantic London Restaurants

Friday March 15, 2013

It’s time to make that reservation, if you haven’t already. And even if you don’t yet have a date, we have a few events at which you will most likely find at least one dining partner before the weekend. So, with this in mind, here is, in no particular order, my top 5 most romantic restaurants for this Valentines week.

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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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