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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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ARE YOU SINGLE AND DATING?

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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CALLING ALL FLATMATES! [New C4 Documentary]

Tuesday March 19, 2013

CALLING ALL FLATMATES! [New C4 Documentary]

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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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Valentine’s 2013 – A Tale of 2 Speed Dates & Our Biggest Lock & Key Party EVER!

Friday March 8, 2013

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "Never, in the field of human dating, has so much dating been done, by some many, in so few venues", in this case one.

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Review of The London Cocktail Club - Goodge Street Gin Palace

Tuesday February 26, 2013

If you like your cocktails served up with an admirable amount of kitsch and Tom Cruise/Brian Brown shaming flaming then The London Cocktail Club deserves a visit.

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Review of The Sugar Cane Bar, Clapham Junction

Tuesday February 12, 2013

Themed bars seem to be enjoying a bit of resurgence lately. Perhaps hipster irony has joined the mainstream and it's now ironic to be ironic about irony… or something.

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Top 5 locations for a cultural date in London

Thursday February 7, 2013

Fancy a bit of Kulcha in your dating life? Looking to impress with your knowledge of the more intellectual offerings of this fine city? Then let me guide you through my top 5 cultural date venues.

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Review of The Hanbury Arms, Islington

Monday February 4, 2013

Located sufficiently far from the main Islington drag to be classed as a classy local, The Hanbury Arms is a wonderful addition to any North Londoners hideaway pubs list.

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Valentines 2013 – The Original Dating Way

Monday January 21, 2013

2012 was a tough year for most of us. Crazy weather, financial struggles, companies going bust. If you're single it can be even harder. Which is why people seem to be turning to the more important things in life. Other people.

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Valentines Lock & Key Party 2013 - Valentine's in the Vault

Thursday January 17, 2013

Ah Valentines Day. One theory has it as a tribute to a martyred saint who performed marriage ceremonies for soldiers (banned from betrothal) and administering to Christians during a particularly brutal period of the Roman Empire.

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Our HUGE Valentine's Speed Dating Event & After Party 2013

Wednesday January 16, 2013

Valentines Night 2013 Double Speed Dating and After Party Thursday February 14, 2013 @ The Exhibit, Balham

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Dating is about People Not Pixels

Friday January 11, 2013

There's no doubt that online dating is popular these days, but I think it's fair to say it does have some drawbacks. Let's examine them.

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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 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.