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London First Date Venue of the Week – Blacklock for a Sunday Roast

Tuesday January 26, 2016

One of the most satisfying aspect of being in a relationship is the lazy Sundays. You know, when you spend the morning dozing in bed with the papers (or iPad) before strolling to your local for a Sunday roast and a few pints in the afternoon.

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Where shall I take my date? - Our latest date ideas

Thursday January 14, 2016

Wherever you are in London, there's always something interesting going on near you. Here are our top 5 picks of places to take your date this week.

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London's BIGGEST Christmas Singles Party

Friday November 6, 2015

We've just confirmed the venue for this year's Christmas Party and it's set to be our biggest event of the year with over 300 people attending.

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The Pre-Christmas Dating Rush

Tuesday November 3, 2015

Quite rightly, most normal people groan when they hear mention of Christmas in November. We, on the other hand, like most event companies, plan our schedules in advance meaning that we’ve been talking about Christmas events since the Summer. Rest assured, Christmas talk in June is much more depressing than it is in November.

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Another success story!

Thursday October 29, 2015

We love it when we hear from a couple that got together at our events. Today was ones of those days! Take a look at the email we just received from a client of ours that attended a speed dating event and a party just over a year ago.

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Last week’s events and the week ahead

Monday October 26, 2015

It’s the start of another week, so before the phones start ringing, we’re taking the chance to give you run-down of what happened last week along with an insight into what to expect in the week ahead.

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A quick update

Thursday October 22, 2015

With an event taking place somewhere in London practically every night of the week it’s sometimes hard for us to find time to blog. Over the past few weeks, we’ve probably had our busiest run of busiest speed dating events ever. In fact, practically every event we’ve organised has totally sold out and the ones that didn’t were still at 95% of capacity.

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Look what's coming up this week

Monday October 12, 2015

We’re at the beginning of a very busy week at Original Dating HQ and we wanted to bring you up to speed and possibly tempt you along to one of our busy events. Dating can only start after two people meet and very best place to meet people is at our busy speed dating events in London. Join us at an event this week and next week, well the possibilities are endless.

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Top Ten Worlds Weirdest Dating Rituals

Thursday October 8, 2015

Let’s be honest, humans are weird. And never more so than when engaging in the ancient ritual of dating. So many rules and protocols, how are we to make sense of it all?

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What’s in a kiss?

Wednesday October 7, 2015

The kiss. More often than not, the first point at which we publicly and actively communicate desire. And yet the reasons we kiss can differ significantly between men and women. It may seem like a mutually shared attraction and a precursor to further harmonious interactions but scientists (what do they know, right?) suggests otherwise.

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Top 5 Niche Dating Apps That Should Exist

Tuesday September 29, 2015

As if the concept of online and app dating wasn’t weird enough - spend weeks upon end flicking through pictures only to find half are fakes and the other half have lied about something significant - niche dating apps are taking singledom to a whole new level of surreal.

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A Ladies Guide to Dating Rugby Positions

Monday September 28, 2015

A Ladies Guide to Dating Rugby Positions John takes a closer look at male dating stereotypes and discovers an eerie correlation to rugby positions.

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Even The Best Writers Fail at Attraction

Thursday September 24, 2015

You’d think that people with a shared interest in literature, no matter how shy, would have a base level of eloquence that would avoid awkward silences. And yet, even the greatest literary minds of our generation find it hard to describe that most intimate of pastimes. You know. The one that begins with ’s’ and ends with ‘ex’.

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Ladies. How good a speeddater are you? Take our short quiz to find out

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Not long ago I wrote a short quiz so gents could see how good a speed dater they really were. I promised I’d write one for the ladies so here it is. In the interests of scientific balance I thought it only fair to keep the questions the same.

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John’s Top 8 Travel Bug Destinations

Tuesday September 22, 2015

With just one day to go until our next Travel Bug Speed Dating I thought it was about time we looked at some of the most romantic travel destinations around the world. Tomorrow's event is sold out for girls and we have just a couple of male places available.

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Gents. How good a speed dater are you? Take our short quiz to find out.

Friday September 18, 2015

Whether speaking to members of the opposite sex fills your with dread, or you think you’re the Didier Drogba of speed dating, our short quiz will tell you exactly what sort of speed dater you are.

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Top 5 Tips for Speed Dating Success

Monday August 10, 2015

While everyone from PUA’s to advice columnists are keen to give step-by-step practical guidance in how to achieve success at speed dating events, John argues that these mean nothing without a deeper appreciation of how and why such techniques work.

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Sex on Thursday, Birth a Prime Minister on Saturday

Friday August 7, 2015

There may be seven days in a week, every week, but what you choose to do on each day could radically change your life. John explores the statistical anomalies that inform our seven day cycle.

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Original Dating Guide To London - Restaurants

Thursday August 6, 2015

Every so often I like to pretend I’m a young gentleman about town. Notwithstanding my age and the fact I don’t get out much, it’s about time I shared with you some of the new eateries that have appeared on my radar recently.

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29% of People Believe They’ll Never Fall In Love - The Online Dating Effect

Wednesday August 5, 2015

As a recent poll suggests increasing cynicism among daters at the prospect of finding love, John argues it’s a natural effect of the growing popularity of online dating.

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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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