I think I’m in heaven. We’ve joined forces with All Bar One to bring together two of London’s favourite past times – speed dating and drinking! And not just any drinking but that finest of elixirs, wine.
“Wine makes every meal an occasion, every table more elegant, every day more civilized.” ― Andre Simon
240 single revellers, 24 degrees, plenty of sunshine and a one of the finest river cruises in London. This was Saturday afternoon’s Rock The Boat Party 2015.
I’m excited. I wouldn’t normally class myself as an excitable person. Energetic maybe, but not excitable. Yet I’m really excited. In two days we have our most exciting event of the year – Rock the Boat 2015!
Our annual Rock The Boat Lock & Key Parties are the biggest and most anticipated singles events of the year. It’s imperative that we have the best hosts to ensure the afternoon goes as well as it can. But party hosts aren’t born. They’re made.
As I write this, we have just four days until our biggest and most anticipated event of the year – Rock The Boat 2015.
When it comes to food, there are a couple of classic items that everyone generally accepts assist in boosting the libido. Chocolate, chillies, oysters, asparagus… But if you’re not in the mood for spicy chocolate dipped bi-valves that make your pee smell funny, and if you fancy something a little more summery there are some readily available options that won’t break the bank. So here are my top 5 erotically energising summer foods.
I spent around 15 years overseas. A number of years wandering through various countries in Asia before nearly a decade in Australia. In that time I had numerous relationships, fell in love, got engaged, broke up, fell in love, broke up, fell in lust… you know how it goes. A few years ago I ended up back in blighty, met a girl in West London, fell in love and got married earlier this year.
I love countdowns. New Year’s Eve, space craft launches, how many days until pay day… Countdowns create a growing sense of excitement and expectation around a momentous event. And we now have our very own. It’s T-12 days until our biggest event of the year – The Rock The Boat Summer Lock & Key Party!
If you read yesterday’s Metro you would have come across an article by our very own John Davis on some of the stranger things he’s overheard while hosting a speed dating event. If you didn’t, it would be remiss of us to let you live your life without hearing some of the more peculiar occurrences he’s been witness to over the last thousand or so events.
I like cheese. Seriously. I like it on toast, with wine, in a Bolognese, on its own, hey, I’ve even had cheddar flavoured ice cream and liked it. But this is nothing compared to some of the cheese that romantic movies have served up over the years. So to celebrate the upcoming launch of our Movie Buff Speed Dating night, here are my top 10 cheesiest lines from romantic films.
With the dating world awash with websites, apps, swipey bits and things that go ping in the night, all promising to match you up with your next date, lover, spouse, etc. what will be the next big thing?
While monogamy may be a relatively recent addition to the relationship arsenal – at least in evolutionary terms – and the idea of marriage being about love rather than a socio-financial exchange even newer, it’s fair to say that when people talk of ‘traditional’ relationships, they’re generally referring to heterosexual, monogamous, private and vanilla couplings.
While Valentine’s Day is the Christmas of the dating industry, this is the event we at Original Dating really look forward to and you’d be mad to miss it. It’s Rock The Boat, our biggest and best party of the year.
It’s true. A scientifically verified, indisputable cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die god’s honest fact. Music is nice. In fact, I’ll challenge anyone to say they don’t like music.
In my last post I highlighted the fact that 40% of men report feeling ‘fear’ when meeting someone for that all important first date. This could explain the well-known phenomenon in the dating event industry that sees men only really booking up at the last minute while women tend to book weeks in advance. Some may churlishly suggest this is due to men’s general inability to plan, or an innate fear of commitment. For my money the truth lies elsewhere.
I’ve been writing about dating for a few years now so I decided it was probably about time to brush up on my research. I mean, proper research with books ‘n stuff, not going on lots of dates. Methinks my partner would not approve of the latter. It seems the ‘game’ has changed considerably over the last couple of years and not just because of the impact of apps and technology.
On this blog I talk a lot about best places to go in London, give advice on various aspects of dating, highlight some of our events, give more advice on dating and hopefully entertain you along the way. At the bottom of each blog you’ll always find a link to our events that in some way relate to what i’m writing about.
Normally, summer sees a bit of a slowdown on the speed dating front. And yet, such events are more popular than ever. From funky pop up speed dating in the trendier parts of the city, to quiz and literary speed dating for the more cerebrally celebratory, single londoners are taking to the format at a rate matched only by our thirst for gin. To explain why, John gives us his ten reasons speed dating is this summers hottest night out.
If large summer parties are Ibiza on steroids, then summer speed dating in London is the Italian hill top private bar over-looking the Mediterranean. Or so says John Davis as he explains why the summer is the best time for speed dating.
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.
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.
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!
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.