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London’s most popular speed dating event

Thursday October 20, 2016

Fridays. For most of us it’s the day we look forward to most. It marks the end of the week’s toil and the beginning of two days of rest. It’s hard to image Friday becoming even more perfect than it already is but it can be. If you’re single that is…

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Just 10 days and counting

Tuesday October 11, 2016

There are a few milestones to pass when it comes to planning one of our lock and key dating parties.

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Autumn – Why this is the busiest time for dating

Friday October 7, 2016

Let’s get the downside out of the way. As of October, the summer is over. It’s gone. It’s dead and it’s buried for at least another. Six. Miserable. Months.

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The Great London Date OFF

Wednesday October 5, 2016

Our Offline Dating Parties offer the recipe for an awesome night out where meeting people is the order of the day.

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Back to the future of dating

Thursday September 29, 2016

From meeting in real life to online dating to Tinder and back to real life. Why, because it works best.

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Offline Dating Party - 200+ People Expected

Tuesday August 23, 2016

It's with massive excitement that we announce our next BIG event of 2016, our Late Summer Offline Dating Party on Saturday, 17 September 2016.

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Suggest a speed dating event

Wednesday July 27, 2016

Without wishing to blow one’s own trumpet, we’re already well known as London’s market leaders for speed dating events (toot). Our programme of events covers most areas of London (toot). And we’re proud (toot) of our record of bringing thousands, if not tens of thousands of couples together (toot, toot toot!).

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More Success! - Speed Dating at The Exhibit leads to fairy tale wedding at Muncaster Castle

Wednesday June 22, 2016

The wonderful thing about meeting someone in person is you know right away if that person is for you. That’s exactly what happened just a couple of years ago for Jonathan and Anna.

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This week's top 5 dating tips for men

Monday February 8, 2016

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This week's top 5 dating tips for women

Friday January 29, 2016

In the first of our weekly dating tips for women posts Sam offers up some pearls of dating wisdom to help kickstart your love life.

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Our top 5 speed dating questions of the week

Thursday January 28, 2016

To some, the idea of speed dating can be a little nerve wracking. After all you are on a timer and everyone wants to make a great first impression in the time they have. To help banish those nerves I’ve put together a couple of go-to questions to ensure your date goes off without a hitch.

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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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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.