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First Date Venues: Humble Grape, Battersea

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Kelly took her most recent date to Humble Grape, Battersea. But what did she make of it?

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Ping Pong Dating

Friday January 12, 2018

If you haven't played ping pong before then you must have been living under a rock somewhere!

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Date Ideas - Ice Skating

Monday December 18, 2017

Christmas is by far one of the best times of the year to be dating and you're never short of Christmas activities in London over the festive period.

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This is why Die Hard IS a Christmas film!

Friday December 15, 2017

There's two types of people at Christmas, those who think Die Hard is a Christmas film and those who are wrong.

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OD Social Media Rewards

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Original Dating is going full social media as of next year!

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Date Ideas - Winterville

Wednesday December 6, 2017

There's always so much to do this time of year in London, sometimes you don't know where to start.

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Date Ideas - Four Thieves

Tuesday November 28, 2017

When looking for somewhere to take a date, I always say the best thing to do is to take the pressure of the conversation.

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Date Ideas - South Pole Saloon

Friday November 24, 2017

It's not long till it's socially acceptable to play Fairy Tale of New York as loud as you can and watch Hanz Gruber fall from Nakatomi Plaza (Die Hard).

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Date Ideas - Bounce

Thursday November 16, 2017

Looking for somewhere to take a date that will really impress them? Well look no further than Bounce, the home of Ping Pong.

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Date Ideas-BallieBallerson

Wednesday November 15, 2017

Looking for a great date idea? Something a bit different, that’s tons of fun and sure to make a memorable date? Well look no further than Ballie Ballerson!

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Best Cocktail Pop-Ups for Dates

Monday October 2, 2017

London must be the home of pop-up bars in the UK, with tons of new themed bars popping up all the time and what better places to take a date.

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Days of the Week to Date

Tuesday September 26, 2017

In an ideal world we’d probably all like to have the day off after we go on a date.

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Date Ideas: The Ritzy, Brixton

Tuesday June 20, 2017

The Ritzy in Brixton is a cinema experience like no other. Located in the heart of Brixton, moments from Brixton’s bustling arcade full of cafes and just up from the famous electric avenue.

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Date Venues - The Gorringe Park, Tooting

Monday May 22, 2017

With a multitude of pubs in London it's hard to decide where to go, and let's be honest we usually end up going to the one down the road or round the corner from work...

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First Date Ideas - Plonk Crazy Golf

Friday May 19, 2017

It’s never easy trying to think up something to do for a first date. After all you don’t know them too well, hence it’s a first date, but don’t worry I’m here to give you some top ideas and basically do all the hard work for you.

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The ABCs of First Date Bowling

Monday May 8, 2017

So, let’s say you’ve been along to one of Original Dating’s incredible speed dating nights and you’ve met someone who wants to go on a date with you, ace!

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Drinks, dinner or coffee?

Tuesday May 12, 2015

So what is the best first date? Drinks, coffee or dinner? Obviously being the urbane single in London you have myriad options at your disposal. But I’ve only got space for about 600 words so let’s stick to the classics. Allow me to indulge in a little compare and contrast of the relative merits and demerits of these traditional dating options.

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Warm September Date Ideas

Thursday September 18, 2014

Make the most of the extra long summer of love with our top tips for outdoor dates

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John's Top 5 Warming Winter Venues

Tuesday December 3, 2013

Last time I gave you my Top 5 Winter Dating Venues but let’s be honest, cold is cold. Even the most intrepid of couples will feel the need to warm their proverbial cockles and romance rarely follows frostbite.

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John's Top 5 Autumal Date Ideas in London

Tuesday October 8, 2013

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown) And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey) I went for a walk… Ahem… Sorry. Got a bit carried away there. While it may be tempting to indulge in a little ‘California Dreaming’, you’d be doing the great city of London a huge disservice.

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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.