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Ideas for a cheap first proper date

Monday January 23, 2023

Going on a first date can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a bit stressful. One of the biggest stresses can be figuring out what to do on the date, especially if you're trying to stick to a budget

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Money to tight to mention? Don’t let the cost of living crisis ruin your love life

Tuesday January 10, 2023

Dating during a cost of living crisis can be a bit tricky. With finances tight, it can be hard to come up with the funds for Michelin starred dinners or extravagant outings. But don't let the cost of living crisis get you down! There are plenty of ways to have a great date without breaking the bank.

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Why speed dating is a great thing to do in 2023

Wednesday January 4, 2023

Speed dating has now been around for decades, and it's still a popular and effective way to meet new people and potentially find love. In 2023, speed dating is a great thing to do for a number of reasons.

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Why you should try Virtual Speed Dating

Friday February 26, 2021

Video calls, meetings, classes and more have been utterly normalised over the past year and whilst we prefer to have the option of doing all these things in person, the video genie isn’t going back into the bottle.

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The road to recovery for speed dating events

Tuesday February 23, 2021

Yesterday saw Boris Johnson lay out an outline plan that will see a relaxation of many of the restrictions put in place to manage the pandemic.

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Why did a speed dating company build an online dating site in 2021?

Friday February 19, 2021

We needed a hub to bring all our clients together.

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What the Rule of Six Means for Speed Dating

Friday September 11, 2020

Having endured the misery of lockdown, the single folks of London have been dealt another blow in the form of the new ‘Rule of Six’ law coming into effect on Monday.

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Our Christmas Lock & Key Party

Friday November 22, 2019

On Saturday December 7, 2019 we're expecting well over 300 people to join us for our BIG Christmas Lock and Key Party.

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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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Original Expands. More

Thursday February 7, 2019

After our busiest January on record, and without a moment to catch our breath we’ve arrived in February and there’s no sign of anything slowing down here at OD HQ.

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Our Valentine's Dating Events in 2019

Tuesday January 22, 2019

The time around Valentine's Day is one of the most popular times of year for dating. Check out our biggest and best Valentine's dating events in 2019

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Dim Sum Dating

Tuesday December 18, 2018

Dim Sum Dating is the new hot and steamy dating event for London.

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The Bedford, Balham

Tuesday December 18, 2018

You've probably heard of The Bedford, Balham's iconic bar and live events venue but you've probably not heard of its recent multi million pound refurbishment.

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Give the gift of speed dating this Christmas

Friday December 14, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner it can be tricky to seek out the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for singleton in your life.

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Our FIRST EVER Speed Dating Chocolat

Tuesday November 27, 2018

It was a momentous day on Sunday, 25 November and this day shall be remembered from here on as the day that brought us the delicious new dating event Speed Dating Chocolat.

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Speed Dating Chocolat

Monday November 19, 2018

When Hotel Chocolat contacted us about the possibility of running a chocolate tasting dating event, we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't want to host such a unique dating experience.

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Our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Last night was our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating at the gorgeous upstairs of The Coach & Horses and I must say it was possibly one of our best ever speed dating events yet!

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It's nice to be niche

Thursday November 1, 2018

As dating event organisers of long standing you might think we’d have developed a high degree of understanding of relationship compatibility. The recipe to the secret sauce that explains why people get together and start to date.

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The complete speed dating guide for men

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Guys if you've never been speed dating before or even if you have but want to get more out of the experience next time round, you've came to the right place.

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Speed Dating Oxford

Friday October 12, 2018

Original Dating continues to grow and one of the our more recent cities is Oxford.

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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.