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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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We're famous

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Here at Original Dating we believe in what we do - creating fun social events for single people with friendly environments where people can make new connections.

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Dating advice from fictional characters

Friday June 8, 2018

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life – Oscar Wilde

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The Top 6 Things Women 1st Notice About Men – And How to use them to Your Advantage

Friday June 5, 2015

You know you’re a nice guy right? You’re single, have a job, friendly (and have good friends), and people say you’re great company. Your female friends regularly express surprise that you’re still single. Yet the idea of meeting someone who isn’t a friend of a friend while out of an evening not only seems an impossibility, it fills you with a slight, but genuine, dread.

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Where are all the Male Dating Bloggers?

Friday May 29, 2015

It’s a peculiar fact that the vast majority of dating bloggers are female. Even among match makers gents are underrepresented. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an equality debate. Those who know me will testify to my tendency to publicly rail against the patriarchy and I’m a firm believer in forms of positive discrimination.

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To beard or not to beard. Is that a question?

Friday March 6, 2015

Peak Beard or Hirsute Heaven. Every so often I get asked for fashion advice. If you’ve ever met me this simple fact is hilarious and you’re probably unable to read the rest of the article because of laughter induced incapacitation.

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5 top tips to prepare for a first date

Friday January 16, 2015

Dating can be tough, but the rewards can offer you more than enough to compensate for the initial scary step into the dating world. If you’ve met someone on a speed dating night that you’d like to get to know better, and you’re planning your first “proper” date, it can be pretty nerve-wracking. With this in mind, we’ve put together 5 of the most important tips to help that first date go well. You never know, it may be the start of something special!

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Dating is about People Not Pixels

Friday January 11, 2013

There's no doubt that online dating is popular these days, but I think it's fair to say it does have some drawbacks. Let's examine them.

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New to London? Why you should try Speed Dating in 2013

Thursday January 10, 2013

Oh London. London, London, London. Songs have been written about you, poems penned and odes um… oded. Some celebrate your majesty, others your darker side, but whatever is to be said about London it's certainly unique.

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New Year, New Relationship – And how to find it

Friday December 7, 2012

I can't stand New Year's resolutions. Other peoples that is. Self-reflection is the key to progression but all New Year's resolutions seem to be are affirmations that somehow, with the chime of midnight, your previous self will somehow be irrevocably altered. Start at the beginning I say. Instead of "I will lose weight" it should be "Why did I let myself get so fat?"; "I'll work harder" should be "Why was I so lazy all year?"; and "I will meet someone" should be "why am I single?"

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What makes a successful speed dating event

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Successful events, like beauty, are apparently in the eye of the beholder. And yet, like beauty we can all go some way to making that eye spy in a more favourable way. And like beauty there are some base measures by which we can judge the relative success of an event.

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10 Reasons Why Speed Dating is the Best Way to Meet People in London

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Sometimes people need a little convincing about the benefits of speed dating over online dating. We asked John Davis, London's most experienced dating events host to reveal his top ten reason why you should be speed dating if you're serious about meeting somebody.

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Dispelling the myths of speed dating: Don't believe what you read on the internet

Friday November 9, 2012

I don't normally use my time off to research work related topics but I'd recently begun to wonder what the rest of the world thought about speed dating. I'd heard that many still see it as a little odd, if not sad and desperate. Where, I thought, are they getting this misinformation?

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Friday November 2, 2012

There are some men who tread their own path, who carve a way through life unique from all those around them. To you sirs, wherever you are, I salute you. I have had the privilege of meeting many of you because you are the ones who attend Speed Dating events, often alone because you are a pioneer, a trend-setter, a man amongst boys.

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Speed Dating from a hosts perspective

Monday October 8, 2012

Who wouldn't want a job where you get to meet such a broad spectrum of professionals from all sorts of backgrounds?

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Can you date someone with different political views?

Wednesday September 19, 2012

For many of us, politics are a big deal. Some people are even defined by their politics and it becomes an important part of their personality. When it comes to speed dating, some people screen their matches based on their political ideals and affiliations - if they give a wrong answer, they don't have a chance. Is this fair?

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Their eyes met across a crowded room full of speeddaters

Thursday August 9, 2012

Barbara Cartland would have approved of the way Caroline Eversham and Mario Bassi fell in love: their eyes met across a crowded room and, in the course of a snatched, shy conversation, both recognised a kindred spirit.

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Three-minute speed date has couple rushing to the altar

Thursday August 9, 2012

This article was written by Nic Fleming and first published on April 9th 2004 by the Daily Telegraph coverring the first ever couple to meet and get married as a result of an Original Dating speed dating event.

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Speed dating couple to tie knot

Thursday August 9, 2012

This article was first published on the BBC news website on April 14th, 2004 coverring the first ever couple to meet and get married as a result of an Original Dating speed dating event.

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An insiders Guide to Speed Dating

Thursday August 9, 2012

Speed dating, so we are being told these days, is the newest dating craze and is taking the capital by storm, so naturally we thought some single members of the office should be sent out to try the waters...

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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.