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.
This is number one and the story's just begun singing doo-wa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-doo Um… Sorry. Got a little carried away there. Back to the task at hand. Helping the serious single navigate the riverways of romance.
Original Dating has teamed up with dating expert, Jerry O'hare to bring you a series of practical articles based on his forthcoming book, Daring to Date, due to be published later in the year. Over to Jerry. Enjoy!
When people find out I do speed dating I’m generally asked two specific questions: What sort of people go? And which events are the best?
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 a 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 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!
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.