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It's Here! Rock The Boat - Summer Boat Party 2015

Tuesday June 23, 2015

While Valentine’s Day is the Christmas of the dating industry, this is the event we at Original Dating really look forward to and you’d be mad to miss it. It’s Rock The Boat, our biggest and best party of the year.

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Why Summertime Speed Dating is Particularly Special

Tuesday June 9, 2015

If large summer parties are Ibiza on steroids, then summer speed dating in London is the Italian hill top private bar over-looking the Mediterranean. Or so says John Davis as he explains why the summer is the best time for speed dating.

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The Utimate Lock & Key Party FAQ

Monday June 8, 2015

Our lock and key parties are justifiably becoming the most sought after singles events in London. You have a brilliant conversation starter in lock and key – including champagne prizes - mini speed date sessions just so you can say you’ve given it a go, a great nights entertainment from an exceptional live band, and our own unique matching app, Mixeo, so you can stay in touch with those you connect with.

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Summer in the City - Lock & Key Party!

Wednesday May 27, 2015

We host plenty of events in cracking venues and, when summer hits, we welcome hundreds of you aboard our justifiably famous boat parties. And yet, there’s more to a London summer than just the river.

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Lock & Key Parties - A Guide for the Perplexed

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Before you start balking at the thought of a 70’s throwback and a very large bowl, fear not. Lock and Key is a really straight forward way to make sure everyone mingles without the need for awkward silences.

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Event Report: Mingle at The Mal Lock and Key Party

Monday May 18, 2015

What started out at 8pm as a relatively sedate affair had, within 30 minutes, erupted into a full blown party – The perfect introduction to the Summer.

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Event Report: The Spring Fling Party - April 2015

Thursday April 23, 2015

There’s something special about spring. I don’t know if it’s the taste of things to come following all the rain of winter, or simply the idea of new beginnings. Either way, our Spring Fling 2015 certainly ushered in the new season with style.

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Gentlemen of London, this city needs you. Yes YOU!

Tuesday April 7, 2015

Gentlemen of London, this city needs you. Yes YOU! The single one with the face and stuff. I’m the first to declare that men are not from Mars and women are not from Venus. And yet there are some glaring behavioural differences – albeit socially constructed – between the sexes.

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Lock & Key - A Guide for the Perplexed

Thursday March 19, 2015

Before we start, some trivia for you: Cagophily - the collecting of keys. Cleithrophobia - The fear of being trapped or locked up. Unless you’ve been living under a rock – or perhaps locked up in prison – you’ll know that very soon we have our Spring Fling Party 2015.

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The Spring Fling Lock & Key Party 2015

Friday March 6, 2015

Tickets Now Available For The Most Anticipated Singles Event of the Year SPRING NEEDS YOU!

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Review: The Anthologist in The City

Wednesday March 4, 2015

The City of London is known for its attraction to big. Big bonuses, big budgets, big brands and big bars.

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Newsletter February 2015

Monday March 2, 2015

NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2015 It may only be February but it's been a busy time for us here at Original HQ.

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Our Valentine's Night Boat Party - Valentine's Unlocked!

Wednesday January 28, 2015

Valentine's Unlocked Boat Party 2015 Saturday Feb 14, 2015

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Our BIG Summer Boat Party 2014

Tuesday April 29, 2014

On Saturday June 7, 2014 we're having a HUGE boat party and it's called Rock The Boat. 250 people will join us aboard the good ship Golden Jubilee for this three hour afternoon party cruise on the River Thames and we'd absolutely love you to be there too.

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Event Report: The Spring Fling Lock & Key Party

Tuesday April 15, 2014

We’ve been running singles events a long time now and we ran our first lock and key party 10 years ago in 2004. Since then we’ve run well in excess of 2000 events but still to this day we feel a surge of excitement when party day comes round. Our most recent party was called the Spring Fling and it took place on Saturday April 12, 2014, this time at the newly refurbished, beautifully boutique Malmaison Hotel on Charterhouse Square in Clerkenwell.

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Our Spring Fling Party is just around the Corner

Monday March 31, 2014

The Spring Fling - Saturday April 12, 2014 Spring seems to have finally sprung and it's such a great time to meet someone new, just in time for what we hope to be another long hot summer. This weekend the clocks have finally changed and for the first time in 2014 there’s a chance you’ll be able to enjoy an after work drink with the sun on your face. Ah, bliss!

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THE MISTLETOE MINGLE | CHRISTMAS LOCK & KEY PARTY 2013

Tuesday December 3, 2013

We're throwing a pre-Christmas lock & key party on Saturday 7th of December in the stunning bar of The Malmaison Hotel in Clerkenwell and we'd love you to be there!

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John’s Top Xmas Tips For The Single Londoner – Out and About

Monday November 18, 2013

Looking for some festive outdoor fun in London? Check out John's pick of date destinations in London this winter.

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A little update

Thursday November 7, 2013

It’s been a while since my last article but here I am back at the keyboard and I’ve got to admit, it’s a relief.

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BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL DATING BOAT PARTY CHANGES WEATHER

Thursday June 13, 2013

It's an oft cited legend within the dating world that if you want to find a Saturday that will remain dry, find out when the next Original Dating Boat Party is.

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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.