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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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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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Event Review - Quiz Dating

Thursday May 7, 2015

Okay. I admit it. I’m a bit of a geek. I love quizzes. To me they offer the perfect opportunity to pretend you have knowledge while proving you don’t, and at the same time are a great way to meet a whole bunch of people in a relaxed, fun environment.

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John's top riverside bars to enjoy over the bank holiday weekend

Friday May 1, 2015

There is very little better during a summer bank holiday in London than chilling out by the river with good company and good beer.

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John’s Top Pick of London Dating Blogs

Thursday April 16, 2015

There are some very successful dating bloggers out there at the moment. But I was recently party to a twitter conversation between two such bloggers in which they lamented the possibility that they may in fact meet someone, at which stage their blogging career would effectively end.

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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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Feel the fear and speed date anyway! – A guide for the guys

Monday March 23, 2015

I apologise. The title of this blog sounds like a motivational exercise video from the 80’s replete with golden mullet and over-white teeth. Then again, from the questions I’m often asked and what many people are telling me, there is quite a lot of nervousness when it comes to speed dating. Since year 1ASD (after speed dating roughly circa. 2000AD) the perception of speed dating has changed immeasurably. Well not quite. I measured it. It’s about yay long.

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How to reply to an online dating message

Friday March 20, 2015

Er meh gerd! You so, like, totes got a message! So how do you like, y’know, respond n stuff? Congratulations. You’ve clearly been reading my advice and written an awesome profile, your photos look good and you’ve been rewarded with a message!

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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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Cycle speed dating. Should we?

Thursday March 12, 2015

We’ve been asked recently if we’d run some cycle speed dating events. Simply, speed dating events especially for people that cycle. As always, we’re keen on running new and innovative speed dating events designed to appeal to people with common interests so naturally the answer was yes.

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Top Five Books To Impress him

Monday March 9, 2015

Hello fellow sapiosexuals one and all. I think we can all agree there’s something attractive about people who carry an easy intelligence with them. The problem is, how can you tell? And even if you can, how do you impress in equal measure?

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The Top 10 Reasons why Visiting the Toilet Could Save Your Speed Date

Friday March 6, 2015

Speed dating events in London are the perfect way to meet like-minded singles. You'll meet a lot of people when you speed date and the chances are you'll meet at least one person you click with. However, quite naturally not everyone you meet is going to be your type. How do you deal with that one in ten that really isn’t for you? What to do if things get awkward? Occasionally, for whatever reason, it’s best to bow out gracefully and give yourself a bit of personal space. Doing so at the right time can reap significant benefits in the medium term. So here are my top ten tips on why excusing yourself for a bathroom break could reinvigorate your speed date.

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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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Speed Dating in Earlsfield

Friday March 6, 2015

Following on from my last blog post about holding events in lovely local establishments for the more discerning individual we're pleased to announce a new partnership, this time in Earlsfield.

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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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The top five books to impress her

Thursday March 5, 2015

We’re about to launch the UK’s first regular Literary Speed Dating Event. Think of it as a kind of speed dating book club. So never let it be said we send you into the world unprepared.

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How to WOW in four minutes

Thursday March 5, 2015

It’s always a tough one, particularly for the first timer, and one of the major questions I get asked at Speed Date events in London – what should I talk about?

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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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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.