Looking for some festive outdoor fun in London? Check out John's pick of date destinations in London this winter.
Back in 2010, a documentary – Catfish* - was released that followed the exploits of Nev Schulman. Nev had established a serious relationship online but suspicions grew as to the veracity of his paramour’s true identity. Nev undertakes to meet her in person. In reality she is, of course, somewhat different from her online persona.
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.
All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown) And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey) I went for a walk… Ahem… Sorry. Got a bit carried away there. While it may be tempting to indulge in a little ‘California Dreaming’, you’d be doing the great city of London a huge disservice.
It sounds like a treatment for a reality TV show. Take 40 strangers. Put them in a room. Add a drop of alcohol. Force them to chat to each other for four minutes each. Light the blue touch paper and stand well back. Perhaps not even a reality show, perhaps simply a disaster movie. And yet this is what we do 6 nights a week, 51 weeks of the year. And we've yet to scrape blood off the walls.
One of the most significant revelations I’ve had regarding speed dating in London occurred about a month ago. For me, speed dating is less about meeting the ‘one’ than it is about meeting a whole bunch of like minded singles, having a chat and enjoying a genuinely fun night. And it certainly beats going down to the Dog & Desperate with the same mates talking about the same things and waking up with the same hangover AGAIN.
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.
The perception of speed dating has changed significantly in the last 10 years or so. No longer seen as the preserve of the desperate and dateless, it has become a normal – dare I say fashionable – way to meet like minded individuals, even if it is just for fun evening out.
Notwithstanding the vagaries of British weather, it's that time of year to dust off the sun cream, smile in the face of sunburn and seek out some of the best spots in London to watch the city come alive from above. London's skyline is amazing and so enjoying a drink with a view is always a pleasure. The trouble with rooftop bars is just that. They're on a rooftop so not always easy to spot from ground level. Worry no more as we've done all the searching for you.
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?
I’m going to make a prediction. The weather is going to get much better. Okay this may be as vague as a professional psychics claims and appear overly optimistic but we could all do with a bit more optimism.
We’ve looked at almost every aspect of dating in this blog. How to woo with words; most romantic restaurants; top date locations; worst dating lines… But what we haven’t done is focus on one of the main businesses of the venues we run events in. Drink.
Ah Easter. A peculiar time of year. Depending on your belief system, it’s either a time for mourning, a time for celebrating, or simply time off work.
Thousands of single folk take part in speed dating every month. There’s a very good reason of course – It’s a lot of fun and it's a great way of meeting people fast.
It’s time to make that reservation, if you haven’t already. And even if you don’t yet have a date, we have a few events at which you will most likely find at least one dining partner before the weekend. So, with this in mind, here is, in no particular order, my top 5 most romantic restaurants for this Valentines week.
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, "Never, in the field of human dating, has so much dating been done, by some many, in so few venues", in this case one.
If you like your cocktails served up with an admirable amount of kitsch and Tom Cruise/Brian Brown shaming flaming then The London Cocktail Club deserves a visit.
Fancy a bit of Kulcha in your dating life? Looking to impress with your knowledge of the more intellectual offerings of this fine city? Then let me guide you through my top 5 cultural date venues.
2012 was a tough year for most of us. Crazy weather, financial struggles, companies going bust. If you're single it can be even harder. Which is why people seem to be turning to the more important things in life. Other people.
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.