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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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Will you meet the one in 2013?

Thursday December 20, 2012

Online Dating might seem like the obvious thing to do if you are single and looking to start a relationship. There's 1000's of members near you and they are all single and looking too. Great idea right? Err, no.

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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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Speed Dating Vs Lock & Key Parties

Friday November 30, 2012

With all the different events we run, I'm often asked which is the 'best' one to attend. There really is no straight answer to this but let's focus on our main events: speed dating and lock & key parties.

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Speed Dating Weddings and Other Success Stories

Monday November 26, 2012

There's a certain irony to speed dating. Some speed dating companies, particularly those run by large multinational online dating firms, are adamant that they can match you with the love of your life - that this is the primary focus of speed dating. Given their online roots it makes a degree of sense that they should think so. But it's not entirely true.

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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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Really Good first date ideas in London

Tuesday November 20, 2012

We're great at getting people together. In fact 100s of couples have first dates as a result of meeting at our speed dating events and parties every year. Here's some inspiration if you're trying to think up really good ideas for what to do on your first date.

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Speed Dating Returns to Clapham Junction and More Speed Dating History

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Believe it or not Original Dating started running speed dating events almost 10 years ago in April 2003. We've run literally thousands of events across London since then and some might say we've got really quite good at it over the years.

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Welcome to the all new Original Dating website

Thursday August 16, 2012

It's been rather a long time coming but today we're delighted to unveil our brand new website and branding, so whadaaya you think?

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Review of The Balham Bowls Club

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Over the last few years Balham has become a go to place for great food and funky bars. Despite the streets being occasionally clogged with 4x4 push chairs replete with yummy mummies and designer labels the dating single can find some great place to find refreshment.

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Samantha Cohen gets all excited speed dating in Hampstead

Thursday August 9, 2012

I've learnt always to exercise caution when I am urged to try out the latest US-inspired fad. For every Myla Pearl thong there are a dozen boob tubes and day-glo leg warmers cluttering up the dark corners of my wardrobe.

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At the single mingle - Short story about speed dating by Kelly Roberts

Tuesday July 31, 2012

A short story about the travails of speed dating in London by Kelly Roberts.

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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.