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Dim Sum Dating

Tuesday December 18, 2018

Dim Sum Dating is the new hot and steamy dating event for London.

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The Bedford, Balham

Tuesday December 18, 2018

You've probably heard of The Bedford, Balham's iconic bar and live events venue but you've probably not heard of its recent multi million pound refurbishment.

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Our FIRST EVER Speed Dating Chocolat

Tuesday November 27, 2018

It was a momentous day on Sunday, 25 November and this day shall be remembered from here on as the day that brought us the delicious new dating event Speed Dating Chocolat.

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Speed Dating Chocolat

Monday November 19, 2018

When Hotel Chocolat contacted us about the possibility of running a chocolate tasting dating event, we jumped at the chance. Who wouldn't want to host such a unique dating experience.

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Our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating

Wednesday November 14, 2018

Last night was our FIRST EVER Vegan Speed Dating at the gorgeous upstairs of The Coach & Horses and I must say it was possibly one of our best ever speed dating events yet!

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The complete speed dating guide for men

Tuesday October 30, 2018

Guys if you've never been speed dating before or even if you have but want to get more out of the experience next time round, you've came to the right place.

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We're famous

Wednesday October 3, 2018

Here at Original Dating we believe in what we do - creating fun social events for single people with friendly environments where people can make new connections.

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Swingers Dating

Wednesday September 5, 2018

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The importance of listening

Tuesday August 14, 2018

Most people do not listen with the intent to understand, they listen with the intent to reply. - Stephen R Covey.

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Swingers Dating

Friday August 3, 2018

It's not quite how it sounds, or maybe it is? You'll certainly be doing a lot of swinging, of your golf club that is because Original Dating have teamed up with Swingers West End to bring you Swingers Dating.

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Summer In The City Offline Dating Party

Wednesday July 11, 2018

It's The Summer In The City Offline Dating Party – Saturday, 14 July! And the words of The Lovin' Spoonful - 'Hot town, summer in the city' have never been more appropriate because this is going to be one hot party, slap dab in the middle of The City, at the beautiful surroundings of The Otherist.

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Dating advice from fictional characters

Friday June 8, 2018

Life imitates art far more than art imitates life – Oscar Wilde

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Why The Summer Sizzler is the hottest singles party in June.

Wednesday May 30, 2018

Do you ever wonder where all the single Londoners are? It feels like every time you're out, everyone's always taken. It's crazy, right?

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Speed Dating Tips - nobody else talks about

Friday May 25, 2018

Are you looking for speed dating advice that isn't hit you over the head obvious and more hit the nail on the head?

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Why choose Speed Dating with Original Dating?

Friday May 11, 2018

Being single is hard work but it shouldn't have to be. You're swiping left, photo after photo waiting for something to swipe right to. Maybe this guy next to the sedated tiger or maybe this girl posing on her trip to Auschwitz (I've seen these on tinder believe it or not!). Then there's the whole debacle of texting someone you've never met and to make matters worse they've put something like 'If you're just gonna say hey, how are how? Keep swiping' in their profile. Great, that's just fantastic, now you've also got to be some incredibly witty comedian and jump through hoops for some narcissist.

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Does speed dating work?

Friday May 4, 2018

Does speed dating work? Will I meet anyone I like? People don't take it seriously though, do they? It's just a bit of fun? You name it, I've heard them all. And the answer to all of the above is, yes.

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What's speed dating like?

Wednesday May 2, 2018

A question I'm asked more often than not is 'What's speed dating like?' Whether it's from people who call in, friends or just anyone that happens to find out this is my job. I never knew either before I started working for Original Dating some 5 years ago.

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Original Dating is back in Balham

Friday April 20, 2018

Original Dating is coming back to Balham. Many moons ago when Speed Dating had just been dreamed up by a Rabbi in New York, there was another not so Jewish young lad the other side of the pond, who thought London deserved Speed Dating. This young lad grew up to be the MD of Original Dating and where did it all begin....Balham.

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Dating Bingo Shoreditch

Thursday April 19, 2018

It's back, Dating Bingo- the dating event with balls! This time we're up at the boho chic Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch.

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Ping Pong Dating - April 26

Tuesday April 17, 2018

Ping Pong Dating for those of you who don't know, is the new social dating event that has emerged as a hugely popular event on the London dating scene.

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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.