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The Top 6 Things Women 1st Notice About Men – And How to use them to Your Advantage

Friday June 5, 2015

You know you’re a nice guy right? You’re single, have a job, friendly (and have good friends), and people say you’re great company. Your female friends regularly express surprise that you’re still single. Yet the idea of meeting someone who isn’t a friend of a friend while out of an evening not only seems an impossibility, it fills you with a slight, but genuine, dread.

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Five ways to tell if he's a keeper - on date number one

Thursday May 21, 2015

This is number one and the story's just begun singing doo-wa-diddy-diddy-dum-diddy-doo Um… Sorry. Got a little carried away there. Back to the task at hand. Helping the serious single navigate the riverways of romance.

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Summer Dating - Fashion Tips For Men

Friday April 24, 2015

Man alive, the weather recently has been fantastic! And each day some doomsayer proclaims that tomorrow it will ‘go back to normal’. But whether it does or does not, summer really is just around the corner.

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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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Top 5 Reasons why online dating is unlikely to work for you

Tuesday March 17, 2015

Online Dating is a misnomer, the internet is full of fakes and liars and the industry has got it all wrong. At least so thinks our regular blogger John Davis. So here’s John’s top 5 reasons why online dating isn't all it’s cracked up to be.

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5 Reasons Why Last Night A Speed Date Saved My Life

Tuesday March 10, 2015

I’m not normally a cynical person but sometimes the day to day can become mundane. Yesterday I had one of ‘those days’. Work was slow, bills were flowing in, the writing side of my brain wasn’t working properly and I essentially spent 8 hours staring at a computer screen. All I wanted to do was head home, eat pizza, drink wine and watch some rubbish on Netflix.

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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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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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5 top tips to prepare for a first date

Friday January 16, 2015

Dating can be tough, but the rewards can offer you more than enough to compensate for the initial scary step into the dating world. If you’ve met someone on a speed dating night that you’d like to get to know better, and you’re planning your first “proper” date, it can be pretty nerve-wracking. With this in mind, we’ve put together 5 of the most important tips to help that first date go well. You never know, it may be the start of something special!

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Top Speed Dating Tips by Caroline

Monday June 30, 2014

Dating expert Carolyn McKline trawls through the oodles of speed dating tips available and compiles practical advice for real people considering speed dating for the first time.

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Five Speed Dating Tips For Girls

Wednesday May 22, 2013

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.

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Dispelling the myths of the so called dating gurus

Thursday May 16, 2013

The dating industry is worth billions and some have got very, very rich indeed off the back of one of our greatest fears: remaining alone. There are literally thousands of books dedicated to teaching people how to 'pick up' - The little tricks and tactics to make you absolutely irresistible to all but the deceased.

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How to be the Perfect Pickup Artist [Infographic]

Monday April 22, 2013

We came across this rather funny infographic about how guys might go about picking up girls using special pick-up techniques. You never know this might work but we'd always recomend being yourself. Enjoy.

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5 New Rules For ‘New’ World Dating

Friday April 5, 2013

The Dating World has changed, not least because of the influence of technology. Yet chivalry and manners still operate in the same way and can make the difference between a wonderful second and third date or a polite thanks but no thanks.

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Top Five Tips For Your First London Speed Dating Experience

Thursday March 28, 2013

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.

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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.