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What is speeddating all about?

Speed dating, or "speeddating" as it is sometimes written, is a fun, easy and safe way to meet up to 20 people in one night. Speed dating does away with all of the most common pitfalls that come with dating - the difficulty of finding new people, the awkwardness of the first meeting, and the time wasted finding out that the person you're dating isn't right for you.

With speed dating, everyone is there to meet other people - just like you. You have just enough time with each person to decide whether or not you would like to see them again, and you only get put in contact with the people you want to meet who also want to meet you again - no more awkward phone calls and no having to avoid people you don't like.

What sort of people go speed dating?

Most are professionals who want to improve their chances of meeting the right person. They're generally normal, attractive people with varied interests who normally mix with the same group of friends and work colleagues and rarely get the opportunity to meet many new people in one go.

Speed dating is ideal for those who lead busy lives, don't have much time and want to meet new people in a fun, safe environment.

How does Speed Dating work?

Upon arrival at one of our speed dating events, you will be registered and given a personalised badge with a number on it. Once the dating part of the evening starts, those with badge number one will start at table number one, those with badge number two at table number two and so on. After four minutes, a whistle will sound, the girls will stay seated and all the guys will move round one table. This continues (with a fifteen minute half time break) until you have met everyone there.

What if I like another speed dater?

You will probably like lots of other people at one of our Speed Dating evenings - the difficulty is choosing who you would really like to see again. Use your Speeding Ticket to make notes as you go along and tick the people you like.

Do many people come on their own?

Some do - we make a point of ensuring our organisers will make sure you are comfortable. Many people find it easier to bring a friend along for moral support and to help overcome the first date nerves.

 

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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 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. 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.

 

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