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Speed Dating in Balham

The Bedford, Balham, London

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Thu 5
AUG

Tickets

£20
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Our age guides are not set in stone. You are still welcome to book tickets if you are slightly outside the published age range.
Age
23-35
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10+
Female left
10+
Home London Speed Dating in Balham

Speed Dating in Balham

The Bedford, Balham, London

Thursday, 5 August 2021

Thu 5
AUG

Tickets

£20
?
Our age guides are not set in stone. You are still welcome to book tickets if you are slightly outside the published age range.
Age
23-35
Male left
10+
Female left
10+

About the event

We’re back in Balham where it all began and we're proud to bring our unique brand of speed dating to the beautifully refurbished Bedford.

Come join us (and around other 30 guests) for a series of four minute dates at the stunning private Cocktail Bar of The Bedford.

We attract a lively crowd to this stylish establishment every other Thursday. Put the phones down and enjoy a night of real life introductions. By the end of the night, you'll have met everyone, and no doubt made a match or three.

Book now!

Important information

This event takes place in the private upstairs cocktail bar. On arrival to the Bedford please make your way to the staircase located to the right of the bar and head upstairs to the cocktail bar where the host will meet you.

- Doors open 7.00pm
- Event starts 7.30pm
- Speed dating finishes approximately 9.30pm
- Venue closes 11.30pm

It’s essential that you arrive before 7.25pm in order to take part. We might not be able to allow entry if you are late.

Price: £20

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Where

The Bedford, Balham's iconic bar, restaurant and live music venue is back after a multi million pound refurbishment. This unrivalled pub and live entertainment venue is now also the new home of Original Dating. We have exclusive access to the first floor Cocktail Bar, perfect for Thursday night speed dating.

Address  The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD

Nearest station  Balham Station

Tel  020 7112 5174 – Please note this is not a booking line

PLEASE NOTE: Advance booking is essential and no tickets will be available to purchase on the door. Online booking is simple and very secure. Our payments are handled by Stripe, one of the world's largest payment processors using the highest grade security currently available.

Reviews

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Pheihan Verified Attendee
  People at my table are genuinely nice people and a bottle of champagne after winning quizzes makes a perfect end! Thank you for your generosity and you are amazing host.  
Posted: 17/10/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Pheilan, thanks very much for joining us. It's going to be our list live event for some time sadly.

Lucy Verified Attendee
  Just nice to do things non digitally!!  
Posted: 12/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Hey Lucy, so happy to see you enjoyed the night. It might be the last live gig we do for a while.

Mark Verified Attendee
  Well run, fun event.  
Posted: 11/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Mark, lovely review thanks!

Sameer Verified Attendee
  Good event. Would have been nicer to be able to chat with girls a little longer to establish more of a connection.  
Posted: 11/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Sameer, thanks for feeding back

Peter Verified Attendee
  Slick organiser, nice people  
Posted: 10/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Music to our ears, thanks Pete.

Craig Verified Attendee
  Great evening  
Posted: 10/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Brilliant, thanks Craig.

Eva Verified Attendee
  Very nice evening  
Posted: 10/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Lovely feedback, thank you Eva.

Rebecca Verified Attendee
  Nice to meet people face to face - makes a change from dating apps!  
Posted: 09/09/2020

Original Dating reply

There really is nothing quite like meeting face to face.

Payam Verified Attendee
  Really great night!  
Posted: 04/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Thanks so much!

Lily Verified Attendee
  Good to have lots of guys, good venue.  
Posted: 03/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Hey Lily, delighted to see you enjoyed our new socially distanced dating format!

Chris Verified Attendee
  Very nice fun event I will recommend this events to my friends .Chris  
Posted: 03/09/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Chris, amazing feedback thank you!

Adriano Verified Attendee
  friendly people, no awkwardness  
Posted: 02/09/2020

Original Dating reply

That's what we like!

Jea Verified Attendee
  I think the place was really dark, was my only issue.  
Posted: 28/08/2020

Original Dating reply

Some people rather like that, but it's something we'll take on board!

NISAR Verified Attendee
  good time, great people  
Posted: 27/08/2020

Original Dating reply

Good man!

Chris Verified Attendee
  Very funny  
Posted: 27/08/2020

Original Dating reply

Cheers Chris!

Alex Verified Attendee
  The Speed Dating was set up well with sufficient Covid-19 precautions. The host ran the show well, telling everyone what they needed to do and all went smoothly. It would have been slightly better if there were a few more dates, although it seems that some people bailed last minute which is more a flaw of human nature than the speed dating event itself.  
Posted: 26/08/2020

Original Dating reply

Hey Alex, thanks for the feedback. We're doing all we can to be COVID secure

Stephen Verified Attendee
  Good, chilled event. Cozy venue. Would have been good to have a few more dates but completely understand the current Covid restrictions make that difficult!  
Posted: 25/08/2020

Original Dating reply

Cheers Stephen

Michael Verified Attendee
  was fun - lots of potential in lockdown  
Posted: 28/03/2020
Luke Verified Attendee
  Fun, unique, and worked well!  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Richard Verified Attendee
  Great concept idea (I.e a virtual speed dating event). Thumbs up from me.  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Arabella Verified Attendee
  Surprisingly, for a virtual event and my first attempt at speed dating it work well. Once we had got into the break out rooms it was a good system and allowed us to talk freely.  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Joanna Verified Attendee
  This was a very thought out session  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Vicki Verified Attendee
  It was nice meeting people virtually and quite relaxing doing it from home.  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Jessica Verified Attendee
  Interesting alternative to face-to-face speed dating  
Posted: 27/03/2020
Daniel Verified Attendee
  The host was friendly and helped everybody ease into the event. Was generally great vibes, would come again, if no one matches with me of course haha  
Posted: 11/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Daniel, thanks very much!

Ohiana Verified Attendee
  Amazing and very interesting event  
Posted: 04/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Thanks for letting us know! Delighted you enjoyed it.

Shaugnah Verified Attendee
  Great host! Pretty simple evening  
Posted: 04/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Thanks so much.

Alex Verified Attendee
  Good time. Everyone was friendly and easy to chat with! Easy way to have a good night out!  
Posted: 04/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Alex, happy to read your positive review thank you.

Molly Verified Attendee
  Really lovely host who did a good job at organising the event. Everyone was lovely and friendly :)  
Posted: 03/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Molly, Daniel will be delighted to read your review!

Aimee Verified Attendee
  Lovely atmosphere. Dan was very welcoming and as a first timer (and on my own) made me feel at ease. Would come again  
Posted: 03/03/2020

Original Dating reply

Thanks so much Aimee, we're very happy to read you had a positive first speed dating experience!

Jessica Verified Attendee
  Such a fun night :) would definitely recommend !  
Posted: 14/02/2020
Davide Verified Attendee
  Host provided much needed enthusiasm and helped break the ice, good location and a fun group  
Posted: 14/02/2020
Tof Verified Attendee
  Great people, great venue!  
Posted: 17/01/2020

Original Dating reply

We love The Bedford too. Glad you enjoyed meeting everyone.

Alex Verified Attendee
  Everyone was very friendly so it wasn’t an intimidating experience. I was expecting there to be more people at the event though.  
Posted: 16/01/2020

Original Dating reply

Hi Alex, thanks for your feedback. Totally agree, this event was a touch quieter - I guess January is a long month so that kept a few people away.

Filippos Verified Attendee
  Had an amazing first experience speed dating at the Bedford. The host was amazing and the people that showed up were super cool. Thank you for tonight.  
Posted: 16/01/2020

Original Dating reply

So pleased you had such a great time. Delighted to read your review.

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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.