Speed Dating in Balham

The Bedford, Balham, London

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Original Dating is back in Balham where it all began and we're very proud to bring you speed dating at the Bedford.

Come join around 40 guests in the private first floor Cocktail Bar of the newly refurbished Bedford. If you're looking for a fun night of meeting people in person then you won't find a better night out than this.

We attract a lively crowd to this stylish establishment every other Thursday. Put the phones down and enjoy a night of short introductions as you make your way round the room. By the end of the night you'll have met everyone and no doubt made a match or three.

The fun doesn't stop there, the Bedford has five beautiful bars to enjoy including The Clubroom.

Make this night the start of a wonderful weekend.

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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Join around 30 guests at the hottest speed date in Balham at this newly refurbished and iconic venue.


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.

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Meet your host


The latest addition of the Original Dating team comes in the shape of Lizzie. Lizzie has bags of energy and with her performance experience she brings a fun hosting style to proceedings. You'll be in good hands with Lizzie and certain to have an entertaining night.

Speed Dating in Balham

Speed dating is all about having a fun night out and meeting new people, face to face in the easiest possible way. Focus on enjoying yourself, don't take it too seriously and you'll have a great night.


How it works

When you arrive at the venue you’ll meet our friendly hosts. We’ll briefly explain the format of the event and you’ll be straight into your first date.

You’ll have 4 minutes to meet and briefly get to know each person. We’ve found that 4 minutes is just long enough to find out if you'd like to see someone again but not too long if you don't.

Girls stay at the same table throughout the evening and guys move around the room.


After meeting each person, you need to decide if they are a ‘yes’ a ‘no’ or a ‘friend’ and jot down any notes to help you remember them. You'll find out who you matched with the next day and you can message your matches via our app or website.

We'll have a short break halfway through for you to top up your drinks.


After the event

The speed dating is over when you’ve met everybody, but this is often when the fun really starts. Most people stay at the bar for a few drinks and get to know the people they liked a little better.


Our events are guaranteed

If you don't meet someone you want to see again at one of our speed dating events your next speed dating event is free.


Why not join us for this event? 80% of clients get at least one match! When it comes to speed dating in Balham nobody does it better!