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Expat, new to London? We might just be what you’re looking for

Thousands of people move to London every year but let’s face it, it’s hard to meet new people. Lots of people have asked us if we would organise speed dating events designed just for Expats or people that have newly arrived in the city. As London’s leading speed dating organiser we’re well placed to do this but we’re keen to discover the level of interest before we plan our first event.

If you’d like to take part in our first Expat speed dating event please fill out the form below. If enough people sign up we’ll plan an event and notify everyone via email.

Expat speed dating isn’t currently taking place in London. As major speed dating organisers we have a number of venues in Central London that are on standby for such an event - everything is ready for our first EXPAT Speed Dating event – we just need to know we’ve got enough people would like to take part.

Here’s a brief description of what to expect at an Expat speed dating event.

Before the event

Before the event you’ll need to book a ticket for the event. We can’t sell tickets on the door as we need to balance the number of male and female participants at each event. Simply book online. To be informed of our first event please fill out the form above.

On the day of the event

We’ll send you a confirmation email including login details for our website. At this point it a good it’s a good idea to upload a picture to our website so people can see you on our matching system. Because our events are all about meeting people in real life your profile is only ever shown to people you meet at our events.


Please arrive early for your chosen event. The events begin at 7.30pm so give yourself time to get to the venue ahead of the start. It’s always better to have time to grab a drink before the event begins. We choose centrally located venues close to good transit links.

How the event works

On arrival you will be allocated a starting position and your first date will begin. Then you’ll have four around minutes to meet and chat to your first date and decide if you want to see them again. It might sound a little daunting but we find speed daters are always nice people and you’ll soon get used to the short time you have with each person. Most people find it’s enough to get a good first impression. Our host will notify you when the date is over and it’s at this point guys move on to the next girls’ table and the next date will begin. You’ll probably meet around 15-20 people at this event so there’s a good chance you’ll meet someone you want to see again.

The event continues on like this until everyone has met each other. We’ll have a break half way through. Speed Dating can be quite thirsty work but the bar is on hand for this.

After the event

Once you have met everyone the event is over but most people stay on and chat to the other daters.

The next day

The following morning we’ll send you an email when the event is open for matching. You’ll login to our website and you’ll be able to select everyone you like and want to see again.
Once everyone has entered their selections this you’ll be able to view who you matched with on the night and send them messages via out site to arrange more dates! Simple.

If you would like to take part in a expat speed dating in London then please fill out the form above and we’ll let you know when the next event is planned. Don’t forget to tell your friends as the more signups we have, the more change there is of an event taking place.



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.