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Southend-on-sea is the largest town in Essex and it's no wonder it has the longest pier in the world.

Southend's pleasure pier stretches over a mile from shore. That's a pretty big claim to fame but here's another claim we think Southend should have...with over 180,000 Southenders it's about time Southend had the best in quality speed dating and there's only one company that can deliver just that, Original Dating. 

That's great, but who are you? 

Let us introduce ourselves, we're Original Dating and we run the best speed dating events in London and we're quickly growing across the UK. Original Dating is the leading singles/dating events organiser and we pride ourselves on delivering quality, well attended and fun events that are all about meeting people.

With Original Dating you're in safe hands, we've been organising quality dating events since 2003. We're even responsible for the UK's first ever wedding from two speed daters who met at one of our events back in 2004. We now welcome 15,000+ people to our events every year. 

How does speed dating work? 

It's simple. Speed dating is a lot of quick introductions lasting around 4 minutes which means you'll meet around 15-20 other singles in just one night. Four minutes is the perfect amount of time to decide you'd like to see someone again and not that long if you don't. Meeting new people has never been such fun, and there's plenty of time before, during and after to share a drink and a laugh. This is super social evening makes meeting people easy. 

What if I meet someone I like? 

Well that's where our bespoke matching system comes in. After you've met everyone, usually the following day you login to our website and select everyone as either a yes, a no or a friend.  By the end of the day we'll send you your matches. Then you can message one another and be organising your next date in no time. 

Original Dating is super excited about speed dating in Southend, as no doubt you are too. If you want be amongst the first to hear about our events in Southend simply sign up now and we'll keep you posted. 



The beauty of Speed Dating Southend 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 Southend 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 Southend 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.