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Dear Redingensians (Yup, I read Wikipedia), it’s time for speed dating.

Reading. The largest town in the UK. A major transport hub and quite definitely not a London commuter hub (more people travel into Reading for work than leave every day).

So why are these single professionals not being sufficiently catered for in the dating event stakes?

Good question and one we’re here to answer.

We’re Original Dating, the biggest - and some say the best - singles events company in London.

We’ve run singles events for over 12 years and even celebrated the first marriage of a couple who met speed dating way back in 2004.

We started in London because that’s where we’re from, but we thought it unfair that Londoners should have all the fun. Let’s be fair, London Irish did exactly the same thing.

So, due to popular demand, we’re coming to Reading.

Speed what?
Speed dating. Four-minute dates are the order of the day with gents moving on after each date. With up to 20 dates to be had you have plenty of opportunities to meet at least one person, you’d like to see again.
And yes, you get a chance to mingle and grab a drink at half time to refuel and brush up on your conversational clangers.

What happens once I’ve met everyone?
Stick around. Most people do. It’s the perfect opportunity to grab a drink, catch up with people you’ve already met and get chatting to everyone there.
It’s really the most sociable part of the evening and people often stay until closing.

I really like someone. What next?
We’ve developed our own unique app called Mixeo for this bit.

After the event, you have until 5 pm the following day to enter your matches on Mixeo. You’ll then get to see who matches you in return and can then chat via the app. The rest is up to you.

Book me in now!
Patience my friend. Sign up above and once we’re ready to go you’ll be one of the first to know. We promise it won’t be long. And we'll also give you 50% off your first event!

Original Dating – Fun, flirtatious and the fastest way to meet someone in Reading.



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.