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New Events, Venues & More in 2018
January 12, 2018 AT 9:21PM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

As 2018 is now in full swing, we look forward to a new year full of new beginnings and fresh starts. As London’s chosen speed dating hosts, Dateinadash are used to handing out helpful advice in terms of love and life but this new year has brought a lot of new changes for us as well. As with everything great in life we have had to say farewell to some of our previous London speed dating venues for a variety of reasons.

While we say goodbye to Shaka Zulu, the Roof Gardens, Tattershall Castle, Piccadilly Institute and Mahiki, there’s also plenty of exciting new things to focus on. Letting go of the past and focusing on the future is our mantra for 2018. From here on in we are focusing our attention on what’s possible. With this in mind, Dateinadash are delighted to be welcoming aboard a range of fantastic venues to our line up and we cannot wait to share this exciting news with you!

We’ve got new venues at Dirty Martini in the City, Montezuma in Kensington, Dirty Harry’s Soho, and we will also see the welcome return of JuJu for our Valentine’s bash this year. The latter will also have a special place in our hearts as this is the venue where Dateinadash enjoyed our very first party! It’s crazy to think we’ve been in the world of dating since 2012! How time flies when you’re having fun as the old saying goes!

In a nutshell, here’s a quick lowdown on some of our new and fantastic London speed dating venues as a teaser!

Dirty Martini City

As a very successful chain of chic and rather spectacular bars across London and the whole of the UK, Dateinadash are delighted to have welcomed this venue to our long list of speed dating venues. With seven stunning venues, the Dirty Spirit is never far away from your doorstep! As an ideal location for cocktail lovers seeking a martini or two in the heart of London, Dirty Martini City is a fantastic venue to kick back, relax and unwind, or attend one of our ever popular speed dating events.

Montezuma

Attracting fashionable party goers and London socialites, Montezuma is a buzzing London club in the ever popular Chelsea and Kensington region. With a late license until 3am, Montezuma is a fantastic addition to our ever growing list of London speed dating venues. The stylish golden interior oozes sophistication and elegance and an array of gorgeous cocktails are available the whole night through to ensure you have a night to remember!

Dirty Harry’s Soho

As one of the largest back bars in London, Dirty Harry’s Soho is somewhere you cannot afford to miss! With delicious drinks and cocktails to suit everyone’s tastes (including an impressive 44 beers to choose from) Dirty Harry’s is a great place to let your hair down. Enjoy an evening out and revel in the chance to mingle, chat and flirt with plenty of likeminded singletons from across the capital. So, what are you waiting for? Buy a ticket to one of our upcoming events and see what Cupid has in store for you this year.....

JuJu Chelsea

Located along the infamous Kings Road in Chelsea, JuJu is one of the most premium cocktail bars and nightclubs in the heart of London. An ever popular favourite with regulars from the Chelsea area and celebrities alike, JuJu is a firm favourite of Dateinadash’s. As we’ve already mentioned, JuJu was the venue where we held our first ever party way back in 2012! Fast forward to 2018 and we are delighted to be welcoming this gorgeous venue back with a fantastic Valentine’s party once again in the heart of the city.

To join in the fun this year, grab a ticket to one of our upcoming London speed dating events by visiting our Upcoming Events page. We look forward to seeing you lovely lot very soon!


Our Guide To Celebrating New Years Eve In London
December 27, 2017 AT 5:10PM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

It’s hard to believe, but yes it will soon be 2018!! And what a fabulous year 2017 has been!! But stop- it’s not over just yet! If you are foot loose and fancy free why not see the New Year in, in style!

Living, working and socialising in London is pretty special! Brimming with incredible New Year’s Eve parties from old school raves, classic wine and cheese nights to full on partying in chichest of venues, London has it all.

So as London’s #1 speed dating hosts, Dateinadash are here to help. Our definitive round up of the New Year’s Eve celebrations, ideal for singletons near and far makes it easy to track down the perfect New Year’s Eve bash this year. Whatever you are looking for, we’ve got something for everyone.

While London may have a reputation for being expensive, we’ve found a real gem for you. Victoria’s Greenwood has FREE entry on the night! What a bargain?! That said, if you want to secure entry for NYE, it’s possible to get advanced tickets for only £10 including a complimentary drink.

Want to unleash your inner child? Head over to Ballie Ballerson, a gorgeous bar complete with a ball pit! This year this unique venue is putting on a New Year’s Eve bonanza complete with sparklers, complimentary champagne and DJs galore for you to dance the night away.

Another fantastic NYE celebration, ideal for singles is a Las-Vegas themed party at Madison. So, if you want to see the fireworks AND also party the night away, this venue is the perfect mix of both. Featuring a stunning rooftop with unforgettable views of the London skyline, and of course the midnight fireworks, this could well be the perfect place to chat, flirt and mingle with other gorgeous singletons.

Alternatively, if you are after something a little different, why not step back in time to the 1920’s? Hester’s Hideout in the heart of London is throwing a fancy dress night out for just £25! Within the ticket price, you get a delicious cocktail, plus a glass of bubbly as the clock strikes midnight!

Finally, if you are in the festive spirit, why not head over to the magical Winterland London where you’ll enjoy an amazing Christmassy event? Featuring gorgeous 2-4-1 cocktails from 8PM and an impressive ice cold vodka luge, we think you’ll be loving seeing the New Year in here. To avoid the festive fun it’s advisable to grab yourself an early bird ticket which will guarantee you a mulled cider on arrival, and one main and a side dish from Jimmy’s Lodge.

So there you have it, say ‘goodbye’ 2017 and bring in 2018 in style! Let’s ring out the old and ring in the new with oodles of other gorgeous singles in your local area. And don’t forget, if you are still standing after all the New Year’s Eve fireworks and dancing, there’s plenty of opportunities to start the celebrations all over again on New Year’s Day.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all from the Dateinadash team here at HQ!


What Christmas Present Choices Really Say About Your Partner
December 7, 2017 AT 2:04PM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

Whether you unwrap gorgeous jewelry, a Disney film, sexy undies, gig tickets or a brand new ironing board, Londons most popular Speed dating hosts, Dateinadash gives you the lowdown on the true meaning behind those gifts this Christmas!

As the old saying goes, a picture paints a thousand words and it really is true- the same applies to gifts! So, as you scour the web and rummage around in your local shops, whether you know it or not, unconscious feelings and motivations drive your choices. But what this really means is that the gifts you receive from your family, friends and most importantly, your loved one or new love interest, give you huge clues about what they are thinking!

If youve recently started seeing someone new, your luck is in! According to a recent study, in the first few years of dating the gifts people received were rated as being highly in tune with what the receiver actually wanted. But its bad news for many in long term relationships- apparently the longer some people were together, the less meaningful gifts became.

But that shouldnt be an excuse- no one should take their other halves for granted, especially at Christmas and while the festive period isnt all about gifts, it is about love and being around those you love. So, be thoughtful this Christmas and really think about what your other half would like, rather than what they need. Gifts should have meaning, regardless of the price tag so take a little time to consider your choices.

But regardless of how long youve been dating, albeit a few months or several years, presents are one part of the puzzle to your emotional connection. With this in mind, our London speed dating hosts have taken the time to consider what some of the presents under your tree (potentially) could reveal about your partner. One thing is for sure, its impossible to get inside anyones head but we think weve hit the nail on the head with our top favourite presents and their meanings for 2017.

Expensive, sophisticated jewellery

This type of gift shows a traditional and quite serious lover. Without a doubt they take you seriously and its unlikely you will ever feel neglected. Its likely that this type of person is a steady, reliable individual who youll feel secure with. Happy Christmas and enjoy your new bling!

A cuddly toy, or Disney film!

As you can imagine, this type of partner is forever youthful. That said, it could also mean they are also a little immature as well. Loveable, affectionate and thoughtful, this type of Christmas gift shows a real sense of fun and suggests a playful side to their personality which could feed into your relationship. Enjoy the giggles and of course, snuggling on the sofa with your oh so cute Christmas presents!

Perfume or male grooming products

This is significant of a relationship thats still in the full flush sexual chemistry. It reveals clear attraction and expectation of a full on relationship. Whats more, as crazy as it sounds, gifts like this can signal that s/hes sexually confident, too, and wants nothing more than having her needs met.

Of course, on the flipside- heaven help the man who has poor personal hygiene, because this is a big hint from her: sort it out now is the message!

Sexy lingerie

We think this one is quite straightforward and simple. Gifts like these reveal a true passion for you. Your new love interest sees you as a bit of a goddess and as a sensual woman with many levels to your personality (which of course is absolutely spot on! No questions asked)

Now the only issue here could be that, if its very early in your relationship, sexy lingerie may be seen as a little presumptuous of them to think youre ready for such red-hot passion. But if you are, or if you have already crossed that line, sexy lingerie shows how your lover wants to indulge you so expect a big dollop of some red-hot loving!

Naming a star or something personalised

Now this type of present really shows just how much of a romantic your partner is. Its fair to say they probably have you up on a pedestal and what a lovely place to be! This type of partner is reliable, a hopeless romantic and an old fashion giver of thoughtful gifts.

And while this all sounds lovely and really sweet, if its right at the start of your relationship, some may see it as a little creepy. Why? Because true romantics dont like their bubble burst and sometimes struggle to deal with the day to day struggles couples face. But we dont want to dampen your excitement at such an eternally lasting gift with so much thought so lets leave it there.

Tickets to see something you love

This type of partner wants to show you a good time and they try hard to impress you whenever they can. Whats more, they are enthusiastic about your relationship which is a great trait and it also reveals how much they care about what you like.

Finally, as London speed dating hosts submerged in the world of dating, wed say that they probably also have a spontaneous side within your relationship that keeps things lively.

A vacuum cleaner

While this type of purchase is a necessity for many homes, receiving a vacuum cleaner as a Christmas gift reveals a lack of imagination that might permeate your whole relationship. Also, theres clearly no more spontaneity in the relationship and this type of partner shows things have got very pragmatic.

On the flipside, if youve asked for an iron or a blender it shows your partner listens to you. Theyre probably straightforward and uncomplicated in your relationship.

Its the icing on the cake if they get you what youve asked for, plus a fun/imaginative little gift on the side. Otherwise this could flag up the start of general neglect within your relationship and might be a warning sign which needs to be addressed. So there you have it, it really is true. The gifts you receive provide a lot of tell-tale signs about your partner and your relationship which is especially true at Christmas time!

Whether you realise it or not, what you choose for people at Christmas, says a great deal about you, and your feelings about them so let your feelings run wild this festive period and enjoy the feeling of love like never before!


Best Pop Up Xmas Bars For A Date
December 4, 2017 AT 7:09PM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

Willing to accept it or not, winter is now upon us and in the run up Christmas, now’s the perfect time to explore the capital with your new love interest, and it’s the perfect place to take your new date.

With short days and long, dark nights, London really does come alive in the winter time with glorious winter themed bars and pop ups! So, why not get yourselves in from the cold and chilly weather and check out some of the best Pop up bars in London for a date!

Jimmy’s Winter Lodge - Fondue Club

With a gorgeous alpine lodge, a downstairs bar and a spectacular fondue restaurant upstairs, Jimmy’s Winter Lodge is the perfect winter destination in London this winter! If you are looking for something a little different for your date night, look no further. Conveniently situated just a stone’s throw away from Waterloo, Jimmy’s Winter Club has everything you need for a fun themed evening out! Adorable snow globes on the bank sides for private, alfresco eating, this little gem of a venue is the ideal winter date in London this year.

Sky Garden’s Winter Bar Pop Up

With mulled wine, delicious hot chocolate, toasties and Champagne, what more could you want from a winter bar in London? Not much we’d say! The Sky Bar in city of London is adding a huge dollop of Christmas cheer to the winter menu so why not check it out and see what all the fuss is about? Perfect for those seeking something a little different, food and drink and fun time partying this wintertime.

Nordic Bar

Situated in the heart of Fitzrovia, the aptly named Nordic Bar brings a taste of Scandinavia to London, and boy what a great venue it is! While it might be chilly outside, this rustic yet very chic bar has lots to shout about! Vodka, delicious meatballs, Smorgasbords and all the decor you could wish for, the Nordic Bar really is like a winter-cabin come bar in the centre of town! The perfect venue for chatting and drinking, private meetings and first dates in London! And, the best bit? It’s happily affordable and the perfect winter date destination!

The Churchill Bar’s Winter Terrace

Located at The Hyatt Regency hotel on Portman Square, not far from Oxford Circus, The Churchill Bar has an inside, but it’s the terrace that you'll want to book a table at. Covered under a canopy, with heated lamps to make sure you'll keep toastie, it just the cutest looking terrace in central London. It almost has a vintage London theme, with Victorian clocks, oil lamps and a exposed brick walls with a chalk board of the days specials, It's a small terrace, but it adds the cosy feel. Perfect for a winter date in London this 2017.

The Treehouse at SkyLounge

Atop the Skylounge in the heart of London, the roof space has recently launched its winter residency, an enchanting treehouse themed bar set among the glittering rooftops of the city. Enjoy naughty winter treats such as savoury spiced rum cocktails and peanut butter ice cream cookies and kick back, relax and unwind this winter time.

Dinerama

The Shoreditch Street Feast Team are back to deliver a winter wonderland! With an alpine lodge, an undercover wine garden and a crystal cocktail palace, this London venue boasts a wealth of delicious street food heavyweights and killer cocktails for all to enjoy despite the weather! Try something different and see what you think. We think you’re going to love it!

So there you have it, a selection of London’s best pop up bars and winter themed venues to enjoy this winter! And if you haven’t yet met that special person, why not come and join in the fun at one of our singles events and London speed dating events across the capital? We will guarantee a great evening of fun with likeminded individuals and if you aren’t lucky enough to find a match the first time around, we’ll give you tickets to another upcoming speed dating event in London absolutely free of charge!


Our Favourite Christmas Films For Singles
November 29, 2017 AT 1:42AM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

The festive period is fast approaching. Soon enough the Christmas lights will be switched on, the tree will up and well be munching our way through our Advent calendars until the big day! So what better time to kick back, relax and unwind with your loved one and watch some fabulous Christmas films guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit! Weve chosen a mixture of some classics with some newer, less well known flicks so you can choose whatever takes your fancy!

1) Finding Christmas

Released in 2013, this very funny film is based around two single men who are totally fed up with the dating scenes in their towns. With this in mind, the pair make the decision to swap homes with each other to take a break, mix things up, and nurse their dating wounds. As you can only imagine both guys begin to quickly reassess what they are looking for in life, and love. As time goes on both benefit from the new perspective offered by their new homes and environments. And if you love The Holiday, this romantic movie will certainly tick many of the boxes as they are somewhat similar in more ways than one!

2) Its A Wonderful Life

Beautifully bringing together schmaltz and trauma, this 1946 box office favourite is still a treasure today in 2017! This James Stuart is widely thought of as a classic as it features festive themes alongside the darker side of reality including bankruptcy, suicide and death. Now this might sound all a little too heavy for this time of year but its a real eye opener and will most certainly keep your feet firmly on the ground, and squeeze your loved ones a little harder. Just trust us on this one, as a Christmas film Its a Wonderful Life is knowingly sentimental but wonderful all at the same time!

3) Twelve Dates of Christmas

This is a truly wonderful Christmas movie. On Christmas Eve a young woman is set up on a blind date and is given twelve chances to relive the same date until she eventually gets it right! The only way we can describe this Christmas flick is by saying its a real mix of Scrooge and Groundhog Day (another classic!). The young star has to make a decision about whether she should try and win back her ex-boyfriend, or pursue the new guy who shes got twelve chances with to break the cycle, or forget them both and go for something else entirely. A real food good Christmas movie- one to watch!

4) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The main star in this Christmas flick is Jennifer - a single mom who hates Christmas. So much so that her six year old son begins to doubt whether Father Christmas even exists! Over the festive period, the family are visited by Uncle Ralph, who brings a tag along from his flights- an interesting man whos never lost his love of Christmas. With a real zest for life, the unexpected visitor reminds everyone what Christmas is really about. A fantastic movie thats suitable for all young and old. Perfect if you fancy snuggling down with your new love interest!

5) The Christmas Card

While this film is a Christmas themed movie, it also deals with some very pressing matters, still very relevant today including war, celebration, horror and peace. Expect a whirlwind of emotion with this film which is based around a soldier serving in Afghanistan. After receiving a Christmas card from a woman he has never met he then goes to the town where she lives to find her. This film explores the extremes of human experienceand does so very well. Be warned, itll make you blub!

6) Four Christmases

Its hard to get bored of the mighty Vince Vaughn dont you think? Yep, we think so too. This great Christmas film is a sure winner if you are looking for a giggle and some lighthearted entertainment! So whats the craic? Well, when their plans for an exotic vacation fall apart, unmarried couple Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) must spend Christmas Day trudging around to a quartet of family get-togethers. While Brad counts the hours till he can escape the onslaught of crazy relatives, Kate begins to wonder about her own choices and ponders whether her family members are so crazy after all. A must have this festive period!

7) Elf

If you want to get in the Christmas mood, look no further. This smash hit from 2003 has become a true modern classic as people watch it again and again and never seem to be bored! And if funnyman Will Ferrell is your kind of humour youre off to a flying start! Based around a human raised as an obstreperous elf who finally meets his real-life dad, Elf is an all round favourite with kids and adults alike. You definitely cannot go wrong with this little gem!

8) The Muppet Christmas Carol

Featuring Michael Caine, this puppet rendering from the nineties (1992 in fact!) is a take on Charles Dickens story and what a story it is! Filled with laughter and silliness, this Christmas flick is another classic thatll get you in the mood for Christmas, even with crochety Ebeneezer in the cast! A hilarious movie with a human touch to lighten up the storyline! If youve never watched this classic, we suggest you grab a copy and enjoy.

9) Love Actually

2003 was certainly a year for Christmas movies- first Elf and now Love Actually! Again, another modern classic, Love Actually is a Christmas film that you can never really get bored of in truth! Throughout the film, a total of nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary. For those of us who watched this film when it was released, I bet well be watching it again very soon, and for those who havent watched it- what are you waiting for? A guaranteed feel good Christmas flick!

10) Home Alone

Rewind all the way back to 1990 and youll remember (possibly!) this epic Christmas movie. Home Alone is a great film which focuses on an 8 year old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) who is forgotten on a family trip. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home. And what a fabulous job bratty Kevin does in protecting what is rightfully his- if youve no watched this film before 1) Where on earth have you been? and 2) Youll soon be cheering for Kevin this Christmas!

So there you have it! Ten top Christmas films thatll get you in the festive spirit one way or another. We think weve included something for everyone- some golden oldies, modern classics and newer releases for you to take your pick from. And however you spend the festive period, why not have a break from all the crazy TV ads, endless wrapping of presents and flashing Christmas lights and head out to any of our upcoming London Speed Dating events. With oodles of fantastic singles events being held in London across the year, Christmas is no different and what better time to find someone special rather during the festive period.

For more information, take a look at our list of upcoming events.


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