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15 Awkward Speed Dating Situations!
March 28, 2020 AT 10:48AM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

When it comes to speed dating you've got 4 minutes to make your impression and potentially change your life forever. When it goes well, you can feel it. You get that warm fuzzy feeling and cannot wait to chat with your speed dater after the event has finished. But when it goes wrong, you just want to move onto the next speed dater as quickly as possible. As London's #1 speed dating hosts, we've had our fair share of blips and know the best way to get out of any awkward speed dating situations like a pro.

When things go a little 'Pete-Tong', we know first hand how everyone wants to vanish into thin air without so much as a goodbye. Of course, the most awkward speed dating encounter can be caused by pretty much anything but here we detail 15 awkward speed dating situations.

1) We all dread that moment when someone asks for your number, and you don't want to give it to them. Not just in a speed dating environment, but it's awkward in general to turn someone down. The thing you need to remember is it's your right to give out your number for any reason. It doesn't make you rude, it just means you're in control of your life and who has contact with you. Of course, you could just tell them to wait until the matches are announced.

2) Oppps, there goes the wine! If you manage to spill wine, here's hoping it's on you and not the singleton sat in front you. Either way, now's the time to use humour! But why laugh at your blunder? Because it'll show your date you're human and don't take yourself too seriously. What's more, you'll be able to see how they react- if they don't take it too well. Wrap it up and move the hell on! 3) Next up is when the topics turn to a controversial and you can't agree to disagree. This is more than one of you hating chick-flicks or football. This is politics, exes and other controversial topics, likely to make people flair up (if they aren't willing to be grown up about it). During a speed dating event, it's not the time to bash, argue or ridicule. It's all about respecting other people's views, even if they don't align to your own personal views. Can your date be kind when you disagree? That person is a keeper. If not, don't fret, maybe they aren't your perfect match, and that's OK! 4) What about if your date cannot stop checking their phone, or replying to text messages? As experienced speed dating hosts, we'd say the only time this is OK is if a genuine emergency takes place. To stop this happening, it's best to keep your phone well clear of the table to avoid any unnecessary awkwardness.

5) Ekkkkk, you run into one of your exes while at the speed dating event. As we all know, it's a free world and everyone is entitled to do as they wish. If you get stuck in this totally awks situation, you can either be nice with a simple 'hi' or nod. That's all that's needed in this situation. Concentrate your time and energy on your speed date and smile! Living well and being happy is the best kind of revenge.

6) There's definitely some truth in too much of a good- especially when it comes to alcohol on your speed date. There's never a great excuse for getting drunk before or on your speed date, especially if it's the first time you've met the person sat in front of you. Of course, if you find yourself too drunk (or your date is beyond tipsy) you can always put it down to nerves and apologise. Of course, if your date understands, we think you might have found a good one!

7) We've all been there we can't remember someone's name- even if they've said it! As a nation, we've become adept at chatting with people we see all the time (ie. around work or at the school playground) without ever addressing someone by name, or made use of 'tags' like mate, babe or 'hey' to hide our forgetfulness. But when you're on a date it's really embarrassing and slightly awkward to wiggle out of it quite so easily! Our best advice here would be ask a fellow speed dater and hope that they save the day.

8) Next up is bad breath! According to new research, halitosis is the biggest turn-off when it comes to finding a potential love interest. It's deemed a bigger turn off than terrible dress sense, being late, poor manners or bad jokes. If you suffer from bad breath yourself, steer clear of strong coffee, red wine, spicy foods and of course, garlic; the food of vampires!

9) If you don't have a date to spend your evening with, panic not! As London's most experienced and most loved speed dating hosts, Dateinadash will transform your evening! One of our 'oh so' lovely hosts will happily spend their time chatting with you, keeping you focused on the task in hand and giving you the confidence to nab yourself a date next time!

10) It's a tad awkward if you know you're date isn't really interested in getting to know you (although you've only got 4 minutes to burn so just hang on in there!). If your date gets distracted, antsy or sit there in complete silence, it'll feel crystal clear that your date has little patience or interest for conversation.

11) Similarly, your date could not give you the time of day to get a word in edgeways. While 'it's good to talk' your speed dating experience needs to be a two way communication for it work!

12) While this theoretically shouldn't be awkward (as everyone is individual and can be themselves), if your speed date rocks up wearing Crocs with socks, you'll feel yourself wishing the 4 minutes to hurry to hell up. It's true; everyone can wear whatever they wish, but if you're looking for someone trendy or with a cool taste in fashion, this may well not be the date for you. Be polite and respectable and move on!

13) Uh oh! You've clapped eyes on the speed daters in the room and you realise the person sat in front of you is an ex, or someone you've previously dated! We get it; this would be totally awks but be the better person and rock adulthood. Whatever happened before, doesn't impact what's going to happen moving forwards. We mean, you don't need to fall in love with this person, just chat and enjoy the rest of your evening!

14) Feels a little bit being at school but it can be awkward if the speed dater fancies your friend and not you! Just a little word of warning; accept this as part of life- everyone likes who they like but take it in your stride. Maybe you can play matchmaker and see what Cupid has in store for your friend. Your time will come!

15) Last and by no means least, one of the awkward speed dating situations to be in is a speed dater proclaiming they aren't interested in a relationship! Remind yourself why you are there; to find love and live your best life. OK, not everyone will want a relationships but it's probably not the most positive way to approach a first 'date' situation! Far too often we assume we can convert a player into relationship material if they get to know us but the truth is (in our dating experience) if they tell you from the start that this isnt going to be a relationship, believe them. The choice is yours!

Virtual Speed Dating London
March 24, 2020 AT 9:29AM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

Wow, what a crazy few weeks it's been in the UK and specifically in our fabulous capital. With the news just in that bars, pubs and restaurants are to shut their doors this evening, Dateinadash have switched things up and gear and will be bringing virtual dating to London. While the way we deliver our events might have temporarily changed, there's no need to be all doom and gloom!

To get started, all you'll need is a webcam or a smartphone and you will be ready to interact with a wave of gorgeous guys and girls all in the same boat as you- single, looking for love and potentially already self-isolating!

As with all of our London speed dating events, our virtual dating sessions will be led by a friendly host who will introduce everyone, ask some ice breaker questions to set the mood and organise fun drinking games for everyone to get involved in (should you wish to take part!)

Amidst the fun and games you'll also get to chat to the gorgeous singletons 'one on one' and get to know them a little better, as well as chat amongst each other in a group all at once. And to make it more realistic, there will even be a background of a virtual pub to make you feel right at home (from the comfort of your own home!)

Working and socialising in London has seen a big shift recently but we all need to embrace change and make it work for all of us. Now more than ever we need to dig deep, look out for each other and maintain social contact with people, by whatever means possible! This is why we're certain London virtual dating will go down a storm with the gorgeous singles of the city; the thought of not being able to mingle, flirt and chat with other like minded singles blows most people's minds and we're with you on that.

What's not to love about virtual dating with Dateinadash? There's no need to leave the comfort of your home but there's still the potential to find the love of your life! If not, you'll have a fun night of virtual socialising, we can assure you of that.

Interested? Tickets are 5-10 for a 1.5hr session. Choose between 7pm-8.30pm or 9pm-10.30pm time slot. Please note: There will be a handy post event matching so you can follow up conversations after the session has expired.

Oh, and one last time before we go! We will soon be doing virtual parties with between 50-100 people in attendance. Expect fun drinking games and lots of chances to flirt with an array of like-minded London singletons! Watch this space for more details...

Coronavirus Dating Update
March 16, 2020 AT 11:32AM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment
While everyone's talking about the unwanted arrival of Covid-19, we're here to bring some reassurance and positivity to you! High fives all round; ALL of our London speed dating events are going ahead as planned.

Official Advice as of Sunday 15th March

As per the NHS website, COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by a virus called Coronavirus.

If you have any of the following symptoms the advice is to stay at home for 7 days:

A new, continuous cough- repeatedly coughing
A high temperature - you feel hot to touch on your chest or back

There's no need to go to a pharmacy, GP or hospital and you don't need to contact 111 that you are staying at home. Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home. However, if your symptoms do not clear up within 7 days, get worse or you feel you cannot cope at home, call the 111 helpline (if you can't find online help).

For peace of mind, all of our speed dating events are going ahead and we're very much looking forward to welcoming you all! If you aren't experiencing any of the above, we cannot wait to see you at our exclusive speed dating venues across the capital. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!

In line with current recommendations, we ask that everyone in attendance washes their hands thoroughly with soap and water- for at least 20 seconds. Each venue will have these facilities as standard but we advise you also wash your hands before and after you get to the venue for good measure. Each of our friendly, experienced speed dating hosts will be armed with the gold dust that is hand sanitiser gel for extra precaution and for peace of mind all round!

Of course, cleanliness will be at the top of everyone's priorities which is why we'll be wiping down all the tables at regular points for tip top conditions. As a hard working team, Dateinadash would like to put your mind at ease. We'll deal with all the safety side of things, so you can relax, unwind and enjoy your evening of guaranteed fun. Meeting with like-minded London singles, each and every one of our speed dating events will have you chatting, flirting and mingling with other singles in exactly the boat as you- single and ready to find love!

Finally, all our terms still apply with regards to cancelling any of our London speed dating events. Namely, we aren't able to accept cancellations less than 3 days before any given event as this could compromise the success and quality of the event due to the uneven ratio of males/females in attendance. For our full terms and conditions, click here.

Looking forwards...

Fancy trying out speed dating in London? Look no further than Dateinadash, London's most loved speed dating hosts. We will put your safety first for a guaranteed fun evening- just kick back, relax and go with the flow. Check out our range of Upcoming Events for more information!

Why January Is The Best Month To Start Dating
January 13, 2020 AT 11:18AM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

With a new year upon us and the turn of a brand new decade, 2020 is set to be a great year! As with every new year comes new resolutions and a new focus on life, love and all things positive! But don't just believe us when we say January is hands down the best month for dating!

So what makes January so special in the world of dating? Take it first hand from us, London's #1 chosen speed dating company, New Years resolutions are the strongest at the beginning of the year. At this point of the month, everyone is keen to start a brand new week after getting the first full week back at work out of the way and what better distraction than focusing on YOU!

After the twinkly loved up romance of Christmas and New Year's Eve, January can feel like a bleak, endless month of loneliness. All that lies ahead of you are five weeks of painfully dragging out your post-Christmas pay cheque and feeling like the month itself will never end. To top it off, you're aimlessly trying to squeeze back into your pre-Christmas clothes and dreading the long, dark mornings and nights!

So instead, why not turn your hand at Speed dating in London to try and beat the January blues? Turn your thoughts and heart towards love and discover what could lie ahead for you this January when you ditch wasting your money on random nights out. Use that well earned cash to buy yourself a London speed dating ticket for guaranteed fun with like-minded singletons of the city!

If it's been said once, it's been said a hundred times but it really is true! The New Year is the perfect time to get yourself straight and set your goals for the year. Take advantage of a brand new year and open up your horizons by trying something new and exciting. For one night only, why not ditch your textbook 'type' and chat with an array of professional singles looking for love?

From experience, the team here at Dateinadash say you'll have a ball trying new ways to bring news of meeting people into your dating world. As cliche as it sounds, you have a whole year to fill with speed dating success this year. There's nothing to lose, but potentially a lot to gain as you spend an evening of fun at an exclusive venues, mingling and flirting with others in the same boat as you.

Another fantastic reason to find love this January is that wintertime boasts so many opportunities for romantic date ideas. From ice skating to cosy pub dates and even ski lessons, January is full of promise and a great excuse to wrap up warm, get snuggly and enjoy the crisp winter temperatures. You may even get some beautiful sunshine to brighten up your day! Don't laze about at home feeling sorry for yourself, embrace the moment and arrange to join one of our ever popular London speed dating events; there's plenty to choose from so don't delay!

Next, because everyone is keen to try out their new years resolutions, there's always plenty of new faces springing up at all of our events. While this is fantastic new for everyone, don't delay in grabbing your ticket to one of our upcoming events or you'll be kicking yourself on potential love matches!

Finally, if you get your butt in gear sharpish and join in with one of our events, you may well find love in time for Spring. Springtime brings a whole new lease of life as the days get longer and the sun begins to shine. This means you could well be holding hands and canoodling for Valentine's Day and many of the other wonderful events throughout the year! So what have you got to lose?

Give speed dating a try with Dateinadash and see what Cupid has in store for you this month! Plus, our No Match Guarantee means there's 100% success rate. It really is as simple as that; if you don't meet someone you would like to see again at our speed dating event, you'll get to come to another event absolutely free of charge!

Twelve Dates Of Christmas
December 13, 2019 AT 9:57PM GMT+0200 | 0 comments | leave a comment

With Christmas fast approaching, we've put together an eclectic mix of the best things to do in London this Christmas time! As London's #1 speed dating hosts, we think you'll love the buzz of all things fun. What better way to spend the holidays than with someone special. We'd say love is definitely in the air this festive period, wouldn't you agree?

1. Christmas Bauble Blowing

If you're looking for an exciting, hands-on workshop where you make your own blown glass Christmas bauble, this is just the ticket. Why not get in the spirit of Christmas and try your hand at glass-blowing this December? Just two days later and you'll be able to collection your prized creation to treasure yourself or give as a Christmas gift. What better timing hey? Why not pop along with your new love interest and turn the heat up as you experience the ancient art of glass-blowing. Not got anyone on the scene at the moment? Panic not, instead gather a group of friends and family members for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing at the Peter Layton Gallery in Bermondsey, London.

2. Hogwarts in the snow!

If you're crazy about all things Harry Potter, this date idea ticks all of the boxes! This December, all the way into the new year, you'll get the chance to enjoy a magical tour of Hogwarts in the Snow at Wizarding World. Soak up the festive season in all its glory and see the Harry Potter film sets adorned in all things Christmas. A must have if you, or your date has a fascination with the Harry Potter series.

3. Ice, ice baby!

Whether you can give Torvill and Dean a run for their money or you're more likely to be clinging on to the sides (or even skidding over onto your backside!), if you like the idea of ice skating in the city, London has it all. With plenty of fantastic ice rinks to take advantage of, why not give the Winter Wonderland a whirl or head on over to the Natural History Museum for guaranteed fun on the rinks! Plus, if you're lucky enough to be on a date, what's more romantic than flitting about on the ice hand in hand (just watch your balance guys and girls!)

4. Move over GBBO!

We know the Great British Bake Off is finished for another year but that doesn't mean you cannot show off your baking skills right here in London. Whether you want to try this class alone, with a gorgeous date or a group of friends, we think this is a lighthearted and fun way to spend your free time in the city of London. Simply head to Tooting where the The Big London Bake Off will be kicking off and putting your cake making skills to the test this December. From ginger bread men to festive mince pies and everything in between, this tasty baking session is Christmas all wrapped into one we'd say!

5. Winterland, Alpine Club

Head on over to Fulham for a truly Christmassy experience this month. Just don't forget to wrap up warm and snuggly as you'll be heading to Winterland for an alfresco evening of fun under the night's sky. Stare up at the beautiful stars from your private igloo, jump into a toasty hot tub and relax next to heated pergola for a fun filled festive evening you won't forget in a long while. Plus, if you get hungry, enjoy an array of gorgeous street food before strutting some shapes with some of London's top DJs. All round, a winning combination in our eyes!

6. Jimmy's Winter Lodge and Snow Globes

Thanks to pop-up king, Jimmy Garcia, cuddle up on the Southbank and enjoy Christmas the best way possible. Choose from super cute igloos or an adorable winter lodge, and soak up the festive feeling! Serving delicious dishes and to-die-for cocktails, this venue is not to be missed. Since 'popping up' in Balham in 2011, Jimmy's pop ups guarantee great food, unique locations and a friendly service, each and every time. So it's not surprising that this little venture is no different!!

7. Deck the halls!

This month, why not get your creative juices flowing and hone the art of wreath making. Whether it's for your own home or as a gift, learn how to create the perfect wreath for you. Unleash your inner creativity and let your personality shine through with a wreath making workshop, ideal for novices and seasoned pros alike. Take advantage of helpful step by step instructions and have a giggle along the way. Be sure to look out for workshops and pop-up classes across London throughout December.

8. As the temperature drop, things hot up!

Head to Harvey Nichols for a truly unique dating experience this Christmas. On the fourth floor at 111CRYO, hop into an intimate two-person chamber and see temperatures plummet to -90 degrees. But don't panic, you'll only be experiencing this super chilly temperature for a very short period of time. In fact, just enough to boost your serotonin levels to a natural all time high and have you feeling on top of the world. Not only will you feel great, your skin and muscles will also feel refreshed and better than ever before. What's more, there's an integrated stereo so you can get yourselves in the mood and make memories from here on in. Why not give it a try and enjoy the rest of your date on a high for all the right reasons!

9. Enjoy a sensational burlesque show

Yes, it maybe be chilly outside but that's no reason to get down. Pull up a seat at a fantastic burlesque show in the heart of London. If you're looking to spice up a date night or just fancy something different, this ticks all of the boxes. One thing's for sure, it'll have your heart racing and you'll get that warm fuzzy feeling inside. What better way to warm up and brush off the weather outside than with a bevvy of beautiful ladies showing you their mesmerising routines and skills. Not much we'd say!?

10. Immersive Dining Experience

If you're into your arts and culture, this is the perfect Christmas treat for you. Discover Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' retold through an array of fantastic live performances. What's more, you'll enjoy a truly immersive dining experience as you tuck into a wonderful festive feast. So whether you adore Christmas and love everything about it, or share the same qualities as Scrooge, we're certain this remarkable event will have you in full Christmas mood before the night is over. Don't believe us? Grab yourself a ticket and see for yourself...you won't be disappointed.

11. Love Espresso Martinis?

Can we get a hell yeah? We mean, come on, who DOESN'T like an espresso Martini? If you're with the majority of the population who just cannot get enough of this moreish tipple, the Espresso Martini Society has become one of London's most loved pop-ups, and it's back! Delivering a huge festive treat, head over to King's Cross and enjoy five amazing Christmas cocktails. And to top it all off, there's no end to how many you can drink within 90 minutes! The perfect date idea in the city we think!

12.Enjoy a winter's night garden!

If you're looking for a romantic cinema experience with a difference head on into the city and be blown away. Enter an enchanted woodland cinema at the 'Winter Night Garden' by Backyard Cinema and enjoy an outdoor experience like no other. Choose from a flurry of Christmas classics and all time favourites all while snuggling up together under a blanket amongst a beautiful, indoor snow sprinkled forest. You'll also get to enjoy a lovely warm glass of mulled wine to warm you through and get you into the true Christmas spirit! Definitely not to be missed this one...

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