I said to myself at the beginning of the year that the next 12 months will be all about self love and self care. Which I’m still staying true to. But as a single parent working from home and studying it’s hard to meet new people out here. So I decided to embrace dating, not to search for love, but as I’m a social creature, I thrive off of human interaction. There’s something really exciting about meeting new people, the possibility that you could find your new best mate, companionship, someone to replace your bedroom toy, (speaking of, have you seen THIS post yet?? wink wink). Needless to say, the possibilities are quite endless when you’re networking with new people.
I was invited along to a speed dating night by Date in a Dash, who host regular dating events and singles parties, pretty much every night of the week across London.
Armed with an off-the-shoulder top and red lipstick, I headed up to Camden where the dating experience would take place. The event was held at Gilgamesh, which is a gorgoues venue in the heart of Camden Market. There was a room reserved at the back of the restaurant, you head over to the hosts who hand you a name tag and a sheet with helpful ‘ice breaker’ questions, as well as space on the back to write the names of each date with the options: Yes, No, or Friends. Which you hand in at the end.
(Those you match with are notified on the website the following day. To book an event you have to create an account to keep track of your bookings and matches. I think this is a great, safe way to continue building relationships with anyone you connect with at the event. There’s no numbers exchanged or last names revealed.)
I had no idea what to expect or what type of person I’d meet. I was half hoping for it to be like that scene in Hitch, but there was no Will Smith in sight, to my despair. As you might imagine, the type of guys that go speed dating aren’t sought after to say the least.
Each guy has 4 minutes to chat to you and make an impression. While most were pleasant to speak to, there were a good handful of people I’d cross the street to avoid if I ever saw them again. 4 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but god there were a lot of occasions I wish the ground could’ve swallowed me up.
The age range of that event was from 21-40, but I don’t think there was one male under 25. Which meant most of the time I struggled to find any common ground.
All in all the experience was very cringeworthy and I certainly did not find anything remotely close to Prince Charming, more along the lines of… Lord Farquuad.
HOWEVER, this doesn’t reflect the well organised evening and great events that Date in a Dash provide for people of all ages to meet, hang out and have a good time. The hosts were very professional and friendly! If you are considering dating events please don’t let me put you off as despite the awkwardness, it was a fun evening. Something you can giggle about with your pals or future love interests.
If I were to go along to another event, I’d bring a friend along for moral support and chose a less conventional dating event. Such as, the pub crawls and quizzes that Date in a Dash host. Take a look at their website for upcoming events.
So there’s my LOL of an experience! Are you a single parent too? How do you find dating and meeting new people, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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